Review: Two-Way Street

9.08.2011
Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

I had really high expectations for this book, but I think that's just because it sounded really good and I've read one of Lauren Barnholdt's other books. This book definitely didn't meet those expectations. 

The thing that bothered me the most was probably just the way it was written. The book jumped around too much - it started off on the day of the trip, and then not too much later it was 100 days before the trip in Jordan's point of view, and then it was day one of the trip in Courtney's point of view, then 94 days before the trip, then 90 days before the trip, and so on. I get that Barnholdt wanted to show how Jordan and Courtney's relationship came to be, but honestly, it was too much skipping around for me.

Another thing I didn't like - the characters. Since the POV's switched off between Jordan and Courtney through the book, we get to see both their viewpoints of each other. Jordan's view of Courtney was so off most of the time that it simply made me angry. And his thoughts weren't that interesting, either. Both characters seemed so vapid and shallow at times that I didn't want to keep reading. And their friends? Don't even get me started on them.

The plot was probably the best part of this book, and even that didn't interest me very much. Jordan's big "secret" about why he broke up with Courtney wasn't even as mysterious as I was anticipating. And you find out the reason fairly quickly - no suspense.

Overall: While Barnholdt's writing may appeal to some, this book just wasn't for me. I can't think of a single good thing to say about it, other than the concept is an interesting idea: going on a roadtrip with the boy who just dumped you. I just wish Barnholdt had done a better job with it. I feel like I'm being unnaturally harsh, but I can't give it more than 1 star.

~Zoey~
8 comments on "Review: Two-Way Street"
  1. How could anyone mess up such a good concept? Sigh. I wanna know what the big secret was. That was the main reason why I wanted to read the book :P

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  2. It would have worked if you wrote it, Anne xD

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  3. Haha, aw, thanks, Zoey *blushes*
    You know you'd have rocked that concept too :P

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  4. Really? I liked this book, granted, I was in, like, seventh grade when I read it.
    I think I ought to re-read it.

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  5. Laura: That was quite a long time ago :P I just . . . I kept finding everything wrong.

    Anne: Nah, I would have gotten bored and never finished it.

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  6. I wanted to read this book until somebody told me the secret. I don't want to read it anymore ha! :D

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  7. Ghostie: Yeah, I was hoping it would be something way more exciting xD

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  8. O.O Wow....1 star rating...it might just be the author's writing style. This sounds like a disappointment.

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9.08.2011

Review: Two-Way Street

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

I had really high expectations for this book, but I think that's just because it sounded really good and I've read one of Lauren Barnholdt's other books. This book definitely didn't meet those expectations. 

The thing that bothered me the most was probably just the way it was written. The book jumped around too much - it started off on the day of the trip, and then not too much later it was 100 days before the trip in Jordan's point of view, and then it was day one of the trip in Courtney's point of view, then 94 days before the trip, then 90 days before the trip, and so on. I get that Barnholdt wanted to show how Jordan and Courtney's relationship came to be, but honestly, it was too much skipping around for me.

Another thing I didn't like - the characters. Since the POV's switched off between Jordan and Courtney through the book, we get to see both their viewpoints of each other. Jordan's view of Courtney was so off most of the time that it simply made me angry. And his thoughts weren't that interesting, either. Both characters seemed so vapid and shallow at times that I didn't want to keep reading. And their friends? Don't even get me started on them.

The plot was probably the best part of this book, and even that didn't interest me very much. Jordan's big "secret" about why he broke up with Courtney wasn't even as mysterious as I was anticipating. And you find out the reason fairly quickly - no suspense.

Overall: While Barnholdt's writing may appeal to some, this book just wasn't for me. I can't think of a single good thing to say about it, other than the concept is an interesting idea: going on a roadtrip with the boy who just dumped you. I just wish Barnholdt had done a better job with it. I feel like I'm being unnaturally harsh, but I can't give it more than 1 star.

~Zoey~

8 comments:

  1. How could anyone mess up such a good concept? Sigh. I wanna know what the big secret was. That was the main reason why I wanted to read the book :P

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  2. It would have worked if you wrote it, Anne xD

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  3. Haha, aw, thanks, Zoey *blushes*
    You know you'd have rocked that concept too :P

    ReplyDelete
  4. Really? I liked this book, granted, I was in, like, seventh grade when I read it.
    I think I ought to re-read it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Laura: That was quite a long time ago :P I just . . . I kept finding everything wrong.

    Anne: Nah, I would have gotten bored and never finished it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I wanted to read this book until somebody told me the secret. I don't want to read it anymore ha! :D

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  7. Ghostie: Yeah, I was hoping it would be something way more exciting xD

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  8. O.O Wow....1 star rating...it might just be the author's writing style. This sounds like a disappointment.

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