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  1. Cara Cara says:

    Ok so let s list the pros and cons shall we Pros Keep me interested enough to read the whole book Voices and thoughts of the characters were distinctly different and portrayed real teenagers The changing of time frames and narrators was done well Main guy Jordan had his sweet moments Funny at times Now for the Cons way too much cussing I know teenagers cuss but this came off as trying too hard Jordan was basically your typical horny teenage guy that the author tried to make look sweet worked Ok so let s list the pros and cons shall we Pros Keep me interested enough to read the whole book Voices and thoughts of the characters were distinctly different and portrayed real teenagers The changing of time frames and narrators was done well Main guy Jordan had his sweet moments Funny at times Now for the Cons way too much cussing I know teenagers cuss but this came off as trying too hard Jordan was basically your typical horny teenage guy that the author tried to make look sweet worked only some of the time basically he still came off to me as a player Can t say I liked the main girl Courtney at all the whole MySpace thing got annoying portrayed real teenagers which frankly sometimes can be overdone and this case it was and finally what was I suppose tolearnfrom this I guess I m tired of reading teenage aimed literature, or maybe I m growing out of it I don t know, but what I really think the problem is that it wasn t anything really insightful that I could take into my own life That s what good books do and this book didn t do it for me


  2. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    Proceed with the caution of spoilers, although I truly don t think you ll be missing anything with this book.I m probably about to be taking what s supposed to be a light, entertaining read way too seriously Still melodrama suits the cover, the story, the characters and the writing of Two Way Street, and if the shoe fits This is the summary I imagine Barnholdt sent to publishers Keep in mind that I made this up all by my Little Self Courtney and Jordan were doing fine, fine, fine La la la, Proceed with the caution of spoilers, although I truly don t think you ll be missing anything with this book.I m probably about to be taking what s supposed to be a light, entertaining read way too seriously Still melodrama suits the cover, the story, the characters and the writing of Two Way Street, and if the shoe fits This is the summary I imagine Barnholdt sent to publishers Keep in mind that I made this up all by my Little Self Courtney and Jordan were doing fine, fine, fine La la la, this is Courtney and Jordan doing fine They got along great, they never argued, they had perfect chemistry, were both going to the same college and were absolutely, positively head over heels with one another Cue dramatic music That is cue dramatic music until Jordan breaks up with Courtney for some random slut he met on MySpace Unfortunately, their plan for travelling cross country for their college orientation is still on Why the fuck How will Courtney stand hanging around the ex she still loves for three days How will Jordan hide the secrets he s keeping from Courtney How will they be able to stand the heat festering between them If you re an avid reader, you know what happens in the end before you even begin You know that Jordan still loves Courtney and that their break up was made of misunderstandings Now clap for me someone, anyone, whether you re reading this in your car, in a bar or up high in the stars I m a poet now because I AM AN AVID READER THAT S SEEN ALMOST EVERYTHING POSSIBLE IN YA LIT AND I STILL FINISHED THE BOOK No, I m not quite sure why I was so interested in TWS, aside from my foolish hopes that it would provide some insightful thoughts, but simply focus, please, on the miracle in which I FINISHED IT cutesy smile Thanks.Let me begin with the good things about TWS it wasn t heavy and it actually became entertaining in the Point and Laugh kind of way when the novel truly hit High on the Stupidity Chart The road trip Courtney and Jordan were on was also much easier to read than the long winded, way too detailed Amy and Roger s Epic Detour, not because this book wasinteresting or anything important like that, but because I actually saw the characters in TWS interacting and bringing back their fucked up, pathetic relationship, which is something that I didn t see in AR So Bravo to Barnholdt for achieving the expected That s about it for my positives LET THE review RANT BEGIN The cover, which I know isn t in Barnholdt s realm of creating, bothered the fuck out of me I know I m about to enter Bad Reviewer Territory because I m judging the book partially by its cover, but some things need to be said Dudes, their car didn t break down, not that they drove a convertible anyway And there aren t two sides to every breakup when the person ending the relationship is lying and the other didn t want the relationship to end, which is sort of what the phrase implies OH, and Jordan is only labeled cute enough, and isn t someone who appears to be a Hercules doppelganger figure from out of Megan Meade s This cover totally misled me from what the book really is a reflection of lies, hypocritical characters, and stupid and unrealistic situations.And the whole slut tag FOR GOD S SAKE REALLY This story was so, so stupid The big secret Jordan was keeping from Courtney was tr s over dramatic and could really only be found on an old episode of the Bold and the Beautiful Why would Jordan, and this is a huge spoiler first of all, go out with a girl who s the daughter of the man he caught fucking his mother Why would Courtney, at the end, call up her dad NOT HER ACTUAL FATHER, KIDS and try to start things up again, when everything he did, every nice thing he did for her, was only to save his ass and not because he loved her Why would Courtney s parents ESPECIALLY her father because I mean, what, is he begging for his secret to come out let her go on a roadtrip with her ex boyfriend across the country, and why would Jordan still go with her, anyhow None of this makes any logical sense I have a huge issue with the characters I d like to start with the minor ones Jocelyn is a creepy stalker who doesn t trust her boyfriend and gives terrible advice Enough said B.J, noted boyfriend, would have actually been somewhat likable had he not been such a male BFF stereotype Seriously All love interest best friends are drunks or addicts, thus trying to show how superior the LI is, but also underlining how mindless that LI is because they chose an idiot to be their best friend Now, I m not saying that drunks or addicts are idiots, but I am saying that most fictional male BFFs are created stupid and addicted to something, be it drink, narcotics or sex, to show how ah may zing the romantic interest is Although I m glad Barnholdt decided to give her secondary characters page time, I am seriously disappointed in what she made of them.Onto Jordan, who is one of the worst boyfriends I think I ve ever had the displeasure of reading about This boy was complete with outrageous lies, horrid decision making skills, and no brains whatsoever Again worst boyfriend This boy, this disgusting boy, uses girls like their toys I think his mentality was use em once and drop em and lets his testosterone run the show Not only that, but he was a lying jerk who made terrible decisions, and also a typical playboy stereotype Impressionable YA readers do not be fooled by his good looks This is a boy in the shape of a man who needs a few lessons on how to properly treat a human being And I get to Courtney, and I want to gag I do This excuse for a main character is even worse than Jordan For a supposedly intelligent person, Courtney was incredibly close minded and judgmental On page one, she assumes that the girl her ex hooked up with was a slut who was scamming guys on MySpace Uh, darling, how is she a slut when it was your boyfriend who left you for her And is she a slut because she went for what she wanted Do you know the specifics on how they got together On page twenty nine, she slams Katie Shaw, who was hurt by Jordan, saying she doesn t feel bad because this girl gets around And then she says that, of course Jordan was friends with Madison, the girl he was trying to get in bed that night, because she was disgusting and did things with Kool Aid and oral AND THEN, she goes and, according to Jordan in the next chapter, grinds into him, this guy who evokes disgusting behavior, a guy who s type she just claimed the disgusting girls Uh, Courtney What the fuck If you re so smart, wouldn t you realize that you re doing the exact same thing you just claimed was gross Wouldn t you realize that you yourself are being what you consider a slut Wouldn t you come up with a synonym to disgusting Wouldn t you realize the very big, very serious problem, with slut shaming HELLO COURTNEY YOU RE A HYPOCRITICAL BITCH Yuck She left a terrible taste in my mouth And not only was she totally hypocritical, but she was also mindless, unable to think for herself, unrealistic, and stupid And now THE PARENTS Jesus, the parents Why would Courtney s dad let Courtney go on a road trip with Jordan, even after they d broken up, when his big secret could have been told Why would Courtney s mom let her go on the trip if, obviously, her boyfriend just dumped her why wouldn t she drive her herself if tickets for a flight were already sold No parent would actually force their kid to learn that lesson, especially in Courtney s father s position Completely unbelievable Barnholdt s writing was appalling She wrote her characters with absolutely no intelligent brains and wrote what, four years after this novel s release, is totally outdated Outdated This book was SO outdated Who uses MySpace any Destiny s Child BROKE UP and was old when this book came out, and yet Courtney thinks it s cool to dance to it when she judges Jordan for listening to Sir Mix A Lot Again, I point out her stupidity and hypocrisy What kind of person like this is LIKABLE I also didn t appreciate Barnholdt letting her characters off the hook with everything and also making up implausible situations to get them together Jordan was afraid that he wouldn t be accepted to BU with his unimpressive grades and poor attendance record he wouldn t and yet Barnholdt let him off the hook in order to get him in a car with Courtney Courtney s parents send her on the road trip with Jordan even after he broke her heart why would Courtney s father logically do that, or any understanding parent as Courtney s parents pleaded they were for that matter Another fish let off the hook Two Way Street is a waste of your time It s an embarrassing addition to YA contemporary books, it s filled with ludicrous characters and situations, and is truly ridiculous by the end This is not recommended, and I will not be reading anythingof Barnholdt s Ever La la la, this is me forgetting Two Way Street


  3. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    This may be the first road trip anti romance novel I have read and although the entire thing was very juvenile, I enjoyed it Jordan and Courtney, fresh high school graduates have just recently broken up but their road trip to Boston University can no longer be cancelled You could just imagine the disaster to happen when you have to spend so many hours alone in a car with your ex I ll never be able to handle it Lol.Although I wasn t the biggest fan of the writing, I thought the entire thing w This may be the first road trip anti romance novel I have read and although the entire thing was very juvenile, I enjoyed it Jordan and Courtney, fresh high school graduates have just recently broken up but their road trip to Boston University can no longer be cancelled You could just imagine the disaster to happen when you have to spend so many hours alone in a car with your ex I ll never be able to handle it Lol.Although I wasn t the biggest fan of the writing, I thought the entire thing was funny, entertaining and silly, sometimes sweet The narrations alternating POVs of Jordan and Courtney and dialogues are engaging, the main characters seem real and the confidantes are hilarious Recommended if you re looking for a fun, light read P.S Happy birthday to one of my dearest, most awesome GR friends, Alafiya I m sure you already know what I feel about you HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweetie 3


  4. Haleema Haleema says:

    What this book was filled with Annoying narrators Annoying best friends Annoying style of writing Annoying cliches Annoying parents Annoying stereotypes What this book was filled with Annoying narrators Annoying best friends Annoying style of writing Annoying cliches Annoying parents Annoying stereotypes


  5. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    This book is just awesome I don t know why exactly but there is something so cute and angsty about Jordan and Courtney s story I couldn t stop grinning, laughing and had to finish this in one sitting.I loved the way the story was told, both from Jordan and Courtney point of view, we get the whole situation and what exactly the dilemma is here, and I totally feel for Jordan, cause that was quite the dilemma To be honest, it didn t have to be that big of a deal, but I guess looking at it from th This book is just awesome I don t know why exactly but there is something so cute and angsty about Jordan and Courtney s story I couldn t stop grinning, laughing and had to finish this in one sitting.I loved the way the story was told, both from Jordan and Courtney point of view, we get the whole situation and what exactly the dilemma is here, and I totally feel for Jordan, cause that was quite the dilemma To be honest, it didn t have to be that big of a deal, but I guess looking at it from that age, it would have been, so I found it to be very realistic.I thought all the jealousy bits were super cute and the love story is very touching and sweet Lots of crude language from Jordan which I found hilarious, but I think what I liked the most was this was a believable romance with likable characters, with a great story to tell.I m pleased to say that I am nowof a chicklet reader and while it may not be my first love, I can say that Lauren Barnholdt work makes it easy to love it that muchI can t wait to read her other books Fun, funny and fantastic Two Way Street was a total blast to read


  6. Maureen Maureen says:

    I got exactly two pages into this before I decided to DNF it and that s about all you need to know.


  7. Reynje Reynje says:

    2.5 stars Maybe it s the onset of summer, or maybe it s just my perpetually itchy feet, but I find myself drawn to road trip books recently Having just finished and enjoyed


  8. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    Impulse buy from BookOutlet, and I didn t hate it, but I also didn t love it I was expecting a swoony second chance romance but that didn t really happen Also, the ending was nowhere near as resolved as I would have liked Full thoughts to come Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Two Way Street by Lauren BarnholdtPublisher Simon PulsePublication Date June 26, 2007Rating 3 starsSource Purchased copySummary from Goodreads There are two sides to every breakup.This is Jordan and C Impulse buy from BookOutlet, and I didn t hate it, but I also didn t love it I was expecting a swoony second chance romance but that didn t really happen Also, the ending was nowhere near as resolved as I would have liked Full thoughts to come Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Two Way Street by Lauren BarnholdtPublisher Simon PulsePublication Date June 26, 2007Rating 3 starsSource Purchased copySummary from Goodreads 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.What I Liked This was an impulse buy from BookOutlet the book was 0.59 so how could I not I absolutely adored Barnholdt s Through to You, and I figured it couldn t hurt to give this book a chance Plus one of my blogging friends absolutely loves this book Believe it or not, I actually really enjoyed this book I know my rating does not quite show this, but I found this book to be really well written What I found myself disappointed in was the ending, in that it didn t feel like an ending There needed to have been an epilogue But I ll talk about thislater on Jordan and Courtney had been together for four months, when Jordan breaks up with Courtney He tells her that he doesn t want to be in a relationship any, and that there is this new girl he met on Myspace I know, right Courtney is devastated To make matters worse, Jordan and Courtney were going to move in to college together, and they had a three day roadtrip planned They re still going to go on the roadtrip, but Courtney is pissed, and Jordan, well, Jordan isn t telling her everything Some people aren t meant to be together but some people really are, that s what this story is all about.This story is written in dual POV and dual timeline, which I thought was neat Usually I don t really care for the whole flashbacks thing but it really worked in this story So we get to see chapters from Courtney s POV, and chapters from Jordan s POV, and each of them have chapters that are in the before , the trip , and after The before starts with Jordan and Courtney meeting at a party and takes us all the way up to Jordan breaking up with her The trip is exactly what you d expect present time, in which Courtney is angry about having to still go on the roadtrip with Jordan, but she still goes, and it doesn t quite go as planned The after is pretty much when they get to the college, and she finds out about things around that time Like I said, usually I don t like dual timelines, flipping between past and present, but it worked in this story.Courtney is someone I really related to and understood She is very analytical and Type A, a planner and an overthinker to the max She likes things planned to the finest detail, and when she has a plan and a schedule, she likes to stick to it exactly She likes to know exactly what is going on with no grey areas I am very much like this so I understood her and I liked her For much of this book, she is not happy with Jordan, and rightfully so But she also misses him, and rightfully so.Jordan is the golden boy player type, the good looking one that all the girls love, the one that is confident and charming, but also sweet and sensitive when he wants to be He runs from his problems, which is part of the reason why he and Courtney started hanging out it s complicated , and he ended up realizing that he genuinely liked her and wanted to be with her Jordan is acomplex guy than meets the eye, and I liked him a lot He isn t sleazy and a d bag like you d think He s a decent guy I know his type and I like him.I expecteddrama in the story, what with Jordan having a new girl he met on Myspace and all that But surprisingly, the drama wasn t that bad I hate drama and I expected a ton of it, but the drama was really all between Jordan and Courtney and not really including other people Jordan misses Courtney but can t talk to her about things Courtney misses Jordan but she is furious about the breakup Things are complicated between them Nevertheless, I could really feel the bond between them, and their feelings for each other The romance in this book is messy because they re broken up, but it s still a really sweet romance I loved seeing them pretend like they were okay, like they both weren t hurting, like they both didn t want to grab the other and kiss It was good angst This book was published in 2007, and I was twelve years old at the time apparently Myspace was still a thing back then This book centers a lot around Myspace Jordan s mysterious Myspace girl I actually learned a lot about Myspace from this book But honestly, even though this book dates itself, you could replace Myspace with Snapchat or Instagram or something, and replace mentions of CDs with Pandora or playlists or something, and this book would be entirely applicable to teens today In fact, all of Jordan s and Courtney s mannerisms, speech, etc are all totally applicable to teen culture today I mean, it was only ten years ago, but still I never had a Myspace profile, so this book is a little on the old side But still very much relatable.I ll wrap this up While I did not love the ending see below , I liked it for the reason that it was a HEA I love HEAs, and this ending wasn t a disappointing or heartbreaking ending I m glad Courtney finally learned the truth and she and Jordan had a conversation about everything Drama sorts itself out Barnholdt wrote a pretty great roadtrip romance But I wasn t totally satisfied.What I Did Not Like There really needed to be an epilogue to this book The ending is so abrupt and left so many loose ends With Courtney being such a meticulous planner and organizer, I expected her to be fixing things left and right I m trying to be vague on purpose I just felt like there was a conversation, and that was it the book ended Can we see a cute scene with Jordan and Courtney, four months later during Christmas vacation Or something I just wantedassurance that things are working out This is my biggest complaint and it s pretty much the reason why this book isn t getting four orstars from me.Also, I wantedkissing There is some kissing in the before chapters, but I wanted present day kissing Second chance angsty romances make for some serious chemistry and passion, y all There should have been some intense makeout sessions complains Would I Recommend It As far as YA contemporary romance novels go, this isn t a bad one I liked it minus the really open ending , but it won t be for everyone It s a second chance romance with some angst between the two main characters, which I actually enjoyed surprisingly I do recommend Barnholdt s Through to You which is unrelated to this novel, but a really good YA contemporary romance standalone I think Barnholdt writes good contemporary, but each of her books are different and may not be for every YA contemporary romance reader.Rating 3 stars I liked this book but really wanted an epilogue orchapters in the story However, I hear that Right of Way is a companion novel that includes some Jordan Courtney cameos so I guess I have to read that book now I hope I won t be disappointed


  9. Fiona Fiona says:

    Because let s face it no matter how much you tell yourself you re over someone, your heart knows the truthWhen I first saw the synopsis of Two Way Street, I decided to read it right away as soon as I finished The Woman in Black A road trip with your exThat s sounds intriguing and fun to read I was giggling and excited when I saw this because I like love hate relationships, you know Anyway, I loved the book, and at first, I thought it will be a next favorite material for me But itBecause let s face it no matter how much you tell yourself you re over someone, your heart knows the truthWhen I first saw the synopsis of Two Way Street, I decided to read it right away as soon as I finished The Woman in Black A road trip with your exThat s sounds intriguing and fun to read I was giggling and excited when I saw this because I like love hate relationships, you know Anyway, I loved the book, and at first, I thought it will be a next favorite material for me But it wasn t, and that s why I gave this 3.5 stars.So the story starts when Courtney is headed off to college She ends up having to take the trip from Florida to a college in Boston with her ex boyfriend, Jordan They had a bad breakup he dumped her for a girl on Myspace and she is absolutely dreading it She is still in love with him, but tries to do everything in her power not to let him know that she still cares This proves to be quite difficult and they butt heads through out the trip Jordan, on the other hand, still loves Courtney too He can t tell her though because of a stupid secret he has been keeping from her He wants to be with her, but if he thinks that if he tells her that she is going to hate him even .Anyway, I found Jordan sexy and charming At first, his genes were exuding ber manwhore ness but that was until he met Courtney and he just totally flipped for her He found Courtney a girlfriend material not just some one night thing The book was a dual points of view so it hops back and forth from past to present so we can see how their relationship began and ended and everything in between Throughout the story, I saw a character development on Jordan, and that s a plus for me He was gentleman enough to be caring and sweet towards Courtney when Courtney s actually dodging him off.On the other hand, I found Courtney annoying and a bit shallow Yeah, we get that she s trying so hard not to let Jordan see that she still has feelings for him, but there are some points when I just couldn t stand her I didn t see the point of her pretending so hard that she s all in love with her guy bestfriend, and acting very bitchy towards Jordan, when truly he was in her head and she s screaming inside that they want to get back together.The background friends were Jocelyn and B.J and I didn t really like them B.J was always drunk, and Jocelyn wasn t in the book enough for me to tell much about her, but she is loyal and that is always a good trait Overall, I really loved the story and the whole concept of the book The only thing that I really didn t like was the ending It was a disappointment It basically left everything unanswered for me Seems like Barnholdt just didn t know how to end it right so she just settled for something rushed I am still going to give the book 3.5 stars because I loved all the other content Just not the ending so much I don t know if there is a sequel out there now or if there will be, but I sure hope so Everything was left too unresolved for me I loved the characters and I really want to know exactly how things ended up for them


  10. Alaina Alaina says:

    When people start liking people, that s when someone has the ability to get hurt I didn t hate it but I didn t love it either view spoiler Two Way Street is about Jordan and Courtney It s a cute little are they or aren t they together romance novel Their relationship starts off while they are in high school but it doesn t last long at all Then things get really awkward because they had this plan to drive together to Boston University because that s where they are both going for college AWhen people start liking people, that s when someone has the ability to get hurt I didn t hate it but I didn t love it either view spoiler Two Way Street is about Jordan and Courtney It s a cute little are they or aren t they together romance novel Their relationship starts off while they are in high school but it doesn t last long at all Then things get really awkward because they had this plan to drive together to Boston University because that s where they are both going for college Anyways it kind of becomes predictable other than Courtney finding out the real reason why Jordan broke up with her and they end up happily dating each other in the end.You know what my one problem with this whole story was It took 3 days for them to magically fall back in love 3 days for Jordan to admit that he was in love with her in the beginning and just wasn t man enough to tell her So, of course breaking up with her was the best thing he could come up with I don t even remember, know, or care how long they were broken up for but really 3 days Besides all of that nonsense, their families are both weird and kind of messed up except for Courtney s mom Also, their friends, who were hooking up with each other, are beyond weird too.Other than that it was a quick and easy read hide spoiler


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Two-Way Street [BOOKS] ✬ Two-Way Street ✶ Lauren Barnholdt – Buyprobolan50.co.uk There are two sides to every breakupThis 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 d There are two sides to every breakupThis 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 orientationThen Jordan dumps Courtney for a girl he met on the InternetIt 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 careBut in a strange twist, Jordan cares A lotTurns 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.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Two-Way Street
  • Lauren Barnholdt
  • English
  • 12 August 2019
  • 1416913184

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