- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse; Repackage ed. edition (June 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781416913184
- ISBN-13: 978-1416913184
- ASIN: 1416913181
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Lauren Barnholdt is the author of the teen novels The Thing About the Truth, Sometimes It Happens, One Night That Changes Everything, Two-way Street, Right of Way, and Watch Me. She is also the author of the middle grade novels The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better, Four Truths and a Lie, Rules for Secret-Keeping, Fake Me a Match, and the Girl Meets Ghost series. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. Visit her at LaurenBarnholdt.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only thing that kept pulling it down was the characters. I rooted for them both, because they were still so obviously into each other but not wanting the other to know. But it was some of the antics that they pulled that I didn't care for. But it wasn't enough for me to put the book down or to hate it. More and more I'm seeing endings in YA that are so abrupt that I secretly wonder if I'm missing part of a book I've paid for. But it seems to be a growing trend and I don't think I care for it.
The books starts shortly after Courtney and Jordan's break up, and right before they begin a road trip together. Jordan says he met a girl on MySpace and that's why he broke up with her, but through the story, you see his side of the story and the true reason he broke up with her.
All the while, Courtney is forced to go through with this road trip with this boy she thinks doesn't like her because of some mysterious internet girl. Like most girls would do, she creates a picture of this girl in her mind, even though she's never seen any evidence of her online.
It's a funny, quick read and a good way to spend the day.
Once more, Barnholdt had alternating chapters to the past and present, this time from the POV of both her main characters, Jordan and Courtney. This format ended up working well for me because Barnholdt moved forward in each chapter; she didn't waste time detailing the same exact event(s) from the perspective of each of her narrators.
The alternating timeline definitely helped in fleshing out the characters -- Jordan in particular. Though it made for some amusing situations, his player tendencies made him a tad unlikable at the beginning. It was interesting to see the change in him once he begins to spend more time with Courtney, though. His sweeter side definitely came out! As for Courtney, she's understandably cold to Jordan in the present but we're allowed to see just how much she really misses him. Their interactions were the perfect mix of humorous, heartbreaking, and touching.
I was probably just having a slow moment, but the secret Jordan was holding onto took me by surprise. I didn't see it coming! I would have liked to see more resolution to the situation, or at least have the characters discuss it further, but I'll take what we got.
A bonus that this book had going for it were the side characters, Jocelyn and B.J. They were out of control! They weren't super fleshed out or anything, but they made for some extra comedic relief while everything else was going down. I loved getting a peek into their antics and behavior and they made quite the contrast to our main duo.
Overall, Two-Way Street was a fun summer read with the right amount of humor and romance. I can't wait to pick up the rest of Barnholdt's books!
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