Two-Way Street
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Two-Way Street

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by Lauren Barnholdt
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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"...amusing...An appealing choice for teens." - Booklist

"Morris does a great job bringing the angst of teenaged relationships to life." - AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416913184
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
157,862
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet 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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Two-Way Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 602 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read about Courtney and Jordan who are about to begin a three day trip from their homes in Florida to their college orientation in Boston. Usually this would be cause for excitement, but this trip is bound to be uncomfortable. The reason is because, two weeks ago, Jordan broke up with Courtney, supposedly because he met a girl on MySpace. Since the plans for the trip have already been made, Courtney's parents are insisting that she stick with those plans and travel with her ex all the way to Boston.
The characters and details of this novel are well-developed. Courtney is ultra-organized, schedule-oriented, and germaphobic. Jordan is a relaxed, take-things-as-they-come, rap lover. The story reveals their quirky best friends who are always just a cell phone call away waiting to offer whatever support their own busy lives allow. The private lives of Jordan and Courtney's parents offer their own unique brand of suspense to the plot. In addition, an underlying thread of the plot involves continued references to the use of MySpace, which is sure to be an attention-grabber for teen readers.
Barnholdt created the book with alternating chapters. In Jordan's chapters he tells his version of the story before, during, and after the trip, and Courtney does the same in her chapters. This unique style allows readers to sort of "read between the lines" of the breakup. The characters are dealing with secrets they feel must not be revealed. The resulting tension and hard feelings created by the secrets will have readers rooting first for Jordan and then for Courtney. Also try K S Michaels for a great read as well.
readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
I really like the way the story is told from both of their perspectives. It shows the same day or events twice but from the male and female perspective and in a rotation of chapters. There's a little bit of suspense from wondering what kind of blackmail Courtney's dad is using against her ex. but it gets resolved too easily in the end. It was a bit of a let down but it kept me reading.
16476 More than 1 year ago
Two Way Street is just one of those books you just can't put down! Two way street has officially became my favorite book of all time. I love the organization and the style of writing that Lauren Barnholdt used. I really feel like in every single chapter of this book i got too know more and more about each character when i just thought i could not no anymore, she always threw a twist in! One of the major reasons i loved this book so much was because of the flashing back and forth that Barnholdt used. This book is very good for people that like love stories and their pro's and con's. For an overview Two way Street was about this girl named Courtney and boy named Jordan they were totally in love. But out of no where Jordan broke Courtney's heart and dumped her for what he said a Myspace girl. But you later come to find out it was a total cover-up. Jordan's mom was having an affair with Courtney's dad and Courtney's dad threatened Jordan to break up with Courtney. But Courtney's dad made her still go on the college trip with him after she thinks he broke up with her for that Myspace girl. On this trip several shocking things happen. I would recommend this book to high schoolers, because i connected very well to this and compared it a lot to my life and real life situations. I think i would also recommend this to some parents if they want to know about updated high school life. Even though this book at some points was predictable, there were still many possibilities of what could happen. If i could say one thing that could have been better about this book is the ending. I think that she could have possibly tied up some more loose ends of other things that were happening in the book. I can't wait to read more books by Lauren Barnholdt. She is such a good author and can very well relate to teens like me. I would rate this book an easy 10 in about every category. This book really made me think about a lot of things going on in my life. So make sure you make time too read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout this whole entire book I was slapping my hand against my forehead. I found some of the characters to be shallow, and the way the writer went about writing it just seemed kind of like a bad joke in which you have to force a laugh. One of the main characters, Courtney, I found to be incessantly annoying. She made my head hurt, and I feel like she was selfish and snobby. Jordan, her (ex?) mate on the trip kept trying to "talk thngs out" and be mature...but she ignored him and insisted that everything he had to say was not worth listening to. The author also repeats obvious writing techniques throughout the whole story, such as having a character think to themselves and speak aloud EXACTLY what they're thinking. Or having them say something...and then having another character repeat the SAME EXACT THING as if they're magically thinking the same thought, not even changing the wording of the two similar cognitions. And, need I mention the UNNECESSARY use of ALL CAPITAL LETTERS for multiple words in the story, when an exclamation point (!) or even italics could've done the job just fine. In addition, to writing flaws, I think the author could stand to expand her vocabulary an inch...I can't tell you how many times I saw the word "exasperated." Finally, the story was predictable. From the first chapter, I could tell what this was about, and how everything was going to unfold. Maybe it's just me, but a predictable stroy is not a "great" one. On the bookshelf, the book looks pretty interesting. I mean, hey, how often do you hear about a recently broken up couple going on a road trip...just the two of them....in the same car? However, between all of the dramatic, aggravating characters, and duplicated writing tendencies during the story...I really found it hard to recognize this "novel" as a "great" book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnholdt created the book with alternating chapters. In Jordan's chapters he tells his version of the story before, during, and after the trip, and Courtney does the same in her chapters. This unique style allows readers to sort of "read between the lines" of the breakup. The characters are dealing with secrets they feel must not be revealed. The resulting tension and hard feelings created by the secrets will have readers rooting first for Jordan and then for Courtney. Courtney and Jordan are about to begin a three day trip from their homes in Florida to their college orientation in Boston. Usually this would be cause for excitement, but this trip is bound to be uncomfortable. The reason is because, two weeks ago, Jordan broke up with Courtney, supposedly because he met a girl on MySpace. Since the plans for the trip have already been made, Courtney's parents are insisting that she stick with those plans and travel with her ex all the way to Boston.  Even though usually i would have gotten mad because of how she reacts through most of the book. You still have to love their relationship. Even though it was fairly shorter than most the books i read. i Like her writing. even though sometimes i wanted to skip ahead and read what finally happens!  Two-Way Street, by the snarky Lauren Barnholdt, is an awesome read.     
acsimps More than 1 year ago
So I pulled this book out because I was bored with another book and I thought I would just read a few chapters of this to break up the monotony of the other book..and then a few hours later I was almost done with it! I thought this book was amazing! The point of view flashes between Jordan and Courtney as they drive across the country to college (after a breakup). The story is a little predictable but that didn't really bother me much. The story is also filled with scenes from the beginning, middle, and end of their relationship in order to explain to the reader what went wrong. This book was very good and totally worth a read. Just plan on sitting down for a while because I know that once I started I was unable to put this one down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jordan and Courtney were an unlikely high school couple, but it really didn¿t matter because they were in love. They even planned to drive together to college orientation since they¿re going to the same college. But then Jordan dumps Courtney for a MySpace girl. Courtney is devastated, but she won¿t give Jordan the satisfaction of seeing her mope, even though that¿s extremely difficult for her. And now they still have that road trip to go on since it¿s too late to change plans. What Courtney doesn¿t know, though, is that there¿s a reason Jordan wants to go on this road trip with Courtney and a couple secrets he hasn¿t told her which have to do with why they broke up in the first place. Two-Way Street is the story of first love and true love in the midst of hardship. Two-Way Street was a much better novel than I thought it would be. It¿s told from both Jordan¿s and Courtney¿s perspectives so you understand both their sides of the story. I enjoyed the flashbacks to before the trip, because it was really obvious how perfect Jordan and Courtney were for each other, even when Jordan¿s secret became too much for him to bear. I was hoping through the entire story that Jordan and Courtney would work out their issues because it felt that they were totally meant to be together. This story and the characters had a lot more depth than I expected from what I thought was a simple romance story. The complications to Jordan and Courtney¿s relationship added some humor and well as meaning to the novel. Overall, Two-Way Street was very enjoyable to read and much more than just a romance novel. I recommend this book to all teen girls, but other readers may also enjoy it. I truly did love Two-Way Street and may read a couple of Lauren Barnholdt¿s other novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 4 hours. I actually thought it was cute. I would recommend it.
cbcrazygrl5 More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely interesting. Not only did they tell it from both main characters points of view, but it was easy to follow. It was well writen with an amazing plot. I let some of my friends read it and they loved it too! Although i'm kind of upset because I lent it to my friend and never got it back. :(
ContentReader More than 1 year ago
I have read a good number of books but Two Way Street was different than any book I have read. It was very good and so realistic! This story is filled with funny quirks that teens face every day. It's about doing what you think you should do, to get the one you love, figuring out how far you have to go, and facing the consequences. Making mistakes is a part of life, the greatest thing you can do is be truthful to the one you love. If you find out someone lied to you, try to be understanding and get the whole story before jumping into conclusions. I loved the characters in this book, this relates to any teen (girl or boy) who has had strong feelings for another being, and has either tried to make them jealous or push them far away to try to save them from whatever it may be. I laughed so much in this book and had to catch my breathe at times because the story grabs you and takes you on one road trip that sends your emotions up and down. You fall in love, have your heart broken, and learn how in a relationship, you will do anything for the one you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just liked this book. No particular reason as to why. But i just liked it plain and simple. I like how it shows both persectives of the two characters. Secrets get revealed. Perceptions of the world around them are broken. Good motives with bad choices. And one decision and one last chance to decide the fate of their hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and like six of my friends read this.we all loved it. I think it was the best teen romance story ive ever read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read!!! I enjoyed it from begening to end and im not a big book reader but i loved this one and would recomend it to many people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Its not like the typical teen romances. The chatacters are extremely lovable and you will love how far they go to avoid dealing with each other and their feelings
KatieWI More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely fantastic! I love how it came from both the girl and the guy's perspective. I also really like the attitude and and language used. It was a very entertaining read. I literally could NOT put this book down! It is the best book I have ever read. Even better then The Twilight Series... yeah it was that good. I wish I could find more books like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while i was comimg home from the beach just so i could have somthing to do..... 5 pages in i fell in love with not only the story but also the characters! I think any one who reads this book wont be able to put it down till they finsh it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book! Of course the set up was kind of confusing but you get used to it. Honestly one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book in the whole entire world. If ur smart buyy it immediatley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book truly is great it has a wonderful flow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great easy read! My favorite book!
Anastasia21 More than 1 year ago
I agree with the reviewer who gave her two stars only I think they was being nice. This book was boring for one. Not only was it predictable it was very shallow. The story itself had many opportunities to go deeper, get in depth with the characters. But no that would be too much hope for contemporary novels. I hated most of the characters. As a matter of fact the only character I liked was her step-father. Not because he was a good guy buy as a supporting character he was well written. Everyone else fell off. If you want a light teenage romance with a bit of angst thrown in then sure this book is for you. But if you're looking for something to sink your teeth in move on...this is not worth your time.
R_n_R More than 1 year ago
It was nice your typical romance. You know how its gonna end but keep hoping that they hurry up and get to it. Then the ending is very anticlimactic. It leaves you wondering all this drama for nothing. Its a decent book but not worth the price.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Well-known for her first novel, REALITY CHICK, Lauren Barnholdt has a new offering worth checking out. TWO-WAY STREET is the perfect book if you are interested in learning about both sides in a couple's breakup.

Courtney and Jordan are about to begin a three day trip from their homes in Florida to their college orientation in Boston. Usually this would be cause for excitement, but this trip is bound to be uncomfortable. The reason is because, two weeks ago, Jordan broke up with Courtney, supposedly because he met a girl on MySpace. Since the plans for the trip have already been made, Courtney's parents are insisting that she stick with those plans and travel with her ex all the way to Boston.

The characters and details of this novel are well-developed. Courtney is ultra-organized, schedule-oriented, and germaphobic. Jordan is a relaxed, take-things-as-they-come, rap lover. The story reveals their quirky best friends who are always just a cell phone call away waiting to offer whatever support their own busy lives allow. The private lives of Jordan and Courtney's parents offer their own unique brand of suspense to the plot. In addition, an underlying thread of the plot involves continued references to the use of MySpace, which is sure to be an attention-grabber for teen readers.

Barnholdt created the book with alternating chapters. In Jordan's chapters he tells his version of the story before, during, and after the trip, and Courtney does the same in her chapters. This unique style allows readers to sort of "read between the lines" of the breakup. The characters are dealing with secrets they feel must not be revealed. The resulting tension and hard feelings created by the secrets will have readers rooting first for Jordan and then for Courtney.
Beth_Rodgers_Author 9 months ago
'Two-Way Street' by Lauren Barnholdt is yet another great addition to her collection of books. The premise revolves around main characters Courtney and Jordan, who have just broken up but are road-tripping to college together since they already had the trip planned. The issue is that their being apart is not something Jordan really wanted in the first place, but circumstances spiraled out of control, and he found himself at an impasse regarding how to avoid the situation altogether. Making matters more difficult is Courtney's dad, who despite being nice to Jordan, doesn't seem to want them together, at least from Jordan's viewpoint. As the novel progresses, we learn more about the intricacies of Jordan's relationship with Courtney's dad, and how everything got to be more mixed up than Jordan could have ever thought possible. Other characters in the story include Jordan's mom, who plays a pivotal, yet not overbearing role within the novel, as well as Jordan's best friend B.J., who is dating Courtney's best friend Jocelyn. The friendships in the novel are well worth reading, as they are realistic and engaging, and they show how sometimes judgments on the part of some can result in misunderstandings that can lead to annoying, yet other times humorous, results. I was quite shocked when the main twist in the story was revealed, as I did not see it coming. It shows the strength of Barnholdt's writing style to make the reader curious early on and then, as the storyline progresses, reveal the truth of the matter. Even after this point, the story still kept me hooked, as Courtney still didn't know the truth, and Jordan was keen on sharing it with her in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, he would have the chance of being with her again. The time never seemed to be right, however, which heightened the suspense of what would occur when he actually revealed the truth to her. Their relationship woes and their friendships are traced through the back-and-forth viewpoints of Courtney and Jordan. I especially liked how we were not only immersed in their present-day relationship, when they were broken up and driving together, but we also were able to flash back to their past, learning how they met, started dating, and eventually broke up. Stepping into the future at the end of the novel by learning what happened after the trip was over was also a nice addition to the plot. I will definitely be picking up more of Barnholdt's novels, as I have enjoyed several of them already and am eager to share in more of her characters' journeys. Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel