Two Roads

Two Roads

by L.M. Augustine

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BN ID: 2940148579007
Publisher: L.M. Augustine
Publication date: 08/23/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,131,007
File size: 677 KB

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Two Roads 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
It seems like LM Augustine’s books always capture something that is difficult to describe. They are deep, they are penetrating and they suck you into their world for just a little while. What a great book. This is Cali’s story. She a very unhappy person, but she plays the role she is expected to play as one of the popular girls at school and letting everyone think she’s a party girl who likes to hook up. When Logan transfers to the same college as her, she takes it upon herself to find ways to torture Logan, the resident nerd. What you come to find out is that they’re both trying to escape from a very difficult situation. Basically, they claim to hate each other, when in reality they share a lot of pain from an event that changed both of their lives. When they’re set up on a blind date, it all starts to fall into place. First of all, Logan is like the nerd of my dreams. Seriously, he is a hot nerd with a heart of gold. And the poetry in this book? Oh…be still my beating heart. My husband once tried to write me a poem with an ocean theme, but “sea sponge of love” just doesn’t have that romantic connotation. This made me appreciate the way that poetry was used in this book all the more. It was so great. Cali…well, Cali kind of pissed me off. She was a total mean girl, but once you got into the story and you found out all about her brother’s death and Ben’s role in the whole ordeal, you begin to understand her a little more. I won’t say she was my favorite person even by the end, but she was a very real character who hid a lot of pain, and I can appreciate that. Logan hid pain too, but in a much different way. Seeing them discover each other, the real people they were behind everything, was really lovely. Heartfelt is a great way to describe their love story. It was absolution for both of them. This was a really emotional story that I think will resonate with a lot of people, I know it did with me. I think it takes a lot of guts as an author to write a story centered around grief, and to make something beautiful out of it. In a way, this isn’t just Cali and Logan’s story, but a story for anyone that has lost someone close to them before it was time. It will make you laugh, smile and most definitely cry. 4.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for honest review*
EMAReads More than 1 year ago
Logan and Cali are incredible.  Both still reeling from the loss of Ben, Cali’s brother and both of their best friend.  Through pranks, mean banter and flashbacks the reader finds out how far these two have come from where they were originally headed. Cali is so damn angry.  At her parents, at her friends, at the world, at Logan… but mostly at her self.  She is living in the world of what-ifs: what if she stayed home that night, what if Logan had been there, what if she talked to Ben…she lashes out at everyone in her pain.  But with Logan she feels safe- to be angry mean and hateful, but also to have a few moments of peace of mind.  She doesn’t have to pretend around him.  And while she doesn’t ask him what she wants to know- why he left her four years ago-she is able to use him as an outlet, it’s one of the few times she feels free, like her real self. The other time is through her poetry.  Beautifully, sad poetry that talks of love, love lost and taking chances. After an ill-fated blind date set up by their parents Logan and Cali start to get closer.  The poetry that Cali loves is a strong bond they discover between them. This story is so intense and beautifully written.  Forgiveness, being true to yourself and allowing yourself to feel are at the core.  That thin line between love and hate is obliterated and the fall out is astonishing. These characters will stay with me.  Their passion and devotion jump off the page and they stay in your heart.  A tender love story that should not be missed.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review.  I gave this book 5 stars.  This is a stand alone novel.  ----------- Because when you love someone, when you really love someone, it is always worth it. It makes you feel, makes you change, makes you grow. It turns you into something scary and beautiful and inexplicable all at once, and it's the most amazing thing in the world.  ----------- This is Logan and Cali's story.  Cali lost her brother 4 years ago. And she blames everyone including herself for his death. So much that her whole life is effected by it. She has turned into someone that she doesn't even recognize. She is mean and nasty. The person most effected by this is Logan. Logan was her brothers best friend, and now him and Cali hate each other. They say things that are nasty and they play pranks on each other every chance they get. Back and forth, back and forth. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse Cali does something that she can't take back, and she actually starts feeling bad for the things that she is doing.  When her parents set her up on a blind date and it just happens to be with Logan can her feelings change from hate to love? Can they at least start to heal from her brothers death?  "Logan Waters, I hate you so much."  "And Cali Monroe, I hate you more then anything else in the world."  --------------- I really enjoyed this book .. BUT I have to say that I am so glad that I kept reading, at first I wanted to just put it down. She was so freaking mean and I wanted to kill her for some of the stupid things she did and thought in that head of hers. I understand why she did it. She was hurting and although 4 years seems like a long time to some, if you have lost a loved one it is a flash in time, and I am sure she was far from healed or even wanting to get healed. So I kept reading. L.M. left me on the edge of my seat wanting to see what was going to happen next. The sexual tension in this book was off the charts!! Logan and Cali can't see that what they're really doing to each other is helping them through the hardest times in their life. Cali doesn't think that Logan is hurting and that he has moved on, but the truth is Logan is just as hurt as Cali is. Playing pranks on each other gets them through and helps them to focus on something different then what they have lost.  The end of the book was the best for me. Well once they really started talking and letting each other back into each others life. It was amazing! The poems and the things that they shared with each other was spectacular. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. It is a top read for me for sure!  Thank you L.M. for the beautiful book, it was sweet, honest and real. Oh and I should add MEAN! A story about finding love, healing, and giving someone a chance to heal not only you but themselves too. It shows you that maybe you didn't see everything that was there, but that you need to forgive yourself and others and learn that not everything in life is not in your control, but most of all not your fault. "You said that things in life aren't always fair. You said that bad things happen sometimes and there's no stopping them, but that there is no point in worrying about the past and the future. You said that how you got here or where you'll end up doesn't matter, which I think you expected would comfort me about being a dog. You said you could worry about any number of things, but the only thing that truly matters is right here, right now, and enjoying the people and the love that you're surrounded with." I take a deep breath. "I just.. .I wanted to thank you. For saying that."
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! She made it her mission to hate her nerd ex-friend Logan Waters who happens to live in the dorm building next to her. Cali suffered a deep sense of loss when she lost her brother, and ever since then, her parents have been pestering her to follow their footsteps and become an engineer. It didn’t help when they don’t support what she really loves on doing – which is writing poetry. For them, it wasn’t good enough. Her self-esteem spiraled down into drain, and what she does to at least cover up her feeling of inadequacy was to become one of the mean girls. She hope getting into the mean girl role would make her feel better, or make her feel at all. The dread and the emptiness that was left by her brother’s passing was too huge to ignore. She chooses Logan as her perfect target. But Logan wouldn’t go back down. Instead of ignoring her, he fights back. They have a long-standing prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry that becomes the highlight of their days. Then Cali’s mom sets her up on a blind date – with Logan. He surprisingly shares her love of poetry, and drives her more and more insane as he invites her to go with him on the poetry convention. It was then she realized, there was more to this nerd that what he really lets on...  I feel sad for Cali, especially when she decided to take the mean-girl role. The death of her brother and the nonchalance of her parents were hard on her. But her love and passion for poetry was admirable. Despite the fact that she knew a career in what she loves may drive her penniless, she was eager to fulfill her dreams. Not just to spite her parents – but because she loved doing it. I wish I can get inside Logan’s brain – he’s a good sport. He accepts her pranks, but returns the favor – but none of it to the point of really hurting them both physically and emotionally. It seems that they were looking forward what the other might have in-store for the day. Their pranks were driving me insane. Both of them were just geniuses in driving each other crazy. But as the old adage says – there is a thin line between love and hate. The problem is though – Cali knew that Logan was keeping something from her with regards to Ben, and she wanted to know that secret. I don’t think she’ll ever let him in without Logan disclosing what it is. Question is, once she knew it – will she be able to give him a chance? It took a while, a lot of pranks, some sexual tension, an emotional confession and a whole lot of poetry before these two came together. Nevertheless, Two Roads was a great read. I couldn’t put it down, I was waiting when would these two people, most especially Cali would realize that after all the craziness they have made each other experienced, both of them would still travel that one road they were meant to – the road to love.  ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A charming romance with a nice working on the emotions associated with the loss. Not at all what I expected ...  This novel about suicide and the pain of the loss was a very nice surprise. With such a delicate subject, the story could have been a receipe for disaster. A heavy atmosphere and a touch of too much Patos and it could have turn completely differently.   Here, the author demonstrates subtlety. He also used humor as a weapon to continue to exist despite the pain. He wrapped his serious matter into a sweet, touching and poetic romance.  I really liked the Frost quotes (and the others also!) that punctuate the story.  As for the heros, there is anger in Cali, guilt in Logan. Between them, they have a very special and personal way to express their grief. They insult each others and make some pranks that are sometimes cruel to attract each other attention. As everyone handles loss differently, the path chosen by the author is perfect for a romance for young adults. Tough and tender at once. It makes you think and has the merit of addressing the theme of suicide.  Because regardless of the circumstances of a loss, there is always incomprehension related to a sense of injustice. Always some anger. Against oneself, against others. It is easier to express its rage than feeling guilty for living, being happy while the other is not here. Easier to be mean when one suffer than admitting that hurts. Easier to hide one loneliness behind a mask of sarcasm and indifference.  That is why I liked the keys of poetry and humor scattered through the narrative. They bring a certain lightness while pointing painful unavoidable feelings. Paradoxically, although I liked the humor and found myself smiling as I enjoy the creativity behind the pranks, they are worthy of the kindergarden playground...Its bothered me. But don't mind this small detail, the story is fun and touching. A charming romance with a nice working on the emotions associated with the loss. Lucie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if this book was free it would not be worth reading. It was painful to read. The main character was immature and annoying. The characters acted like hey were in middle school.or high scholl def not in college. Dont waste your time or money. This was one of the worst books I've ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read!!! You will not be disappointed!!! Very poetic!!!
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Two Roads is such a heartfelt, moving, poetic, refreshing story! I fell in love with Logan and hurt for him and Cali throughout the whole book, while cheering them on at the same time! L.M. Augustine took such a heartbreaking topic into his heart and hands, and wrote a beautiful story that swept me away! How certain roads we choose in life can affect all the people who touch our lives, is carefully and creatively illustrated in light, dark and realistic ways, and is played out through all of the characters in this story. The poetry throughout the book(both old and new) is a dreamy treat too! Absolutely worth reading!!
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Caroline_Hat More than 1 year ago
 Just finished Two Roads. Loved it. Such a wonderful touching story. You will laugh and cry. This one touched my heart. Cali and Logan have this hate/hate relationship. The pranks they pull and the insults they yell at each other have you laughing. I highly recommend this book and trust me you will not be disappointed. I am looking forward to reading many more by this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so lucky to get an eARC of this fabulous book. Cali and Logan's story took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Their witty and sarcastic conversations and their ridiculous pranks made me smile. The tragic incident that scars Cali was poignant and authentically described. I really felt for her. And the rest of the book was amazing. My favorite NA book hands-down. And to think it's L.M's NA debut, and second novel! I definitely recommend this story to fans of his Click to Subscribe and fans of sweet love stories.
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Heat Rating: Slow Simmer I adore L.M. Augustine's writing, there is just something about it that resonates within me.  His books have the ability to tap into my inner teenager and reminisce about all that dorky, awkward, drama that made it so memorable.  Two Roads was a such an amazing book that I sat down to read it and couldn't stop reading (Mr. Blushing Reader literally had to pry the Kindle out of my hands at one point).  Two Roads is a brilliantly witty story, that has an incredibly moving and heart-tugging story.   You will laugh out loud, you will tear up and you will leave with a bit more knowledge on poetry (I am not a huge poetry person but I really liked all the bits of poems in this book).    Cali and Logan, I hate them so hard (read the story you will understand that I am not being mean here).  I LOVED Logan!  Give me a Nerdy-Hot, but slightly built man and I am a happy girl. Logan fits that bill to a T.  His character has to be one of my favorite book boyfriends.  I loved he gave as good as he got and kept pushing Cali out of her comfort zone.  Cali, bless her heart, was a confused mess (but at 20 aren't we all?) having lost such a big piece of her life she found herself creating ways to survive each day.  When Logan comes back into her life, he brought with him feeling she wasn't ready to deal with and so he became her perfect target to hate. I really enjoyed the enemy angle of Two Roads, it was entertaining and really let you know that as much as they claimed to hate each other, there were strong emotions involved.  L.M. Augustine does a great job creating characters.  His characters are imperfect, sarcastically brilliant people, that have emotional issues they have to overcome.  They are real people searching for some happiness but struggling to find it, while being so entertaining that you can't help but get lost in their stories  (I love that his characters all have a bit of  nerdy tendencies, which I think,  makes them stand out). I could go on and on about Two Roads, but the bottom line is this:  you NEED to read this story.  If you can 1-click just one book this week, make it this one.  I promise it will make your week brighter (and give you great April Fool prank ideas). L.M. Augustine is on my must-buy-all-their-books-immediately list because I know I will get an emotion packed story that will leave me completely satisfied and sighing in happiness at the end.  I can't wait to see (get my hands on) what he writes next and will be waiting (impatiently) for many more wonderful books in the future (please tell me you are working on something new L.M).  
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for this book and even more excited when L.M. told us to send her an email if we were interested in reading an advanced copy of this book. Naturally, I jumped at the chance! A book about the two main characters hating each other? Finally, something different! And Cali and Logan's rivalry is so funny and witty that I just couldn't help but love them both. However, this book goes beyond these two's rivalry against one another. There are much deeper forces at work here that really make this story shine. When Logan Waters transfers to Cali's college, she can't believe her bad luck. Instantly the two begin throwing insults at one another, and then raising the stakes to an all out prank war. However, what happens when Cali goes a step too far? She realizes how much her rivalry with Logan actually makes her feel. She is afraid of losing that, of losing him- though she won't admit it to herself. It was so interesting to watch a story's two main characters go at each other's throats for a good portion of the novel. Cali is such an intriguing character. She portrays herself as one of those shallow girls who sleeps around, when she couldn't be more different. Cali channels her anger and assumes this mean girl persona to hide her true feelings of numbing pain she still feels after her brother's suicide. She in part blames herself for not paying more attention to the signs and equally blames her brother's best friend- Logan. Her parents are closed off from her and are not encouraging of her aspirations to write poetry. They have not felt like a family since her brother Ben's death and things are quite strained between them. I feel bad for Cali's parents, though. I can't even imagine losing my child to suicide- much less be able to cope with it afterwards. There is one scene towards the end of the book where Cali receives a picture of her and her brother when they were younger and there is a message on the back from her parents and I felt my heart shatter. Literally. Logan's character was precious. He is that uber nerdy, geeky (but hot) guy who wears sexually suggestive Math shirts, glasses, and has 'obnoxiously long eyelashes'. I really liked him immediately. He is also still hurting over his best friend's suicide, because he was more than just a friend to him- he was like a brother. He also used to be close to Cali also, as she would hang around them when they were younger. When a set-up brings the two together and after realizing their shared love for poetry, it is up to Logan to convince Cali to attend a big poetry convention in California. However, Cali refuses to go- as Ben had promised he would take her someday. She finally gives in and together the two make the journey together. During their time together, both Cali and Logan realize certain truths that will change everything. L.M. has done a brilliant job of incorporating poetry into her novel and the way she makes it fit perfectly seriously gave me chills. (Not to mention Frost is my favorite poet!) Cali's favorite blog is run by someone named the Roadkeeper and she has discovered one poem in particular that she can't get out of her mind. Reading how L.M. handles that seriously had me squealing and I love how she tied it all together. A beautiful story about forgiveness and acceptance, second chances, and the discovery of love in the least likely of places, Two Roads is definitely worth reading. You will laugh at Logan and Cali's hilarious rivalry, watch them slowly forgive themselves and each other, watch them fall in love, and learn how to let go and move forward.
Marias_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Words cannot express how much I loved this book! In my opinion, L.M. Augustine is a freakin genius when it comes to writing stories that are just so awesomely quirky & endearing. I am a HUGE fan, and it all started with Click to Subscribe!  I don't even know where to begin, so bear with me as my mind rambles throughout this review. Two Roads is amazing. It's emotional, yet funny and kinda dark at the same time. The subject matter is serious as it deals with the loss of a loved one due to suicide, and how it affects the survivors (family & friends). The comedic relief is a huge help in keeping the story light and enjoyable. It's clear from the very beginning what's going on between Cali and Logan, that underneath the pranks & insults are 2 people who are hurting and desperately need the other whether they want to admit it or not. The relationship between Cali and her parents has disintegrated to the point where the only thing they feel towards each other is anger and disappointment. It literally made my heart hurt at times b/c the characters seem so real and easy to relate to, you can't help but feel their pain.  The poetry theme through out the book really appealed to me. Especially since poetry was my main outlet during my Emo stage of life, also known as High School. So I completely get the concept of letting your feelings out in an artistic manner. This book touched me the same way Hopeless by Colleen Hoover did. It's just one of those stories that will linger in your mind long after you've finished reading. Who's characters and story line you'll be able to recall without even hesitating. This quite possibly may be my favorite read of the year. Yes, it was that good! I definitely look forward to reading more books from this amazingly talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
ycervera More than 1 year ago
Two Roads is the second book by L.M. Augustine, although it’s his first venture into the New Adult genre. While there are a few similarities to his Young Adult novel, Click to Subscribe, in terms of the overall vibe and witty dialogue, the tone of Two Roads is a bit darker and a lot more intense, dealing with more serious subject matter. The story is told from the perspective of Cali Monroe, a young woman whose life has been derailed by tragedy. She masquerades as a mean to keep everyone at arm’s length, unable to share the pain that lurks beneath the surface of her façade. Cali’s preferred method of coping with the aforementioned tragedy is by engaging in an increasingly creative game of cat and mouse with her arch nemesis, Logan Water. Their mutual animosity is immensely entertaining. I was often torn between wanting to laugh at and being mesmerized by the intensity of their dislike for each other as well as the lengths they go through to continue their rivalry. It’s easy to get caught up in their back and forth banter, which creates a tension so palpable, it almost reaches character status. Cali’s anger and despair is a tangible presence, making it feel as though there’s an invisible weight pressing down on the story. As humorous as her interactions with Logan are, the deep-seated emotions that motivate her actions are likely to cause her to self-implode at any given moment. Reading the story solely through Cali’s point-of-view allowed me to better connect with her character and become emotionally invested in the outcome of her journey. I’ve never been a huge fan of poetry, but I recognized the poem referenced in the book’s title. Two Roads gave me a newfound appreciation for poetry, especially because Cali’s love of reading and writing poems is a large part of her character. She bares her soul in the poems she writes, which express her deepest thoughts and emotions and reveal what she’s reluctant to admit aloud. I must’ve highlighted quotes on every other page, fascinated by Cali’s insights. Most importantly, Two Roads is a book that made me think and what I think is that L.M. Augustine did an amazing job with this story.