Two-way Street

Two-way Street

by Lauren Barnholdt

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Overview

This hardcover edition of Lauren Barnholdt’s bestselling Two-way Street is a road trip reminder: 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 his secrets have 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442489523
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

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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Two Way Street

  • Day One, 8:07 a.m.

    I’m a traitor to my generation. Seriously. All we hear about these days is being strong women and standing up for ourselves, and now look what I’ve done. I should totally be one of those true life stories in Seventeen. “I Built My Life Around a Boy! And Now I Regret It!” Of course, it doesn’t pack the emotional punch as some of their previous stories, i.e., “I Got An STD Without Having Sex” but it’s important nonetheless.

    “You’re going to be fine,” my mom says, stirring her coffee at the sink. “In fact, you’re acting a little bit ridiculous.”

    “I’m ridiculous? I’m ridiculous?” How can she say that? Has she lost her mind? It’s so completely not ridiculous to be upset about going on a trip with your ex-boyfriend, when said ex-boyfriend broke your heart and left you stranded for some Internet slut. Although I really can’t say I know for a fact that she’s a slut. But I’m pretty sure she is. I mean, scamming on guys on the Internet? I thought that was only for forty-year-old divorcées who Photoshop their pictures in an effort to appear younger and thinner. Not to mention what was HE thinking? An eighteen-year-old guy who could have any girl he wanted, having to resort to Internet dating? But maybe that’s the problem with guys who can have any girl they want. One is never enough.

    “I didn’t say you were ridiculous,” my mom says. “I said you’re acting ridiculous.”

    “There’s really no difference,” I tell her. “It’s like if someone says ‘You’re acting like a cheater,’ it’s because you’re cheating. Which means you’re a cheater.” Like Jordan. Although I suppose technically he isn’t a cheater, because he broke up with me before he started dating the Internet girl. In my mind, I still think of him as being a cheater. Otherwise, he just met some girl he liked better, and it’s not as dramatic.

    “Courtney, you begged and begged to go on this trip,” my mom says.

    “So?” That’s her big justification for calling me ridiculous? Is she kidding? Teenagers beg and beg for stuff all the time—nose rings, tattoos that say “Badass.” Never a good idea. My parents are supposed to be the voices of reason, steering me on the right path at all times. They’re obviously insane to have agreed to this plan in the first place. I mean, what was I thinking? Making plans to drive over a thousand miles to college with a boy months before we were supposed to go? Everyone knows the average high school relationship is shorter than an episode of TRL. “You’re the mother,” I say. “You should have known this was a horrible idea.” I’m hoping to lay a guilt trip on her, but she’s not having it.

    “Oh, please,” she says, rolling her eyes. “How was I supposed to know he was going to break up with you? I’m not psychic. Nor do I know the habits of Internet chat rooms.”

    “It wasn’t a CHAT ROOM,” I say. “It was MySpace.” No one hangs out in chat rooms anymore. Although why some girl would want to date Jordan based on his MySpace page is beyond me. The song he chose for his profile is “Let’s All Get Drunk Tonight” by Afroman.

    “Right,” my mom says, taking a sip of her coffee. My parents are trying to teach me some kind of lesson. They don’t think it’s right that they would have to pay more than five hundred dollars for a last-minute plane ticket from Florida to Massachusetts, when I’m the one who convinced them to let me go on this trip. Plus, my mom thinks this whole thing is typical teen angst, one of those situations portrayed on a teen sitcom that’s resolved in a half hour of laughs and mishaps. You know, where the girl gets dumped, but then realizes by the end of the show that she’s better off without him, and then hooks up with some other hottie who’s much better for her, while the guy who broke her heart ends up all alone, wishing he had her back. That is definitely not happening. In fact, it’s kind of the other way around. Jordan is having tons of fun with his MySpace girl, while I’m the one sitting around, wishing I had him back.

    I sigh and stare out the kitchen window, looking for Jordan’s TrailBlazer. It’s 8:07, and he was supposed to be here at eight, which makes me think that:

    a) he’s late

    b) he’s acting like an asshole and blowing me off

    or

    c) he’s gotten into a horrible car crash that’s left him dead.

    The most likely answer is A. (We went to the prom together, and the limo had to wait in his driveway for half an hour. At the end of the night, we got charged for an extra hour. He—read: his parents—paid for it, but still.) Although I’m all about option C. Okay, maybe not the dead part. Just, like, a broken leg or something. I mean, his parents have always been really nice to me and I would feel horrible if they lost their youngest child. Even if he is a liar and a cheat.

    “Do you want some coffee?” my mom asks, which is ridiculous because she knows I don’t drink coffee. Coffee stunts your growth. I’m only five-foot-two, and I’m still holding out hope that I’ll grow another few inches. Plus I’m tense enough. Getting me all hyped up on caffeine is definitely not a good idea.

    “No thanks,” I say, looking out the window again. I feel a lump rising in my throat, and I ignore it. He wouldn’t blow me off, would he? I mean, that’s so screwed up. Although if he did, that means I wouldn’t have to go with him. Which would be great. If he stood me up, my parents would have no choice but to let me book a flight and take it to Boston. Which is what they should have let me do in the first place.

    I take a deep breath. It’s only three days. I can get through that, right? Three days is nothing. Three days is…I wrack my brain, trying to think of something that only lasts three days. Christmas vacation! Christmas vacation lasts ten days and it always seems to go by so fast. Three days is only a third of that.

    Plus, I have the whole thing planned out in minute detail. The trip, I mean. So that every single second, we’ll be doing something.

    Of course, Christmas vacation is fun. And this is going to be excruciating.

    My dad walks into the kitchen, wearing a gray suit and drinking a protein shake. He’s humming a Shakira song. My dad loves pop music. Which is weird. Because he’s almost fifty. Although I think my dad may be having a bit of a midlife crisis, since lately he’s taken to buying weird clothes. And I suspect he’s been using self-tanner, because he definitely looks a little orange.

    “Good morning,” he says, heading over to where my mom is sitting at the kitchen table and planting a kiss on her head. He opens the cupboard and pulls down a box of cereal.

    “Morning,” I mumble, not sure what’s so good about it.

    “All set for school?” he asks, smiling.

    “Yeah, I guess,” I say, trying not to sound like too much of a brat. My dad has been way cooler about this whole breakup thing than my mom. He’s spent hours trying to cheer me up by telling me I’d meet someone better, there’s more fish in the sea, he never liked Jordan, etc. Plus he bought me a new iPod and tons of new clothes for school. He also slipped me a copy of He’s Just Not That Into You, which I guess he thought was empowering. It actually kind of is empowering, because it talks about how you shouldn’t settle for a guy who doesn’t want to be with you. On the other hand, realizing the guy you like “just isn’t that into you” is not very good for one’s self-esteem. Plus I was reading parts of it to my friend Jocelyn one time, and she interrupted me to say, “Actually, if you need a book like that to tell you he’s just not that into you, you’re probably not the type that’s going to actually be able to let go.” She wasn’t trying to say it about me, exactly, but still.

    “Jordan here yet?” my dad asks, pouring milk over his cereal.

    “Of course not,” I say. “Hey, if he doesn’t show up, then what?”

    “You think he won’t show up?” my dad asks, glancing up. “Why wouldn’t he?”

    “I don’t know.” I say. “But what if he doesn’t?” Hope starts to rise up inside me. There’s no way either one of my parents can or want to drive me. I won’t even feel bad about the money they’ll have to spend on a last-minute plane ticket, since they’re the psychos who are making me go on this trip in the first place. “Then what?” I persist.

    But no one has to answer that, because the sound of gravel crunching on the driveway outside comes through the window. I look out, and the light shines off the windshield of Jordan’s TrailBlazer and hits my eyes.

    Some kind of ridiculous rap music is blasting from the car, which makes me even more annoyed than I already am. I hate rap music. He doesn’t even listen to normal rap, like Jay-Z or Nelly. He listens to “hardcore” rap. (His word, not mine. I’ve never used the word “hardcore” in my life. Well, until right now, and then only to quote Jordan.)

    I ignore the weird feeling in my stomach and run outside so I can yell at him for being late. “Where have you been?” I demand as he gets out of the car.

    “Nice to see you, too.” He smiles. He’s wearing baggie tan shorts and a navy blue Abercrombie T-shirt. His dark hair is wet, which means he probably just got out of the shower, which means he probably just woke up. “I’m sorry, I was packing my stuff, and then I was trying to find my parents so I could say good-bye to them.”

    Packing his stuff? Who waits until the day they’re leaving for college to start packing their stuff? My stuff’s been packed for a week, neatly stacked outside my bedroom door until I moved it into the kitchen this morning. I mean, the housing office sent us a packing list. Of stuff to bring. I’ll bet Jordan doesn’t have any of it. Not like I care. If he wants to sleep on an empty, disgusting, stained mattress because he forgot to purchase extra-long sheets, that’s fine with me. I’m so over him. This is me, being over him. La, la, la.

    “Didn’t you get my email?” I ask him. Three days ago I emailed him a copy of our trip itinerary. It was really short, with a subject line that simply said “Schedule” and read, “Jordan, Attached, please find a copy of the schedule for our trip. Best, Courtney.” I was really proud of it. The email, I mean. Because it was so short and cold. Of course, it took me and my friend Jocelyn about two hours to come up with the perfect wording, but Jordan doesn’t know that. He just must think I’m too important to compose long email messages with him, or get ensconsed in a back-and-forth email exchange. Not that he ever emailed me back. But it was obviously because I was so cold.

    “The one about the trip?” He frowns. “Yeah, I think so.”

    “You think so?” I ask.

    “Court, you can’t plan everything to the minute,” he says. “There are going to be setbacks.” He takes the sunglasses that are on his head and slides them down over his eyes.

    “Well, whatever,” I say. Luckily I have three copies of the trip itinerary, along with specific MapQuest instructions all printed out and paper-clipped together. I’ll give him one to reference. I start to walk into the house, and Jordan hesitates.

    “Are you going to help me with my stuff or not?” I ask.

    “Oh, yeah, sure.” I raise my eyebrows. “Of course,” he repeats more forcefully.

    He follows me into the house, and I can tell he’s staring at my ass. Pervert.

    “Jordan,” my dad says, nodding. Jordan nods back but doesn’t say anything. I hope he’s scared of my dad. If he isn’t, he should be. My dad’s kind of a big guy. Not that Jordan’s scrawny or anything. In fact, just the opposite. He has these really amazing arms that—Ugh. I will not think about any part of Jordan’s lying, cheating, never-on-time body, arms or otherwise.

    “Excited to be going to school?” my mom asks politely. Her tone is guarded, which makes me happy. When Jordan and I were together, she was always supernice to him. She might be making me go on this trip, but it’s obvious where her loyalties lie. I hope Jordan is uncomfortable. I hope he’s squirming. I hope he’s—

    “Yes, ma’am,” he says. Which is total bullshit. He could care less, obviously. I mean, he didn’t even follow the packing list.

    “Whatever,” I say, putting my hands on my temples like I can’t take it anymore. “Can you start loading up the car? I don’t want to be any later than we already are.” I give Jordan a pointed look, which he ignores, and then point him in the direction of my stuff, which is packed neatly and piled on the kitchen floor.

    “Jesus, Court,” he says, looking at the mound. “You know you’re only going for four years, right?” I ignore him and pull a copy of the schedule out of my pocket.

    “We are way behind,” I say, frowning. We were supposed to have left twenty minutes ago. Although maybe if we don’t stop for lunch and just drive straight through, we can make up the time that way. Still, it’s not good to be starting off late. I’ve budgeted for traffic and unforeseen circumstances of course, but still. This should not count as an unforeseen circumstance. An unforeseen circumstance is something that you can’t avoid. And this could definitely have been avoided.

    Jordan reaches down and picks up one of the bags that’s on the ground near my feet, and it brushes against my toe.

    “Ow!” I say, jumping back. “Watch it. I’m wearing sandals.”

    He smiles. “Sorry, honey.” He turns and heads out to the car before I can reply. I take a deep breath. I will not start fighting with him. There’s no way. If I start fighting with him, he’s going to know that he’s getting to me, and I can’t let that happen. The last thing I need is for him to think I’m upset about him breaking up with me. I’ve spent the past two weeks determined to show him I don’t care, and I’m not going to screw it all up now. Of course, it’s much easier to pretend you don’t care about someone when they’re not around you, but I can do it. I just have to gather all my self-control. Disengage and detach is my new motto.

    I realize my heart is beating at a ridiculously abnormal rate, and I take another deep breath. I can do this, I tell myself. I start thinking of all the hot guys I’m going to meet in college. Guys who read philosophy books and drink coffee. Guys who listen to real music, like Mozart and Andrea Bocelli and maybe even Gavin DeGraw. Anything but rap music. It makes me feel better, but only for a second. Because, let’s face it—no matter how much you tell yourself you’re over someone, your heart knows the truth.

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    Two-Way Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 622 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.
    MesaSagacityQuest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I¿m not sure I¿ve told you this before but I start reading last year and I¿ve read quite good books. However, this is the first book I¿ve read and a book that lead me to one of my favorite genre, Chick-Lit. I loved it, I didn¿t really care and didn¿t really know about writing styles, but the synopsis grabbed my attention right away especially this sentence: There are two sides to every breakup. It¿s true and this book really shows and explains it well that there are two stories in a breakup. When Jordan dumped Courtney, she thought he didn¿t love her anymore and he met someone other than her. She was heartbroken but in addition she found out the Jordan indeed dumb her for a girl, for a girl on the internet. Jordan didn¿t have a choice but to break things off with Courtney. He knew she would be heartbroken and that she will hate him, however, he decided it can¿t be compared to the secret he been keeping and needs to keep. He kept the secret to himself, break Courtney¿s hear and suffering himself only to protect Courtney. See! Two sides, two stories! I loved Courtney and Jordan together; they are a really good couple. I loved the book goes back and forth; It shows the relationship Courtney and Jordan had (the romance between them was a delight to read about) and how they are dealing with the break up. Barnholdt did a great job in showing each person side through inner thoughts. I loved that the characters have a sense of humor especially Courtney¿s friend, Jocelyn and Jordan¿s friend, B.J.¿s. It made the story so much better and allowed me to be more invested in them as a couple. The characters were great, the storyline was great. Ryan is so sweet and The ending is predictable but I would have like what happen to Courtney and Jordan. I was left with questions that I would have like the answer to, question like, Are they going to keep dating? Or what will happen to Courtney¿s family? Overall, I loved it. A good summer read, with a slightly more seriousness to it. I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers due to lots of cussing and profanity.