Book Review– Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt


This is the eighteenth book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Published June 26th, 2007

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.


I was a bit wary about reading this because most of my GR friends had it rated very low. But I decided to give this book a try anyway because it sounded interesting enough.

The saddest thing about this book is that it had potential. It was a fairly fast read, had a nice writing style, and the plot was both interesting and engaging, but the characters…well, the characters were unlovable. Every single one of them.

I disliked the characters so much that I couldn’t even root for their “romance.” Courtney annoyed me 75% of the time and Jordan simply came off as being the biggest tool that I’ve ever read about.

In addition to the annoying characters, I also hated the constant slut-shaming.

Had potential but the characters needed to be a bit more likable if their romance is supposed to be taken seriously. My typical “had potential” rating is at 2.5 stars, but I don’t feel comfortable giving this book a rating above 1.5. I only finished it because I was already so invested in it and was hoping there would be some major character development. Nope.






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