Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
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. (Goodreads)
This book has two good things: a road trip and kissing. I mean, there are more than just two good things, but these two items alone should tell you that I was pretty happy from the start. So let’s back up.
Courtney and Jordan were a couple. Then Jordan dumped Courtney like a bad habit for a My Space hooka (I love that reference. My Space, how ya doin’? It’s been a while) and then he has the nerve to think that Courtney still wants to drive with his sorry butt to their college of choice, a trip that probably seemed far more ideal two weeks earlier—you know, back when they were a couple. Even worse, Courtney’s father refuses to let her off the hook. He forces her to go on the trip. With her ex-boyfriend! The one dating the My Space ho (this should have been a clear tip-off to Courtney that something was amiss. What self-respecting dad is going to force his daughter to go on a road trip, including hotel stays, with a horndog guy? Not that Jordan has done anything to make Courtney’s dad think he has bad intentions, but he is a guy)!
Courtney is very unhappy, but she goes on the trip. She tries to put on an act and pretend that she’s super-interested in her longtime BFF Lloyd—the one she may have kinda sorta made out with recently—but in reality, as hurt and mad as she is, she just wants Jordan back. But it’s not like she’s going to tell him that. THAT would be insane because clearly he has a slutty girlfriend he’s crazy about. Or maybe not.
The thing is, Jordan still seems like his old self. He’s pretty sweet, he’s seems jealous of Lloyd and he doesn’t ever talk about his perfect new girlfriend. In fact, he actually seems to be enjoying the time with Courtney. It’s sick I tell you. Sick. Except that it’s not, because Jordan still loves Courtney. He has solid reasons for breaking up with her but they have nothing to do with how he really feels.
This is another adorable book, much like Barnholdt’s other novel, One Night That Changes Everything. I love that not only is it told from Courtney and Jordan’s alternating perspectives, but there are chapters based in the present breakup phase and chapters set in the happy couple phase, so you really get an understanding of each character and how things fell apart.
Jordan shows himself to be a typical dude: kind of an arrogant tool who’s only interested in one thing—until he falls in love. Courtney is adorably neurotic and funny (though unintentionally on her part). They are a very cute couple.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 This book is another cute, girly story with a fun, humourous vibe. It’s a quick read with some very sweet moments. As I’ve said with similar books, this isn’t the type of story that is going to change your life, but it will make you smile. That’s the kind of story I love.