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Right of Way

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,637 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life s
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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update: 11/18/2012. Loved it. Loved it!!! Loved it!!!!!

Straight from Lauren Barnholdt's site:
"I’ve been getting lots of questions about what the TWO-WAY STREET COMPANION novel is about.

It’s going to be called RIGHT OF WAY, and it will be out Summer 2013. It’s the story of Peyton and Jace. Peyton is Courtney’s cousin, and so Courtney and Jordan do make appearances throughout the book, yay!"

WHO IS EXCITED????????????????????????
I totally went into Right of Way expecting it to be a fun Summery read, with a road trip and a gorgeous romance. However unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Jace and Peyton find themselves helping each other when they least expect to. We know of a brief history between them but we don’t totally know what exactly has gone down. But when Peyton finds herself in a difficult situation, Jace decides to help her out no questions asked.

The story is given to us alternatively in flash backs from before
Jul 01, 2013 nick rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt promises a road trip in its blurb. What it fails to mention, however, is that the characters in this book are childish, spoiled and act like that the small issues they suffer from will lead to the end of the world. To say that the main characters, Peyton and Jace are unlikeable would be an understatement. YA contemporary is a genre that rarely fails me. Unfortunately, Lauren Barnholdt's Right of Way happened to fall in the category of YA contemporaries that faile
Nov 15, 2015 Pinky rated it did not like it
Honestly, I feel like I never get time to read nowadays and it really bothers me. It feels like the only day I get to read or write reviews is Sunday. I stare at the books on my bookshelf and I want to start reading but I am super busy. There are so many new books and I have so much to catch up on! I bought Winter recently but I have 15 library books to finish. And Carry On came out but I haven't bought it yet and I want to finish reading all these awesome books. Anyway, onto the review!

“If th
Sep 24, 2013 inactive rated it it was ok
Recommended to inactive by: ~•Ninoshka•~
This isn't Lauren Barnholdt's best, that's for sure.

I enjoyed Two-way Street so I was looking forward to reading this. But it wasn't as good as I hoped it to be. Right of Way is very predictable, and the story line is JUST like the one of the companion novel.

Peyton wasn't a great main character; more often than not, I found her to be extremely annoying. The same goes for Jace, although he's not as bad. I liked seeing Courtney, Jordan, B.J. (LOL), and Jocelyn again but it's really different readi
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I don't know about you but I love road trip books! There is something about self discovery and finding love on a road trip that has me intrigued by these books. Right Of Way is a great summer read. As I was reading it I could see the hot Florida weather and the descriptions of Georgia are so vivid it will have you wanting to go to Georgia just to see everything Lauren has described.

Right Of Way is told in a two person POV, Peyton who is in Connecticut making her way to Florida with her mother t
Amber Geiersbach
Jan 26, 2013 Amber Geiersbach rated it it was amazing
I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! It was so good. I literally started it yesterday (1/25/13) and finished it today!! Gosh, it was so good, but of course, I knew it would be! I'm never disappointed by her books!

Right of Way is a companion novel to Lauren's book TWO WAY STREET, and it's about Jace and Peyton, who had a fling over Christmas break, and then suddenly one of them stopped responding to the other one's texts, calls, emails, ect.

Then a few months later, Peyton and Jace are forced back
Jun 08, 2012 Miakoda marked it as really-want-to-read
"And I know I gave it to you months ago
I know you're trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things
The holes in my apologies
You know I'm trying hard to take it back
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I'll carry you home

We are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter
Than the sun"
Sara (Freadom Library)
Plot - 3.5 out of 5 stars
Really strange pacing though it had the same shifting timeline as the first book it didn't translate as well. Sometimes it was boring. Definitely not as engaging as the first book.
Writing Style - 4 out of 5 stars
Simple but a bit juvenile. Reads as the characters think. Sometimes it got repetitive, specially the girl, but it was entertaining nonetheless
Characters - 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, definitely more annoying than the first book. I didn't really connect
Jul 04, 2013 Annette rated it it was ok
Some of this has to do with my being way beyond the target age for this book, but I just could not connect with Right of Way.

Peyton gets stranded at her uncle's wedding in Florida. She was supposed to run away to North Carolina with her friend, but at the last minute her friend backed out. Jace agrees to take her home -- to CONNECTICUT!! Jace and Peyton have a history -- they met last year and had a long-distance relationship for a while but it ended mysteriously. So they take off for Connecticu
Marla Mei
...because Lauren Barnholdt's books are now simply becoming a guilty pleasure. They're not that great yet not that bad either. Just somewhere in between.

As far as I have read, the characters that she writes have always been the same. She depicts teenagers as childish, petulant kids who get all so worked up over senseless things. Teenagers who see life's harshness as if it will be the end of them. It's life. No need to be dramatic about it but her characters always overreact about them. Also, all
Emma Martinez
Oct 06, 2014 Emma Martinez rated it it was amazing
Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt is a story of two young lovers figuring out where they belong. This book really just pulls you into the story. Every sentence feels like you’re there. I began reading this book not thinking I would understand it since its in two different perspectives. But the author does an amazing job of keeping you on the edge of your seat.

It all starts at a Christmas party. Seventeen year old Peyton, and Eighteen year old Jace clicked right away. They became the best of frien
Ding Luo
Aug 10, 2014 Ding Luo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt is a romantic fiction book that describe a trip between a pair of break-up lovers.

The story is really interesting which filled with romance. It start with the girl Peyton has intended to spend her summer holiday in North Carolina with her best friend, but she is informed she has to go for the trip alone. At the moment that Peyton feel hopeless, her ex-boyfriend, Jace, appears in front of her. There is no other way, Peyton has to ask Jace to send her from Florida
Fortunately, this book is an easy read. The last 100 pages or so were kind of difficult to read because I had lost all interest in the story. I found the drama in this book to be silly, as well as the characters.
I still think it was ok. It kept me entertained for the most part and it brought me back to reading, which I really appreciate.
Jun 06, 2015 Kobi rated it really liked it
Shelves: jumanji
Right of way was okay, I've previously read a few of Barnholdt's and I really enjoyed them. I was very confused while reading this(I have not read Two Way Street yet so maybe that would solve my dilemma?). I liked Jace alot, he fights his problems head on l, while Peyton on the other side runs away from her problems. Peyton's issues with her family cause her to run away with Jace to North Carolina. Secrets separate the two, but they also connect them.
(view spoiler)
Lauren Kester
Mar 17, 2015 Lauren Kester rated it really liked it
I read the book “Right of Way”. This book was really good because I related to some of the things that were in the book. The story switched point of views. I liked how you could see the story from two sides.

Peyton is a teenage girl who plans to run away. After a wedding Peyton and her friend Brooklyn were going to live in North Carolina. The only problem is that Brooklyn’s parents found out. Her parents refuse to let Brooklyn go. Peyton decides that she is still going to North Carolina. Peyto
Sydney Bartel
Mar 16, 2015 Sydney Bartel rated it liked it
“Right of Way” was a very good book. I enjoyed how much teenagers could relate to it. I like how it was extremely easy to connect with the characters in the novel. Although, I did not really enjoy how conceited some of the characters acted at times. They decided to run from every problem that came their way. This, however, is how many teenagers act. I thought these traits that some of the characters possessed made it easy to relate to them, even though it became somewhat annoying at times. I lik ...more
Jan 21, 2014 Kala rated it it was ok
Spoilers in this review, so beware!

I like some of the other books this author wrote. This one... MEH.

The basic plotline is that Peyton and Jace met awhile back during a Christmas vacation and started seeing each other. Jace found out that (view spoiler) so he cut off all contact with her.

Yes, for real.

Yes, this is stupid and makes no sense.

But, whatever.

During the book we also find out that Peyton is running away. T
Mar 29, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
ARC giveaway and full review at http://

What I liked about Right of Way:

1) The characters were well written and full of personality. I related more to Jace than I did Peyton, the female protagonist just because at times she came across as self centered and bratty. Jace was pretty mature in the way he handled the whole situation

2) I love road trip books. This one reminded me a lot of You Are Here by Jennifer E Smith and Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing S
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Jan 07, 2015 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, e-arc
4.5 Stars!

Fact number one: I love road trip books.
Fact number two: I love YA contemporary romances.
Fact number three: I loved this book.

I have to start by saying how much this story reminded me of Two-Way Street , its companion novel, which I listened to on audio about a month ago. I adored Two-Way Street, and I was so happy to see that this story was just as cute, just as fun, and just as easy to read and get into. I may have liked the storyline in TWS a bit more, just because I fell in love
Jenni Arndt
Jun 20, 2013 Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-ebook
And to think, this one held so much promise. I was really excited heading into Right Of Way. A road trip novel and a complicated romance? Yes, please. Unfortunately this story quickly began to feel rather childish and I failed to connect to any of the characters.

Peyton and Jace have had a complicated relationship, actually their relationship has ended. After meeting over Christmas, having a few good dates and then experiencing their relationship growing over the phone, their relationship was cut
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I've read a couple of Lauren Barnholdt's novels, but I guess Two Way Street is the one that really leaves a mark to the majority of young adult readers out there once the name of the author was mentioned. Yes, I do love road-trip stories that's why Two-way Street indeed appeal to me and this new novel of Ms. Barndholdt also appeals coz of road-trippy appeal but unfortunately it seem to be a mirror of Two Way Street even though it was a companion novel to that, it too much mirror to the first boo ...more
May 27, 2013 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
I received this ARC from edelweiss, thank you!

Overall this book was enjoyable. It was a nice, light read. I liked the way it was written (very intense!) and I even didn't mind the alternating POV (I HATE alternating POVs but this was really well done). Both Peyton and Jace had clear voices and I was able to tell who was who every time. I also like how sometimes there were flashbacks and other times we got to see the same scene from each person's side.

At the start of the book there are multiple
Dec 02, 2013 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I love road trip books, so I was looking forward to reading Right of Way. I will say that I have not read Two-way Street yet, which this book is a companion novel to. I did still enjoy it and hope to read Two-way Street sometime also. Jace and Peyton are on a road trip together after having broken up, though each blame the other for the breakup. The story is told from a dual POV, and the secrets and reasons behind the breakup are revealed as it progresses, which is something that keeps your inte ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Anncleire rated it really liked it
“Right of way” is a very interesting read. In the best Lauren-Barnholdt-style is a compelling story, incredibly romantic, bittersweet and absolutely lovable. During a road trip from Florida to Connecticut the main characters have to discover the possibility of a love story even if they have to risk all their emotions. Characterization is very good and the double point of view is a wonderful choice. Barnholdt has amazing skills and I love all her book. This is a story that can give all the reader ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Katie_la_geek rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook-arc

This was an odd book because there were quite a few things about it that really annoyed me but I still found myself enjoying it.

There were some great things about it. The writing was really good and the story flowed nicely. The POV swaps between the two main characters (Peyton and Jace) and also switches between the present and the past. Barnholdt handles this really well and I wasn’t once confused. The story was entertaining and well structured; it was a fast read that never bored me.

One of th
Why did I pick this book out? I was expecting to read an enjoying feel-good contemporary romance novel and all I got was terrible characters and a boring plot. I hate giving bad reviews, but I need to let out my frustration of this novel. Seriously, the girl Peyton is rude, selfish and despite the fact that it mentions that she's smart, everything that goes on in her head and comes out of her mouth sounds stupid. I hate how she always rudely mentions south or southern people. I wonder if the aut ...more
Pattie Hajaja
Apr 13, 2015 Pattie Hajaja rated it did not like it
How was the book? One word: RIDICULOUS. Ridiculous plot. Ridiculous characters. Ridiculous writing.

I found this lame. Really lame. It was almost intriguing at first because Peyton's family was breaking apart. But then that was just that. Well hey, the story was about Peyton and Jace's love story! Which is, let me say it again, ridiculous.

The whole story, which could've been written down to fifty pages BTW (not to mention that one chapter which was all about Jace taking in his best friend's dog),
Apr 29, 2015 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: road-trip
I love a good road-trip book especially where there is the promise of romance within its pages :) While I enjoyed Right of Way, I have to state in all honestly that I just didn’t click with the characters, I found them to be quite immature. Their actions are impulsive (ok a typical teenage trait maybe) however, it really frustrated me.

Secrets are hinted at from the start and the ultimate carrot dangling in front of the reader is the promise of explaining how Peyton and Jace broke-up.

Told from a
Jessica ✿
May 18, 2015 Jessica ✿ rated it liked it

I don't have a lot to say, but the book was cute. The only thing I didn't really like is how each chapter kept flipping back and forth from present to past time, and we didn't get to discover how to characters met in till halfway through the book!! Argh!

Quick and easy read.
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