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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. C

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon Pulse
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Cara
Ok so let's list the pros and cons shall we:

Pros
-Keep me interested enough to read the whole book
-Voices and thoughts of the characters were distinctly different and portrayed real teenagers
-The changing of time frames and narrators was done well
-Main guy Jordan had his sweet moments
-Funny at times

Now for the Cons
-way too much cussing (I know teenagers cuss but this came off as trying too hard)
-Jordan was basically your typical horny teenage guy that the author tried to make look sweet (worked...more
Alyssa
Sep 01, 2011 Alyssa rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you can think for yourself, knock yourself out. Not for the incredibly impressionable.
Proceed with the caution of spoilers, although I truly don't think you'll be missing anything with this book.



I’m probably about to be taking what’s supposed to be a light, entertaining read way too seriously. Still – melodrama suits the cover, the story, the characters and the writing of Two-Way Street, and if the shoe fits…

This is the summary I imagine Barnholdt sent to publishers. Keep in mind that I made this up all by my Little Self: Courtney and Jordan were doing fine, fine, fine. La-la-la,...more
Haleema
What this book was filled with:

- Annoying narrators
- Annoying best friends
- Annoying style of writing
- Annoying cliches
- Annoying parents
- Annoying stereotypes

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Ellis
Final verdict: 1.5 stars.

Fair warning: this is a rage rant. I really wanted to like this book but its sheer snobbery and utter stupidity obliterated every moment that had potential to be sweet. Therefore, strong words will be used and this ragefest will be loooong. Oh, and there are pictures and gifs. You know, in case that's not your thing.

Again, this is not a nice review.



Okay, I visited my grandparents this morning and on the drive there, I listened to Radio Stad, which is the local urban chan...more
~Tina~
This book is just awesome!

I don't know why exactly but there is something so cute and angsty about Jordan and Courtney's story. I couldn't stop grinning, laughing and had to finish this in one sitting.
I loved the way the story was told, both from Jordan and Courtney point of view, we get the whole situation and what exactly the dilemma is here, and I totally feel for Jordan, cause that was quite the dilemma. To be honest, it didn't have to be that big of a deal, but I guess looking at it from th...more
Reynje
2.5 stars

Maybe it’s the onset of summer, or maybe it’s just my perpetually itchy feet, but I find myself drawn to road trip books recently. Having just finished and enjoyed Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I went looking for another road-romance read and came up with Two Way Street. However, while there’s certainly a road in it, I’m not sure I’d classify this as a roadtrip book. I’d probably classify it under “Books That Really Irritated Me And Yet I Couldn’t Put Down.” Hmm. It seems I don’t have a...more
Ariana



I love it when I find a book that surprises me as much as “Two-way Street”. It’s one of those books that you can’t let go until you finish reading it, and then you want to read it all over again. In one word, it’s amazing!
I enjoyed every page of it, and I kept laughing because is so funny, easy to read, spontaneous and likeable. The characters are great, the dialog is full of humor and sarcasm, the story is sweet, dynamic and sometimes unpredictable, it’s one of my favorite books so far and I c...more
Marie
Good read!
I found the start was great, it was quite amusing and captured the awkwardness of the situation perfectly. I mean a 3 day road trip with your ex.. Quite awkward no?

Courtney's was so likeable and down to earth she was normal.. And therefore very relatable.
Everyone must have run into their ex('s) once in a while and if that's not awkward enough, imagine having to be alone with them for 3 days. It's easy to imagine yourself in that position and it would turn it exactly like it turned o...more
Jo ★  The Book Sloth★
This book was just so cute. It was light and fast paced. Nothing that stays with you for long but good when you want to spend some fun time.

What I liked in the book

1) The teenagers seemed like real teenagers. The guys were horny-dogs out to get into every pretty girl's panties. The girls were loud and cute. Not the usual sweet boy and shy girl. The hero had his sweet moments but didn't turn into an "eyes just for you" guy just because he fell in love. He still noticed other girls, still got turn...more
Eunice
3.5 stars

I was a bit reluctant to read this the first time I saw the blurb. I thought it would be a worrying and frustrating story. And well, it did turn out to be...a little frustrating. Not that I hate it, because really, I liked it. There were just some times where I wanted to smack both of Courtney and Jordan's head and tell them to please stop all the drama and just talk and tell the freaking truth. And then there goes the ending that kinda fell short on me. Nonetheless, most parts of the b...more
Racquel
This is definitely one of my favorite books ever. I know all the words cover to cover and have probably read it 7-8 times. No book has ever made me laugh out loud as much as this book, it is beyond hilarious. It's a quick read, one you should read while tanning or on a plane (did both myself) its definitely a page turner. LOVE LOVE LOVE the alternating POV's, I just love when authors use those and I love the present/past shit and I have to say the reason they broke up, totally didn't see it! It...more
Sana
As soon as I read the backside of Two-Way Street, I wanted to read it. It is always interesting to read such books of conflicting interests. Albeit, I figured out the main conflict about 50 pages into the book. It was predictable. But the thing is that I didn't mind it because I wanted to read the jibes being exchanged throughout their journey. Jordan and Courtney are not together anymore and Courtney is not aware of the real reason Jordan broke up with her. But both are still pretty much in lov...more
Annie Brewer
Mar 18, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great romantic story
Wow. Wow. Wow. I finished this in a day, started it last night and couldn't put it down. I freakin loved it!!! Review to come!

Okay, so wow this book was AMAZING!!! First of all, I gotta give the author props! Her idea for the story was so well developed and thought of. Okay, so imagine this:

You and your ex just broke up for some unknown reason and you're heartbroken. He totally disses you and says he met someone else. Okay, whatever, obviously she's a slut and he's a dick. Case closed. Well then...more
Megan Emily
I really don't like the authors writing, the author I mean.
I would not recommend this book, the Two Way Street I mean.
The girl is very annoying, the main character I mean.

HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT LAUREN BARNHOLDT?! IT'S VERY ANNOYING ISN'T IT!

The author seems to think that I am so stupid that I will forget what she is talking about, so she adds "...I mean" to everything.
Rose
I am finally done with this shit.

I won't waste my time on writing a review for this because I have better things to do (like reading a better book than this one).

If you want to get an impression of how big of a suck fest Two-Way Street is, go and read this review.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I struggled with whether to give this book two or three stars. I hovered over three and stared at "I Like It", then hovered over two and saw "It Was OK"....I did that a few more times before settling on two stars because, when I'm completely honest with myself, I DIDN'T like this book. Not entirely, anyway. I know no book is perfect, but this one....see, it started off good, then spiraled into a completely irrational mess. Courtney was, from the beginning, bossy and controlling, but you could at...more
Melissa
Jan 17, 2009 Melissa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eh... anyone who likes "chick" books.
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Nic
Aug 29, 2010 Nic rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older Teens and Adults
I really enjoyed Two-Way Street. I needed a book to lighten my spirits after Mockingjay and this was the perfect book for it. It is a great story about first love. It was funny, heartwarming and entertaining.

Two-Way Street is written from both Courtney's and Jordan's points of view. It also switches back and forward from when they first started going out to the current day. I thought at first it might get a little bit confusing but I loved getting to see how they got to the point they were at. T...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
A cross-country trip with your ex-boyfriend?

For Courtney, this is definitely not the most ideal way to spend the last days of your summer and to welcome your life at the University. But what more could she do? Before being dumped by Jordan for a girl he supposedly met on the Internet, they make plans to go to the same University and to drive cross-country together for orientation.It's too late to change plans, so the trip was still on. Though still affected by the break-up, Courtney acts casual...more
Komal
Minor spoilers ahead.

I didn’t initially plan on reviewing this piece of shit book because I thought, Why waste my time on something I absolutely loathed? but then Awesome Annie begged me to let out my wrath, and I told myself, Why not? That way, my friends won’t subject themselves to the same torture and they will be eternally grateful to me for having saved them from making such a disastrous mistake. So here I am, my *coughs* modest *coughs* self, saving your asses.

The adventures of Curious K...more
Kaisa
I loved it =) Oh, it was so much fun. Great characters, incredible ingtrigue.. I was hooked from the first chapter.
It will surprise you, I think. Although, maybe you've already read it. It was released like 4 years ago. I'm so behind.
If you haven't read it, then you should! It's perfect for the summer. Short, funny and amazing!

Have I shown my love for this book enough now? =)
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
I loved Two-Way Street. There is just something about alternating points of view that I just absolutely fall in love with if it feels like the author pulled it off. I definitely think Barnholdt captured the male mind, while giving Jeremy just enough charm to redeem him. For the most part.
I also loved the way it was written. The flashbacks were great, and I was glad we got to see how their relationship was before the break-up, and how everything came to be. The two of them obviously belonged toge...more
Jackie
This book is amazing, i absolutely loved it. It made me smile and laugh and had to finish this book straight away. The story was told from both POVs, Courtney and Jordan. It was a funny read and entertaining.

So like i said, this book is written in both POV with switching back and forth from the day they met and to the current day. This book is about how Jordan and Courtney both go a road trip to college. Since Jordan broke up with her "for a girl he met online", Courtney's heartbroken and even t...more
Holly
Aug 23, 2009 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High School Seniors
I was super jazzed to read Two-Way Street because I'm a senior in high school and there really aren't that many YA books based around that period. Most of it is freshman/sophomore year, you know? So I was excited to read it.

I've read a few reviews and people have complained about the cussing. I don't think it was as over-the-top as they say it was. Sure, the F-bomb gets dropped a lot, but it wasn't any more than I would have heard in school. Really, that shouldn't be a make-or-break point when y...more
♥ Sarah
The format reminded me of From What I Remember... with dual POVs switching back and forth from past and present. This seemingly complicated narrative style was one of the winning qualities of the overall book, because it provided rich characterization; Both Jordan and Courtney had their own unique personalities and I appreciated the honest “boy” insight in Jordan’s POV.

I won’t rehash the basic premise or summary of the book; but I will state that there wasn’t anything I disliked about this book....more
Dunja *a chain reader*
My emotions while reading this story:
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(not necessarily in that order)
I enjoy reading it. Lauren Barnholdt highly succeeded in distinguishing Jordan’s and Courtney’s voice, and even if she didn’t put the names on the beginning of each chapter I would know from who’s POV the story was told. But unfortunately Barnholdt do not succeed so much in Jordan’s and Courtney’s characterization. They both feel flat, they are two dimensional, without soul, boring a bit. I much more enjoyed reading about second...more
Meagan
Jan 23, 2009 Meagan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor, ya
This book begins just after the breakup of Courtney, a quiet and smart high school senior, and Jordan, the hot and popular guy in her class. Jordan tells Courtney that he's met someone else on MySpace, although Courtney has been unable to identify who the girl (who she has secretly named Carmen) might be. The situation is worse since the two had arranged to take a road trip to college before the breakup, and it's too late to cancel. So Courtney, who is still deeply hurt by the breakup, is forced...more
Sofija
I liked it. The book is written in two POVs (Jordan and Courtney) with interesting time changing scheme.
Usually in plots we have problems which lead to actions which lead to problem solutions. Well in “Two way street” you would find problems, but not solutions. Because this book is about reaching the point where characters decide to start dealing with their issues instead of ignoring them.
The characters were so silly in attempt to show each other indifference. And I don’t know how Courtney head...more
Good Golly Miss Holly
Intro:

With Two-Way Street, Lauren Barnholdt has taken the tale of a simple high school break up and turned it into an extremely entertaining read with many twists and turns along the way.

Summary:

Over the course of a road-trip to college, Jordan and Courtney delve into the past and present of why they ultimately broke up and whether they are willing to rectify the situation or go their separate ways on arrival.

Finale:

Truly one of the most enjoyable novels I've read lately, it somehow manages to c...more
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