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Two-Way Street

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  45,163 ratings  ·  1,939 reviews
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

Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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May 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ok so let's list the pros and cons shall we:

-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
Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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,
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Alafiya

This may be the first road trip anti-romance novel I have read and although the entire thing was very juvenile, I enjoyed it. Jordan and Courtney, fresh high school graduates have just recently broken up but their road trip to Boston University can no longer be cancelled. You could just imagine the disaster to happen when you have to spend so many hours alone in a car with your ex. I’ll never be able to handle it. Lol.

Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing, I thought the entire thing w
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
What this book was filled with:

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

Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2018 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish
I got exactly two pages into this before I decided to DNF it and that's about all you need to know. ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Impulse buy from BookOutlet, and I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it? I was expecting a swoony second-chance romance but that didn't really happen. Also, the ending was nowhere near as resolved as I would have liked. Full thoughts to come!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 26, 2007
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Purchased copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and C
"Because let's face it -- no matter how much you tell yourself you're over someone, your heart knows the truth."

When I first saw the synopsis of Two-Way Street, I decided to read it right away as soon as I finished The Woman in Black. A road trip with your ex? That's sounds intriguing and fun to read! I was giggling and excited when I saw this because I like love-hate relationships, you know? Anyway, I loved the book, and at first, I thought it will be a next favorite material for me. But it
“When people start liking people, that’s when someone has the ability to get hurt.”

I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.

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Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
"“People come and go, in and out of each other’s lives like it’s nothing. So I don’t know how/why this should be a big deal.”

This book is the companion novel to Right of Way. I didn't enjoy Right of Way, but I had this book lying around on my shelf and I thought, maybe I should try this out. I am so glad I did because it was really good, much better than Right of Way. The characters were awesome, the plot was okay and the pace was great. I couldn't stop reading, I finished this book on Wed
Nicki White
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jordan, Courtney, Britney James (BJ) and Lloyd are all on a road trip to college. But Courtney is Jordan’s ex, so their road trip gets a little weird. On the way having to stop at the beach, hotels and going to parties and getting drunk. Of course, not all goes as planned and Jordan’s car decided it doesn’t want to start after an evening of fun.

Throughout the road trip Jordan discovers his feelings have not changed towards Courtney making the road trip even more tongue-tied since Courtney made a
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: was-ok, ya-fiction
3/5 Stars

I didn’t really like this book nor did I really dislike it.

I didn’t feel a connection towards the characters and didn’t care much about them. They were annoying at times and pretty average.

The ending wasn’t satisfying and honestly was disappointing.

Even though the book wasn’t enjoyable as I hoped, I was interested enough to finish the story.

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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute, worth-a-look
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
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
"I think about how people make mistakes, and how I lied to him about the whole Loyd thing, and how emotions and heartbreak and love can really screw with you head."

Two- Way Street is about two people, Jordan and Courtney. Jordan and Courtney were so in love, you know the typical high school love. They were destined to be together and go to college together. They were so convinced of this that they even decided to road trip to college orientation together. It was the best plan ever!

Until it was
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
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
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
Annie Brewer
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
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
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this road trip book this morning on a road trip of my own! It was quick and fun but nothing out of this world.
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
I've been on a kick of revisiting young adult contemporary's that came out around the time I was in high school and middle school. I've reread some Sarah Dessen books, a few Rainbow Rowell books, and a few newer YA contemporaries that came out after I was in high school. With this nostalgia kick I have going I decided to pick up a book that I have had on my shelf since middle school. Two Way Street had a certain sense of appeal to me it seemed to promise decent levels of angst as well as a fun r ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is not a review, this is a major case of RANTING.

Oh. My. GAWD.
I can't even.
This book was the most riciculous one I've read in a long LONG time. And that's saying a lot, coming from a girl who gave dreadful books like "The Selection" and "The Summer I Turned Pretty" TWO stars.

There was NOTHING I liked in this book, yet I finished it for your sake, just so you don't have to.


I don't even know with what to begin!

Ok. The characters.
1. Courtney, you hypocritical bitch! Y
Carlie K
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This review is originally posted on The Bookish Girl
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Let’s name one really awkward situation. What do you have in mind? What about having a road trip with your ex-boyfriend, whom you clearly haven’t got over yet? Well, it definitely makes to my top-5-most-awkward-situations list.

Jordan and Courtney are very much in love. They are even going to the sam
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Just Josie
There are so many things I like about this book.

- The flashbacks (and I don’t normally like that that much)
- The setting
- And the problematic romance was delicious.

I was looking for an easy read and this one was just amazing.

I just could not put it down.

Read: 16/10/2011
1st rating: 4 stars
Genre/sub-genres: Romance/angsty/YA
Cover: 3 stars - very simple and cute
POV: Dual
Will I recommend: Yes- I think I need to do a re-read soon since I loved it so much in my teenage years. Don’t know if I will
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.
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