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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (26 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781416913184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416913184
  • ASIN: 1416913181
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two-Way Street 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, ... Full description

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
Well-known for her first novel, REALITY CHICK, Lauren Barnholdt has a new offering worth checking out. TWO-WAY STREET is the perfect book if you are interested in learning about both sides in a couple's breakup.

Courtney and Jordan are about to begin a three day trip from their homes in Florida to their college orientation in Boston. Usually this would be cause for excitement, but this trip is bound to be uncomfortable. The reason is because, two weeks ago, Jordan broke up with Courtney, supposedly because he met a girl on MySpace. Since the plans for the trip have already been made, Courtney's parents are insisting that she stick with those plans and travel with her ex all the way to Boston.

The characters and details of this novel are well-developed. Courtney is ultra-organized, schedule-oriented, and germaphobic. Jordan is a relaxed, take-things-as-they-come, rap lover. The story reveals their quirky best friends who are always just a cell phone call away waiting to offer whatever support their own busy lives allow. The private lives of Jordan and Courtney's parents offer their own unique brand of suspense to the plot. In addition, an underlying thread of the plot involves continued references to the use of MySpace, which is sure to be an attention-grabber for teen readers.

Barnholdt created the book with alternating chapters. In Jordan's chapters he tells his version of the story before, during, and after the trip, and Courtney does the same in her chapters. This unique style allows readers to sort of "read between the lines" of the breakup. The characters are dealing with secrets they feel must not be revealed. The resulting tension and hard feelings created by the secrets will have readers rooting first for Jordan and then for Courtney.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ThatGirl on 14 July 2009
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I read this book in a day because I literally could not put it down.
Although the plot could be really predictable, it has clever twists and it is so well written that the reader is completely sucked in to the story - which is basically that Jordan and Courtney, a high-school couple who have recently split up - now have to travel down to college together.
All of the characters - the main protagonists as well as their respective best friends B.J. and Jocelyn - have depth and development enough to not fall into the stereotypes which their characters do offer - e.g. Courtney could be the Good Girl Who Studies but she also texts in class and goes out partying with her friend. They are also really, really normal. In a good way. They could easily be you or your classmates (although obviously a little bit more dramatic).
The narrative is split between Courtney and Jordan, and then again into 'Before' and 'The Trip', which means that you see both sides of their story both before, during, and after their relationship. Also incorporated into the story are references to things like MySpace, keeping it totally up to date (for now...) and making it even more relatable to teenage readers. The romance is obviously the main theme in this novel - although not the only one - and it does have some romantic moments that make you want to climb right into the pages and join them for breakfast.
All in all, a great book which is so worth reading, even if this is a rambling review :)
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By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2013
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Two-Way Street is another book that's been hiding in a box for almost 3 years, and is my second Lauren Barnholdt read. I felt like something light and contemporary, and this was indeed just that. Basically the perfect read for the mood I was in. Although it was predictable (even to me, the person who never guesses anything), I still enjoyed it and became quite attached to Courtney and Jordan. I ended up liking Jordan more than Courtney, which I didn't expect to be the case. He was harbouring a big secret that could have turned Courtney's life upside down, but of course she didn't know that. He did a great job of putting her feelings before his, and I think that's why I identified with him. If I was in the same situation, it's totally something I would do.

Not only did this book feature a realistic teen relationship/break-up, annoyingly accurate stereotypical secondary characters and a slowly unfolding mystery, but it also took place on a road trip. I love road trips (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is, like, the BEST), and this was no exception to that rule. There's something about being in a car along, on the road with the possibility of taking a different route or going in completely the wrong direction that appeals to me. I don't quite know why, as I'm a ridiculously organised person. I would probably be the Courtney of this story - the sensible, good girl who has an itinerary and a set time frame for things. So yes, road trips. Give me more of 'em, please!

As I mentioned earlier, Two-Way Street was predictable. But predictable in a good way. I knew how it would end and what would become of Courtney and Jordan as a plural, and I even suspected the twist before it made itself apparent.
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By Fiction_Fan on 18 Jun. 2011
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Two-Way Street is told from multiple point of views. Courtney and Jordan both tell their side of the story but in a way I have never seen before. In this book, we get to see what happened before and during the road trip, with a tiny part of afterwards as well. I loved this way of telling a story as I really got a good feel for the couple and their relationship, as well as what they were going through on their trip. Sometimes dual narratives can get boring as they are done so much nowadays but this format was new and interesting.

No wonder Courtney and Jordan were an unlikely couple, they are completely opposites. Courtney is pretty uptight and likes to follow certain rules. She really doesn't believe in sleeping around or random hook ups. She has pretty strict morals and wont do anything to stray for them. She may sound boring, but she isn't. Courtney does know how to have fun though but knows how to do it in a way that doesn't compromise what she believes in. I could totally understand Courtney's feeling towards Jordan, both the good and the bad. If someone dumped me for some random girl on the internet, I would be fuming and I definitely wouldn't want him to know that I still cared. Although her reactions were predictable, they were justified. I would probably want to make a guy as jealous as possible if they did that to me!

Jordan is the player of the story. He is used to getting any girl he wants and definitely doesn't do relationships. He does casual hook ups and likes to play games with girls so obviously, I was going to love him from the very beginning. I just cant help being attracted to the bad boys, the ones you aren't supposed to like. The thing with Jordan was that there is a hell of a lot more to him than someone who does whatever he likes.
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