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Lauren Barnholdt
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (26 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416913181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416913184
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,061 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 9 Aug 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and relatable 14 July 2009
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 7 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I keep wondering what I missed when reading this book because I have heard a whole lot about it and majority of what I did were positive reviews. It's not that I dislike this book or anything, it just wasn't as good as I have heard.

I loved the premise of a road trip between an ex-couple who I knew still loved each other. It's incredibly romantic, despite the tension and the pain of the break-up. In many ways the book lived up to that. It was romantic - Jordan's gestures convey all his feelings for Courtney, and Courtney's hurt was palpable in her thoughts and actions. There was a great plot build up in Two Way Street, complete with the flashbacks that support and explain the couple's past. It also explains hook up, the break-up and everything in between. Towards the end there was such a rush of tension that I pretty much just raced through he book.

Unfortunately, I somehow found the twist pretty obvious from the beginning, as Jordan gives abundant clues in his narration. From then on it was just a matter of seeing where it will all lead to, which was not very fun at all. There was also the lack of individuality in the narrative voices. Both Jordan and Courtney share the same idiolects (for instance, the tendency to say 'I mean this, not that') which I wasn't sure if I were to take as their connection or just a lack of differentiation in their voices.

I found myself enjoying secondary characters more. B.J. is my favourite character, and despite his antics I thought he was great company. Unfortunately, I fiercely disliked the adults in this book. Selfish, condescending and callow. I could have dealt with that, had the book not made me feel like it was Courtney who had issues and had to change to accommodate the adults. I felt as if the adults were tolerated and Courtney was at fault for being kept in the dark. Thankfully, I liked the resolution between Courtney and Jordan, and what the roadtrip meant for their relationship.
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2.0 out of 5 stars average 20 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
this book was very expensive so I was expecting big things but it was a let down. The story line was ok but it was very averagey and BORING!!! I mean nothing happend . Save five pounds and just dont buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars such a good book!
i love the fact that this book is 2 peoples stories! its so funny & such a good romance book! it took me only a week to read this book and loved it throughout! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chloe brewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Two-Way Street
Two-Way Street is another book that's been hiding in a box for almost 3 years, and is my second Lauren Barnholdt read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars Two-Way Street
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. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by Fiction_Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, humourous read
Written in 1st person narrative with alternating perspectives of the boyfriend/girlfriend shortly after their breakup. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Book Angel Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, suspense - a fantastic read!
This book is about Courtney and Jordan, two people who are driving to their college. One problem though, Jordan broke up with Courtney two weeks before. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by Annabella Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars adolescent at best... but not in a good way!
It must be a culture difference, but this so isn't how we behaved over here when we were 18-ish. Is - to quote the author - "hooking up" really the only thing on these kids'... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2009 by Els De Clercq
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Way Street, 4.5 Stars
I like that although this is written in first person we get to hear the story from both characters point of view. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by Sammee, I Want To Read That
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