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Two-Way Street
Two-Way Street
by Lauren Barnholdt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.30

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and relatable, 14 July 2009
This review is from: Two-Way Street (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 :)

It's A Boy Girl Thing [DVD] [2006]
It's A Boy Girl Thing [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Samaire Armstrong
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good, 13 July 2009
I first saw this film on tv and only stuck with it because nothing else was on and it was - coincidentaly - starting at the same time as I tuned in.

Within the first two minutes you can guess (accuratly) that the two main characters are going to end up together - mainly because
a) it's a film for teenagers.
b) the two main characters HATE each other (and in movie land, HATE = love!)
and c) they live next door to each other. again, in movie land this is a clear recipe for marriage.
anyway, despite the fact that the entire plot is kind of predictable from the get go, this film is actually suprisingly good. the characters are good. the actors are good. the writing is good. this is all obvious because although the main characters (Woody and Nell)could very easily fall into the tired old stereotypes of Good Girl Who Reads And Is Basically Sandra D and Bad Boy Who Drives Fast And OMG Also Drinks!!!, they don't. they have depth, which is nice. we see why they are the way they are (and no! BBWDFAOMGAD!!! isn't the one with the crappy parents - there is some originality to it!), and we like them.
the plot is a bit out there, obviously (how many people do you know who've swapped bodies?), but it's not anything that hasn't been done before - lots of people have already drawn a comparison on here to freaky friday but apart from the body swap and the fact that there are teenagers, the two films are more or less completely different. Boy/Girl deals with more realistic teen situations (e.g. the afformentioned OMG He Also Drinks!!!, as well as a theme of Nell being a virgin) but it also has a deeper central plot which is so relatable to anyone of the same age as the characters: they are leaving high school, and they are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Nell is (suprise suprise) going to a really good university (i think it's Yale?) that she has to interview for and Woody is going to a different kind of college (i didn't really pay much attention to the education system bit, i just accepted it) which he needs to win a football game to get into, so they have to help each other out. i think that this is the part of the film which really spoke to me, beacause it's so reflective of all the difficult decisions you're expected to make at an age when you still don't really know who you are and everyone else wants to give you their input.
in a vague sort of summary, this film is funny (the scene when they realise they've swapped bodies is so well done it will have you in fits), romantic, and... well, Suprisingly Good.

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