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Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
There are two sides to every break up. 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, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot. Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.
I love this book for many reasons, but the #1 reason is because it introduced me to the talented YA author Lauren Barnholdt. The feeling I got while reading this book put me in the middle of this chaotic roadtrip, with these two destined-to-be-together, messed up teenagers. I loved every second of it! Since I discovered Contemporary YA I haven't been able to look away from it. I love the elements of re-living your teenage youth. This book takes you back to your first heart break. Oh how devastating that was! However, this version of it has a happy ending - while my version just left me saying "good riddance!" haha. This book also introduced me to my love for books centered around roadtrips! The idea of two teenagers traveling cross-country for a destination they don't quite know is headed their way, intrigues me more than you know. I cried for Courtney, and I swooned for Jordan. If you have not read anything by Lauren Barnholdt, then I suggest you start with this wonderful diamond in the ruff. Two-Way Street is one of my top contemporary YA reads of 2010!