Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Date(s) listened: April 10 – 11, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Library (playaway)
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
Published by: Playaway (June 1, 2011)
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, 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.
Two-Way Street was my introduction to playaway audiobooks from my library. Since my library was in the process of moving, I was actually going to return this book so that I didn’t have any books out (the horror, I know!), but I decided to give the playaway a go — it was a new way of listening to a story for me and I felt like a story like this one would be the perfect first.
One thing I really liked about the story was that it was told from Jordan’s point of view and from Courtney’s point of view. Along with this, it was also told in snippets from the past, from the road trip, and after the road trip. It was nice to see how Jordan and Courtney grew as characters from when they first met and dated to them starting out at university. I also really liked Jordan’s character, for the most part, and found him to be somewhat more endearing than Courtney. I wasn’t too sure about all of the references to MySpace (do people still use MySpace?) since it just doesn’t seem like a popular social medium (coming from someone who has used it in the past). I would have preferred Barnholdt to have made up some social platform than to use one that’s already out there.
I can’t review this book without talking about the narration. Cassandra Morris was a good narrator, but I felt like she sounded way too young for a character who was going off to college. Her voice wasn’t one that I wanted to listen to in another book, so I’m hoping that she doesn’t narrate the rest of Barnholdt’s books, since I would like to check them out. Her pacing of the story worked well, but I felt like the story would have been better had it been split between a female narrator and a male one. Cassandra’s voice for Jordan just wasn’t convincing for me. It was also a little confusing to listen to this on audiobook, with the constant jumping around between the past and the trip — it was nice to visit both of these areas, but when listening on audio, it was hard to keep track of WHEN the story was taking place. Also, like I said with only having the female narrator, it was also hard to keep track of WHO was speaking. It might have been nice to follow along with the book while listening, but I guess that would defeat the purpose of listening to the audiobook.
In the end, this was a fun story to read — quick and light, and not very deep at all. It was nice to have the story told in befores and afters, as well as the trip itself. It might have been a wee bit predictable, but that was okay since I was listening to it as an audiobook — it was perfect for listening to in the car. I don’t think that I necessarily learned anything from the story, but it’s nice if you’re looking for something with little substance, but something that’s still entertaining.