Thursday, 29 September 2011

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Title: Two-Way Street
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 26 2007
Pages:  288
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

The last book that I read by Lauren Barnholdt was really enjoyable and fun to read, so I thought I would try another one of her books. I was not disappointed. Two-Way Street was another fun, quick, light and easy read. It had an exciting plot line which was very unpredictable and realistic. The humorous aspects of Barnholdt’s writing kept me absorbed and in fits of laughter.

Courtney, one of the main characters, is a funny, organised and practical sort of girl who has just been dumped by her boyfriend Jordan, for a girl who he met on MySpace. Courtney is heartbroken but still needs to take a dreaded road-trip with him to college. Jordan who is gorgeous, a bad boy and a bit of a player still cares for Courtney and looks forward to the trip. But everything is not what it seems, Jordan is keeping secrets.

The story jumps from present time to the past, giving a lot of insight into Jordan and Courtney’s past relationship. Two-Way Street is also told from both Jordan and Courtney’s point of view. Barnholdt does a magnificent job in portraying the teenage mind and also the male teenagers.

A story with memorable characters and great side characters that is so much fun to read. Although there is a lot of talk about MySpace in this book, which hardly anyone uses these days, it did not distract me from the story. Barnholdt has created great tension between the characters, with a touching and cute relationship that will keep you absorbed. Definitely a book for YA fans.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #24

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breakingthe Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. 
This Weeks Choice: 

By Antony John

Expected Publication Date: April 12 2012
Publisher: Dial

Summary (Goodreads):
When sixteen-year-old Luke's book, Hallelujah, becomes a national best seller, his publisher sends him on a cross-country tour with his unpredictable older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when Matt offers to drive Luke's ex-crush, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. Luke thinks he's enlightened, but he really needs to loosen up if he's going to discover what it truly means to have faith, and do what it takes to get the girl he loves.

Why I am pining for it:
I love books about road trips with some romance, so this book is definitely up my alley. The cover looks really cool and interesting as well.  

What are you anxiously waiting for?

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Teaser Tuesday #23

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just pick up your current read. Turn to a random page and pick a couple of sentences off the page. Make sure you don’t include any spoilers! 

This Weeks’ Teaser:

By Andrea Cremer

I wanted to crawl inside my locker and hide. “Girl stuff.”
“Sounds enthralling,” I heard him say, though I’d buried my head in my jacket.
I stopped imitating a frightened ostrich and grabbed my lunch bag. “Okay. Let’s go eat.”
Shay strolled alongside me, humming ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ until I punched him in the kidney.  Page 256 

Monday, 26 September 2011

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Author: Simone Elkeles
Title: Chain Reaction
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 16 2011
Pages: 308
Series: Perfect Chemistry #3
Rating; 5 Stars

Summary (Goodreads):

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

My Thoughts: 

I couldn’t wait for this book. I love this series and was anxiously awaiting the third and last book of the series. In Chain Reaction we follow the youngest of the Fuentes brothers, Luis. He is just as stubborn, cocky and hot just like his older brothers. 

In Chain Reaction we meet Nikki, a Latino girl, who is the daughter of a doctor. She has more in common with the north-side neighbours than she does with the south side of Fairfield.  She is strong willed, smart and beautiful. She doesn’t trust boys especially boys from the south side. Until she meets Luis Fuentes and breaks all her rules. 

Simone Elkeles has a brilliantly unique ability of absorbing the reader into the story and creating amazing emotions. This book made me fall in love with this series all over again. We get to see more and more of Alex, Brittany, Carlos and Kiara and are able to see a glimpse of what has happened to them since the previous books. An amazing series, that is definitely a must read! Exciting, romantic, hot, action-packed and an awesome ending to a captivating series. 

Here are some Pictures I found of the Fuentes brothers and their girlfriends 



Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #23

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. 
This Weeks Choice: 

By Melissa Jensen

Expected Publication Date: February 16 2012
Publisher: Speak

Summary (Goodreads):
Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming
romantic comedy

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends— the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art— and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

Why I am pining for it:
A cross between pretty in pink and Anna and the French Kiss? I’m soooo there!!! It sounds like a fun and romantic read. The cover is also uber cute.

What are you anxiously waiting for?

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