Release Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street. Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal. Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on. Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead… - Goodreads.com
I'm a big fan of roadtrip stories, especially ones that throw two people who clearly have feelings for other but won't admit it, into a car together where they have to talk and fight and work it all out. I really enjoyed the first installment to this story, Two-Way Street because it was like that, and this one is similar, but with completely different people, different situations, and different emotional issues to work through.
I really liked Peyton and Jace. They were interesting characters, and their chemistry together was very good and kept me interested in the story. Early on, I had a little bit of trouble connecting to Peyton, only because she seemed a bit immature and whiny at first. But in a way, I felt that this was deliberate on her part, like she used it to keep pain away, and to keep Jace away.
Jace was a typical guy, and I really liked that. I love stories that let you inside the guy's head so you can see how they think, what they think, and to understand why they react to certain things the way that they do. And Jace has typical guy thoughts that made him seem very real as a character.
The story is told in alternating points of view, but also in alternating time frames. You would think this would be confusing, but it wasn't at all. I was able to follow it very well, and I actually really like it, because I didn't find details out too quickly... I got to discover them a little at a time this way, and this made me feel like I was an even bigger part of the story. I think this is one writing techniqe that Lauren Barnholdt does very well.
I really enjoy her stories. They are real, emotionally driven, simple but impactful stories that touch the heart. This was a really good summer read too, a nice romance that I truly enjoyed.