I read this as an ARC (big thank you to the author!), but it’s officially OUT today. (Happy Bookish Birthday to TWO ROADS!!)
Since CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE was my one of my best-reads-of-2013, of course I wanted to read TWO ROADS.
I was counting down to this book. Excited? I think YES. Disappointed? I think NO. I liked it!
It wasn’t CLICK, but honestly, it shouldn’t be compared. I love the author’s style and voice, which comes through just as strong in his second book. But other then that, this is New Adult while CLICK was Young Adult. But there is ice cream in both books. That deserves a mention. If you put ice cream in a book, you can never be far wrong.
TWO ROADS seemed to have the bells and whistles of NA (swearing, sex, college life, pranks, and horrible parents). The focus isn’t sex, though, which was nice. I haven’t read a lot of NA, so I can’t comment on the category itself.
I loved how the characters presented themselves as stereotypical, shallow college students – but underneath they were all so much more. I always admire deep characters. I LOVED Logan. Nerd and geek? Ha. He was a lot more then that. Cali, the narrator, was the “mean girl” – though not really. It was her façade. And, wow, did she have voice! Life wasn’t a narration of which-boy-is-hot (huge relief), but rather she’s trying to heal from a family tragedy. Well, that is to say “trying to heal” means “hate the guts out of your brother’s BFF”. It works. Kind of… Anyway! I liked Cali and Logan’s relationship.
I was disappointed in the writing.
The book was heavy with “telling” and not “showing”. Argh. Cali flew off in tangents of “telling” narrations that drove me crazy. I like a story with no fluff, so this was a drawback for me (the reason it lost a star, actually). There was also the case of the Time Warp. Logan and Cali pull pranks on each other throughout the book, which is awesome (they thought up some wicked things), but the time frame they were given to do those pranks? It was impossible. Maybe I just misread, but I found quite a few of these instances.
Take out the fluffy narration and put in more of that raw emotion, and this would’ve been another epic read of 2013.
Unfortunately, it didn’t, so it wasn’t. But I’m excited to see more of what L.M. Augustine will write. Nerds unite! (Mathematically? Hatefully? Awesomely?)
The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.
Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.
But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.
And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all…
Cait is supposedly cleaning up her room. (HA. Like that’s happening. It was more fun to write this book review. When she has finished the cleaning task of horror, she has many more books to devour. Including Unwholly by Neal Shusterman and How To Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. As if she needs to read that last one…