Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Two Roads

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…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

Jenn's Review

Its really sad I run a blog but get very hesitant to read a book by an author I don't know.  I don't recall signing up to review Two Roads.  I am very happy I was given the opportunity to though. Cali is just wading through life, hiding from life basically. Who can blame her, her brother is dead and she blames herself, her parents and Logan the best friend. Who wouldn't, we all need to blame someone or something when life screws with us. Fast forward 4  years, Logan transfers into the same college Cali attends. Cali sees Logan and is in a rage he is there. This starts a 6 month war, filled with pranks, insults, laughs and underlying it all Love! Cali cant see that she is in love with Logan but we can as the reader. The journey they go through to heal, and to accept is amazing. I laughed and cried, I cheered them on and hoped with them.  I learned more about poetry than I ever wanted to lol.  Overall this is an exceptional book and I am very happy I got to read it. 
Sheri's Review:
Wasn't sure what to think about this book.  I hadn't read the synopsis, just had the title and cover to go off of.  Well and my sisters glowing recommendation.   WOW JUST WOW!  This is was awesome book.
Cali is on the broken side.  She blames herself, her family and Logan for her brothers death.  To the point she hates him.  She exists day to day on the lies she tells others to keep them at bay.  She lives in barren existence until one day Logan transfers to her college.

Logan hides behind his facade of happiness.  He blames himself for Ben's death.  He goes through the motions trying to learn to live with his guilt.  Then he transfers to Cali's school and the fight is on.
Cali and Logan have a major hate thing going on.  They prank each other, they insult each other.  they are hyper aware of each other.  Their battles have become a game to keep their pain and their life in control.
Then they discover that everything isn't as it seems.  They had two choose between two roads...
I loved the rivalry and pranks and bickering between Logan and Cali.  These are two perfect people that just have to learn to let the other i.  The poetry and quotes will make you smile and think.  The pranks and insults had me laughing and well impressed.  The pain was ...well it was there too.  But so was the love. 
I loved that this whole story is around Robert Frost's poem.  It has been along held favorite of mind as well.  That road less travelled is hard to take, but as Cali and Logan showed us so very worth it!
Definitely recommend this fantastic story of love, redemption, pranks, hate, pain, friends and true and lasting love.

“Then go to him,” I say quietly, and now I look up to meet her gaze. Her brown eyes are hard and strong, watching me intently. “Go out with him,” I continue. “Or don’t. But don’t let him go. Because if someone can be constantly on your mind like that, if they can always make you smile, if they can cheer you up one way or another, then you have to go to them. You have to tell them what they mean to you and then you can go out with them or you can stay friends or you can barely ever talk to them, but you enjoy yourself, you have fun, and then you hold fast to them and never, ever let them go. Because if someone, just by their existence, can brighten up your whole day, you have to try like hell to keep them in your life.” I take a long breath as soon as the words finish tumbling out of my mouth, a jumble of thoughts and feelings that, for me, couldn’t be more true. I don’t know where they came from other than straight from that goddamn unpredictable heart of mine, and as soon as the words leave my mouth, I know my subconscious has been working on them for a long time.

L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.

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  1. Haven't read it yet, but it's on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing the reviews and excerpt.

  2. Read and reviewed. Review posted above! lol.