Release Date: August 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, NA, Romance
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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
Two Roads, L. M. Augustine’s latest, offered a humorous dialogue, sweet revenge plotting and a cute romance. However this novel is not all just a romance, this novel deals with dark issues in an unpitying way such as death and self-esteem. Despite this, the label of NA did not really seem to work for me and authentic-y was questioned as I progressed through.
Unlike Click To Subscribe, the author creates two characters that are complete enemies and slowly, throughout the story, draw them together. A foretell-able plot idea, but Augustine manages to provide an engaging contemporary seamlessly. Cali Monroe, our protagonist is our shallow and cliché stereotypical girl. Or that is what everyone believes. However, inside Cali is just a thin paper shell of pain, regret and loss. Her brother committed suicide and her parents refuse to come to a compromise for Cali’s undying love of poetry. A raging personality, she dumps it all on her brother’s best friend, Logan Waters. Intertwined with pranks, witty dialogue and a crepe blackmailing, Cali and Logan slowly begin an attempt to uncover what happened to her brother on the day of his death. If they can cooperate first.
The characters in Two Roads were quite a mix, yet similar in many aspects simultaneously. Cali was a character that took much patience to love. In all truth, I wanted to strangle the girl for her ingenuity at the beginning but we soon learn that it was her veil, to hide her real self to the real world- because she’s still in trauma and disbelief of her brother’s death. The only thing keeping her sanity was a poetry blog and the competitive and somewhat satirical rivalry with Logan. Oh Logan, how you are awesome and everything epic. Aside from being a touch too sensitive, Logan was a sweet, hilarious and caring guy, while not being trite at the same time. As for the supporting characters, they were the best at being dumb and oblivious. Nonetheless, this wasn’t a huge bother to be as it wasn’t a huge focus point.
I have a few little qualms. My main concern was the age Augustine allocated to the main characters, Cali and Logan. Even though I believe I’ll be just of a spaz and prank loving girl when I’m 20, in a book I expect much more genuine and more relatable protagonists for older people. Secondly, the romance. I really well and truly relished it. That being stated, there was hidden angst. Sometimes it was just cutesy, however at other times, it was a little needy and wanty and I was like: Get on with it!
Two Roads was a entertaining read filled with more Augustine awesomeness. While Click To Subscribe was more my cup of tea, Two Roads contains more deeper messages and can get tear jerker-y in the end. There is one inappropriate scene which I just skipped awkwardly passed, but I’m, sure older readers will swoon over it.
~Thank you L. M. Augustine for sending me this copy!~
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