Title: Two Roads [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: L.M. Augustine
Release Date: August 26, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A decent read that tugs at your emotions, but also makes you laugh at the same time.
About the Book: 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 gives you poetry, romance, emotional drama, and crazy hijinx. It was a bit more depressing than I originally thought, but not in a bad way. You get two characters who are struggling to get through life after a tragic event, so that’s to be expected. I liked the way Augustine handled the subject of death and suicide, not really the topic itself, but how it affects the loved ones of those who commit the act.
Cali and Logan’s relationship was pretty hilarious, despite the melancholy undertone of the book. Unable to admit to their feelings and let go of what happened to Cali’s brother, they kind of take out on each other and pull some pretty cool pranks on one another. Even though they both say they hate each other, it was pretty clear how much they cared for each other and the pranks they did was a way for them to stay connected without facing their problems. Once Cali realizes Logan shares a love of poetry like her, she starts to let her walls down, slowly, and he helps her deal with her grief and their relationship gets a lot deeper and more meaningful. I didn’t really like Cali that much. I wanted her to face her problems head on and I wish she had handled things better, but some people are like that. I really loved Logan though. Boy, when things get serious and you learn his side of the story, my heart melted for him.
Two Roads was a pretty quick read for me. The first half is funny and engaging. The second half gets deeper and emotional. Granted, not a lot happens in the book as a whole, it’s mostly Cali struggling with accepting her brother’s death and learning to let go and move on, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. That’s just how these kinds of books are, and I think Augustine did a good job with it. I liked her style of writing and am interested to see what she comes up with next.