Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review ~ Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

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.

The beauty of reading and getting lost in the fictional world is that sometimes you read a book that hits your emotions so hard you find yourself bawling, laughing, angry, etc. Sometimes one hits your hormones and you have to fan yourself, and then sometimes you run across that book that hits you on a personal level. That book you understand, you can relate to, and you read it slowly because either one word, one sentence, or one paragraph makes you think about life. Your life or someone else’s. Two Roads hit me on a personal level. I read it slowly and loved every word! 

Cali has hated Logan for the past four years, after that one tragic night when her world fell apart. The night she lost her brother, Ben. She holds herself, her parents, and Logan responsible. She lives a fake life to hide the guilt and the pain. She has fake friends, she has fake one-night stands, she has a fake bad girl persona. The one bright spot in her life is her hatred for Logan. The pranks and the insults that they engage in. 

I laughed so many times at their antics. Logan never missed a beat, no matter what Cali threw at him he gave it right back to her. The almost always ended their bouts with ‘I hate you’ well I decided early on that yep these two needed to wake up. There is a very fine line between love and hate. 

Cali’s parents wanted her to follow in their footsteps and become an engineer like them, but Cali refused, she wanted to be a poet. Her parents set her up on a blind date and when she gets to the designated place, well let’s just say surprise. 

Cali finds out that there was more to Logan than she thought. He held the same love for poetry as she did and he wanted them to attend a poet’s convention together. Cali refused over and over and oh boy lol, Logan did not let up. I won’t tell you how that weekend ended but I will tell you that it was wonderful. Especially the choice she has to make toward the end. 

“Everything is okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.” ~ Paolo Coelho

I give Two Roads 5 HUGE Stars! 

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