Published by Self-Published on 26th August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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 a New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
Two Roads is the second book by L.M. Augustine, but the first one that I have read. After reading this one though, I will definitely read his first book ‘Click to Subscribe’.
The story is told from the POV of Cali. Cali is in her sophomore year at college, and has developed a reputation for being a ‘mean girl’. She is like the Queen Bee, telling tales of her conquests and bitching about others to her group of ‘friends’, however it’s all an act. It’s her way of masking how alone and empty she feels after the death of her brother Ben 4 years ago. She is currently running a hate campaign against Logan, a maths geek, who also just happens to be her brothers best friend and the person she blames for his death.
At first I found the story pretty slow going. The constant back and forth between Cali and Logan was wearing a bit thin. The texts, emails, and verbal insults every time they saw each other had me wanting to skip past these parts. However, it started to pick up the pace around 40% and after that I couldn’t put it down.
Cali is distant from everyone – she has no real friends, just hangers on, and she has no relationship with her parents. She blames Logan, her parents and herself for Ben’s death – and its not apparent at first how he died, or why she blames them. One of the reasons for her animosity towards Logan is his apparent ease in moving on with his life after Ben’s death, and that it hasn’t affected him at all. She is still grieving for him, and feels alone in her grief, she feels no one cares about Ben but her, but if she would only talk to those around her she would realise that is not the case.
The only thing that makes her happy is poetry. Oh and annoying the hell out of Logan! It’s true when they say that there’s a fine line between love and hate – she is constantly thinking of ways to insult him and get one over on him, convinced that this is because she hates him but she slowly (much to her horror) realises that she only feels alive when he’s around.
I loved Logan – I felt that there was more to him underneath his geeky exterior and I was certainly proved right later in the book! The chemistry between the two of them simmered away and I was just waiting for that moment when they would give in and admit that they both felt something more than hate.
There were also moments in the book where I felt the tears falling down my face before I even realised that I was crying. The grief that they both felt for Ben was still raw even though it was 4 years down the line. I think that was partly because Ben’s death was unresolved and it had left them wondering ‘Why?’ and wondering if there was something that they could have done to prevent it.
Cali needs to accept Ben’s death, stop blaming her parents and Logan, and also herself before she can move on with her life. When she does this, will she realise then that the road to happiness is right in front of her?