Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2013
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…
L.M. Augustine has definitely swept me away with this book! I thoroughly enjoyed Two Roads. Cali and Logan have had a rivalry going for the past six months, since he transferred to her school. However, as the days go on, the triumph she should feel when it comes to her pranks has turned to guilt. An impromptu trip to a poetry conventions pushes the two of them together. Maybe they’re not so different after all.
I really enjoyed reading about Cali and Logan’s rivalry/relationship. Maybe it was just ’cause I’ve had my own fair share of those that I could enjoy it so much. Honestly, the best friends are those who you can insult without worrying about actually insulting them. Their pranks were fun, their insults and rapid back-and-forth was awesome, and the characters themselves totally lovable.
While I loved their rivalry relationship, I also loved it when they weren’t on insult mode (because at one point, it was just becoming repetitive ><). When they let down their walls, it was amazing to read about what happened in the past and why they blamed each other, but even worse, why they blamed themselves. In my opinion, there was a lot more depth to Cali and Logan than I found in West and Cat from his previous novel, Click to Subscibe. The feelings, characters, and plot, as a whole, were a lot more believable. I liked that we got to see the two sides to Cali, the confident, and fairly shallow, side of her, and the broken side, filled with regret and pain years after the incident. Seeing her stripped down (figuratively) to the bones showed that in the end, you never really know what someone’s feeling until they let down their walls and let you in.
The poetry in the book was well done. It didn’t blow me away, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. The snippets before chapters were a nice reprieve from the story line, even though they kind of outlined it as well, while the poems found on Cali’s poetry website were moving, inspiring, and different in more ways than one. I quite liked that Augustine moved away from traditional poetry and really changed it up. I also loved how his themes came together in the end, finishing off the book perfectly for me.
Overall, Two Roads was definitely better than Click to Subscribe. The characters were easier to read about, the plot was fun and light-hearted, with an underlying secret that makes the story all the more believable and heart-breaking, and the novel in itself was unique and refreshing!
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.23/5
An eARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.