Thu, July 25, 2013

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt Review

Right of Way book cover

Right of Way book cover

Right of Way
By Lauren Barnholdt
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Simon Pulse, 320 pages

Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

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Road trip! Road trip! Road trip!

I never get enough of books like this, especially this time of year. And as far as road trip books go, this one was pretty entertaining.

Worth noting: It wasn’t until days after I finished the book that read that bit above about how Right of Way is a companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-Way Street — I guess it had been so long since I read that one that the character cameos were lost on me. Oops!

Basically, if you were a fan of that book, you’ll definitely like this one, as it’s really along the same vein. For me, both resolved themselves a little too prettily. And after a lot of build up/drama, that always irks me.

Right of Way is also told from two points of view and flip-flops around in time, and it takes a long time to figure out both side of Peyton and Jace’s story. That’s part of the fun, of course, but it’s also a little confusing at first.

So, some pros, some cons. All in all, there was lots of romance, lots of angst — just what you’re probably looking for in a beach read!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: My favorite book from Lauren Barnholdt is still One Night That Changes Everything. I LOVE THAT BOOK! Read my review here.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: lauren barnholdt, road trip, romance


  1. emery lord said:

    How have I missed this one?! Looks so good! Such a soft spot for summer road trip books 🙂


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    I’ve heard fairly mixed reviews about this one, unfortunately. From the sounds of things it simply re-hashed a lot of the same issues from the first novel in the series, Two-Way Street. I think I’ll read the first in the series first and see how I like it 🙂


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

  3. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    I haven’t heard of either of these, but it sounds really good! I like books that are sort of a puzzle to figure out as they tell the story. Great review!


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

  4. Violet said:

    This cover reminded me of a book I recently read. It’s called “The Distance Between us”


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

  5. April Books & Wine said:

    I’ve actually never read a book by Lauren Barnholdt! FAIL!

    BUT I will have to read this one AND the companion because yay road trip books!


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

  6. kay said:

    Ha! I remember reading Two Way Street, which is mostly why I want to read this one too. I think I’ll wait for the paperback though, since most of the reviews I have read, including yours, have been kind of in the middle about it.


    Posted on: Thu, July 25, 2013

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