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.
It seems like LM Augustine’s books always capture something that is difficult to describe. They are deep, they are penetrating and they suck you into their world for just a little while. What a great book.
This is Cali’s story.
She a very unhappy person, but she plays the role she is expected to play as one of the popular girls at school and letting everyone think she’s a party girl who likes to hook up. When Logan transfers to the same college as her, she takes it upon herself to find ways to torture Logan, the resident nerd. What you come to find out is that they’re both trying to escape from a very difficult situation. Basically, they claim to hate each other, when in reality they share a lot of pain from an event that changed both of their lives. When they’re set up on a blind date, it all starts to fall into place.
First of all, Logan is like the nerd of my dreams. Seriously, he is a hot nerd with a heart of gold. And the poetry in this book? Oh…be still my beating heart. My husband once tried to write me a poem with an ocean theme, but “sea sponge of love” just doesn’t have that romantic connotation. This made me appreciate the way that poetry was used in this book all the more. It was so great.
Cali…well, Cali kind of pissed me off. She was a total mean girl, but once you got into the story and you found out all about her brother’s death and Ben’s role in the whole ordeal, you begin to understand her a little more. I won’t say she was my favorite person even by the end, but she was a very real character who hid a lot of pain, and I can appreciate that. Logan hid pain too, but in a much different way. Seeing them discover each other, the real people they were behind everything, was really lovely. Heartfelt is a great way to describe their love story. It was absolution for both of them.
This was a really emotional story that I think will resonate with a lot of people, I know it did with me. I think it takes a lot of guts as an author to write a story centered around grief, and to make something beautiful out of it. In a way, this isn’t just Cali and Logan’s story, but a story for anyone that has lost someone close to them before it was time. It will make you laugh, smile and most definitely cry. 4.5 stars.
“Then go to him,” I say quietly, and now I look up to meet her gaze. Her brown eyes are hard and strong, watching me intently. “Go out with him,” I continue. “Or don’t. But don’t let him go. Because if someone can be constantly on your mind like that, if they can always make you smile, if they can cheer you up one way or another, then you have to go to them. You have to tell them what they mean to you and then you can go out with them or you can stay friends or you can barely ever talk to them, but you enjoy yourself, you have fun, and then you hold fast to them and never, ever let them go. Because if someone, just by their existence, can brighten up your whole day, you have to try like hell to keep them in your life.” I take a long breath as soon as the words finish tumbling out of my mouth, a jumble of thoughts and feelings that, for me, couldn’t be more true. I don’t know where they came from other than straight from that goddamn unpredictable heart of mine, and as soon as the words leave my mouth, I know my subconscious has been working on them for a long time.
L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.