Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt - NO

Barnholdt, Lauren Right of Way, 308 pgs. Simon Pulse, 2013. Language - R (129 swears, 25 "f"), Mature Content - PG-13; Violence - PG; 

Peyton has a plan: go to Courtney's Dad's wedding, have Brooklyn driver her to North Carolina, and never go home. "Inconvenient" describes finding out Jace will be at the wedding. The panic starts when Brooklyn can't drive. Life becomes impossible when Peyton and Jace end up on a roadtrip together, heading back to Peyton's home, with their complicated history in the backseat. 

It's hard for two stubborn people like Jace and Peyton to get in a relationship and make things work--this is why Barnholdt is able to make a book out of it. However, Barnholdt didn't pull it off. The relationship she tried to build her story around is hard because Jace gets frustrated with Peyton, Peyton gets frustrated with Jace, and I, as the reader, got fed up with both of them. Reading a book full of arguing wasn't very entertaining, just very tiresome. Furthermore, the love story Barnholdt decides to tell is predictable to the point that it feels unrealistic. 

HS -  NO. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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