Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Right of Way, My Introduction to Lauren Barnholdt


Title: Right of Way
By: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
*Downloaded ARC from Edelweiss

I adore road trip books; seek them out really. Having characters without limits on the open road is the ultimate unpredictable setting. I as a reader have no idea where the author is going to take me. The more detail the better and most importantly the more awkward situations the lead characters get into the more fun the story. I own Two Way Street that is also by Barnholdt but have not read it yet. Why I read this one first, I don’t know. Why I haven’t read any of Lauren Barnholdt’s prior books, I don’t know…but I will now!

Right of Way is a great beach read and perfect for it’s summer release. I thought it was funny and brought a refreshing perspective of young adults. Peyton and Jace had eventful scenes of awkwardness and it worked for the story’s benefit. Both characters are going through pretty common problems, but Peyton’s is a bit more unique which I found infuriating. No need to worry, I will get into her story later. Right of Way is written in both characters POV and offers somewhat of a breadcrumb dissection of why this couple got together and ended so quickly. Lauren Barnholdt always kept me curious of why Jace and Peyton broke up.   


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Summary:

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…


I felt so bad for Peyton because of her parent’s messy divorce that she’s in the middle of. Her mother is so obsessed with shopping for designer labels that she doesn’t realize her daughter’s issues. Her mother is whom I found infuriating in the book. Don’t want to spoil anything but when a secret surfaces about credit cards I just couldn’t believe it and was completely blown away by it. Peyton is dealing with so much and when Jace is so willing to help her leave her situation behind, even after their break up you feel even worse because she just wants answers as to why they can’t be together. But even though I felt sorry for her she is also extremely stubborn and set in her ways. Enter Jace to snuff that out.

Jace has two sides, a loyal guy willing to help someone in need and then there is the self-destructive side that messes everything up. Jace decides to skip his graduation and the speech he has to deliver to help Peyton. This confuses Peyton because he’s the one that broke things off. Jace often holds the cards in the relationship department because of this. When he realizes he may want to give his relationship with Peyton another chance is when he changed for me. Because he actually seeks out a friend in a serious relationship and asks his advice. I thought it was smart of Barnholdt to do this because it gives readers an interpretation of what a real relationship is. It’s not always fun and something that requires work and open communication. Jace and Peyton learn this the hard way.

Jace and Peyton have many friends who are honest to the point of laughter and when they all have to attend the same wedding it served as the spotlight of the book for me. It’s the ultimate uncomfortable situation because of the breakup that involves two groups of friends. Peyton wants to look her best so that she can show Jace that she is okay. This of course gets the attention of other guys and makes Jace jealous. It’s a ticking time bomb that won’t disappoint readers.  

Road trip junkies will appreciate Right of Way. It didn’t have to many destinations but had fun awkwardness between Jace and Peyton. Because of the past and present storylines of J&P’s relationship and their POV’s the pace was excellent. The ending was lovely and left me hopeful for a sequel. There are so many more possibilities for the couple and people in their lives.  

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