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[Book Review] Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

[Book Review] Two Roads by L.M. AugustineTwo Roads on August 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 246
Format: eBook
Source: Own copy
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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. GOSH. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this book spoke to me. Filled with poems and all kinds of poetic geekiness, I absolutely loved it to bits. (and finished it in like a day or so)

“Knowing how way leads on to wayI doubted if I should ever come back..Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”- Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.”

So basically, I can feel how much this book is inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”… and it is absolutely cohesive in its theme all throughout. From the start until the end, I appreciate the consistency (no not the food kind of consistency) , as in the novel is consistent with its story, plot, climax, flow, etc. I loved “Click to Subscribe” when I read it back in May for a blog tour, and again, L.M. Augustine made another awesome feel good book in “Two Roads”.

“Two Roads” is about two people, namely Logan and Cali, whose lives were affected (greatly) by a death of a common loved one. The lives they led after that certain death is kind of blurry and directionless. And now, three and a half years without seeing each other, they are sworn enemies. Pulling pranks and badmouthing each other is just an everyday occurrence for the both of them for the past 6 months, enter the story.

What exactly did I love about Two Roads? Other than the cool prank ideas, sarcastic conversations, heated arguments, dark mysterious past, crappy relationships to parents, geeky Logan t-shirts (which are cool in a nerd kind of way), fake lead lives, original poems & poems by famous poets, poets convention, certifiable quotable quotes, made-up words, and all things geeky? In the heart of all that is the message that struck thru me like a fast bullet.

“But the point is, after all those years, the one person I really wanted was right there in front of me the whole time. And that’s the thing about love: no matter how hard you search, no matter how fast you run, sometimes, just sometimes, true love is right in front of you all along.” (page 150)
and another

“I guess sometimes in life,the things you need mostcan be right in front of you the wholegoddamn time.”

I really don’t want to be sappy nor snotty right now, but I guess I needed the reminder that sometimes, we tend to look for things, look for love, look for contentment in other places, where all along that contentment, that fulfillment has always been there…here. It might be the same for everyone, but as I am writing this, I know what it is for me. And I just wanna cry because of this realization. Kind of makes me want to facepalm myself many times.

Anyway, in a way I wanna thank LM Augustine for creating such a lovefelt novel (not heartfelt, lovefelt,haha) that I hope many will read and be inspired like me. And I love being part of the Cake Ninjas street team!

5 Stars

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Hi there! My name is Jenna. I write and speak to encourage and empower women, equality, freedom, sustainability, and the plant-based lifestyle. For the Kingdom of Jesus. <3

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