Review: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine

September 9, 2013 Book Review, New Adult 13 ★★★

I received this book for free from From Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Two RoadsTwo Roads by L.M. Augustine
Published by Self-pub on August 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: From Author
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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.

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Back in spring, I read L.M. Augustine’s debut novel, Click to Subscribe ( my review), and was excited to read something a little edgier from this author in this New Adult novel!

Cali and Logan hate each other. Well, at least they think they do, or act like it (They couldn’t fool me! I never bought it for a second). But our main character puts up a huge front. She plays the ‘mean girl’ card because it’s easier to pretend than be who she is and deal with the grief of her brother’s death. She has perfected the act of deceit when it comes to herself. Instead of finding a friend to lean on in the boy who was her brother’s best friend, she pushes him away with hate, and he pushes right back.

It honestly took me a little bit to warm up to the main character, Cali, as well as the plot. I was torn on my feelings about the silly games and pranks they played on each other in the beginning. I think the issue for me was that their relationship was based on real emotions of grief and guilt so the pranks seemed so childish to me, given the situation. I can’t imagine two people so close to a tragedy as them being like this towards each other after everything. At the same time, I did like the games and pranks, or some of them at least. They seemed all in good humor and not too malicious (well, except for a time or two it went too far). I just don’t like the circumstances that led these two down this road. I think if this feud of theirs stemmed from something less serious I would have enjoyed it more, or found it more believable. And likewise, if their hatred was based on a tragedy, the games really could have taken on a different tone. The two pieces together felt a little off to me, like they didn’t fit together, if that makes any sense. Maybe I’m rambling.

But something happened when these two were pushed together! When they started to come around, so did I. They bond over poetry and their pranks become more playful and flirtatious. This put a huge smile on my face. The meaning of the title is perfectly clear and I love how it came together for these two. And Logan is as sweet as they come! I loved him from start to finish.

“Because you stole my heart, Cali,” he whispers, running his hand along my cheeks. “You stole my heart and now you won’t let me have yours.”

Overall though, this was another great story from this author and I look forward to more!

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About L.M. Augustine

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. Click To Subscribe is his first novel, but it won’t be his last.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

13 Responses to “Review: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine”

  1. Wendy Darling

    Thanks for your review, Sara. I recently finished the author’s first book, and while I thought it was cute, I definitely had to suspend my disbelief of a number of things plot-wise and relationship-wise, and it sounds like that’s true for this book as well. I really like the author’s narrative voice, so I hope some of the plausible human nature issues, etc get sorted out in future books.

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  2. Sunny

    Ever since I saw your review of Click to Subscribe (and was lusting to read it…but still haven’t), I’ve been wanting to know more of the author so yay that you liked this one! Sorry it took a while to connect with the plot and MC, but I’m glad it picked up. Also, love the quote!

    Great review, Sara 😉
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  3. Aman

    The pranks seem so out of place in this story, I can’t tell if it’s a serious book or just an enjoyable one. Though I’m glad that you were able to connect with the characters later on and had fun reading about them. I think I would rather read Click To Subscribe which I know I would enjoy much better than this one. Lovely review! 🙂
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