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…
My Rating: 4/5
Another wonderful book from Ms. Barnholdt! Right of Way was another sweet, light, lovely YA that kept me laughing and smiling.
Before I start, for fans of Two-Way Street, we do see small cameos of Jordan and Courtney. It was very fun to see them as a couple from another person's eyes and see that they are still going strong after the events of Two-Way Street.
Peyton was a difficult character to figure out. At first, she seemed shallow and petty. But, as the book went on, her character deepened and became more likable. She's been dealing with quite a bit of drama and has been trying to escape instead of dealing with them. That was the one part of her character that I didn't like. It made her seem weak to be running away from her issues. But, besides that, she was a lovely character.
Jace was adorable. This boy was such a charmer-he had me by the end of his first chapter (like Lauren's other books, this book is told in alternating perspectives). He was very level-headed in contrast to Peyton's impetuousness, which is why they worked so well together. I can't say anything bad about Jace. He was thoroughly lovable.
Peyton and Jace's relationship was...complicated. They had met months before the events of this book and had stayed in contact. Then, that contact abruptly stopped for a reason that we don't find out until later in the book. But both of them regret the break and want to be together but are too stubborn to admit it. And the road trip offers a perfect place for all that pent up drama to explode. I thought they were a cute couple. The one part of their relationship I didn't like was that I wish the circumstances of their first meeting had been explained earlier on because I think it would have helped me understand the dynamics of their relationship better.
The plot was well paced. It moved steadily and kept me interested the entire time. The promise of secrets revealed kept me hooked and those secrets were worth the wait. The ending was like the endings for Lauren's other books: it tied up the story with a realistic ending that kept it open for interpretation.
Right of Way was a nice, light read that charms. YA or romance lovers, if you're looking for a light, enjoyable read, this is for you.
*Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for a copy!
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