Review: Two Roads by L.M. Augustine


Two Roads

By L.M. Augustine

Self-published on August 26, 2013

Date Read: September 4, 2013

Stand Alone

Book Rating 4 stars

Thoughts on the Cover:  The cover stands out. When clicking through books in the Amazon store,  I immediately noticed it.  I like the color scheme and the background, my only problem is the cover models just don’t do it for me.  The male needs a haircut pronto and neither character really fits their description.   Cover designer: Emily Tippets   <—– CHECK OUT HER PAGE, SHE HAS TONS OF GREAT COVERS TO STARE AT!

This book is full of cheesiness and humor that will bring out the inner nerd in you.  If you have not been introduced to L.M. Augustine’s witty writing style, you are missing out!   This is L.M. Augustine’s second book and I liked it just as much as his debut novel, Click to Subscribe.   Whereas, Click to Subscribe is Young Adult, Two Roads is a New Adult novel.

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of cheesy reads, but I’ve decided that there are two types of cheesy… (1) the kind that makes you cringe and (2) the kind that makes you grin.  This is most definitely the type of cheesy that has you grinning until your cheeks hurt.   But don’t let the humor and cutesiness fool you, this book tackles some dark issues.

Our main two characters in this read are Cali and Logan.  Cali had an older brother who died and Logan was his best friend.  There is some mystery around his death and Cali expresses guilt over his untimely departure, as well as blame towards Logan.  Logan and Cali haven’t seen each other in 4 years since the death of her brother until he shows up at her college.  Cali quickly discovers that taking her anger out on Logan and pulling pranks on him helps her to work through her grief and heals her heart a little with every jab… and from that their war against one another begins.  Their prank wars, although sometimes a little too elaborate to be believable are pretty funny and entertaining.

Early on it’s obvious that behind all the nastiness and pranks there is a mutual affection.  It isn’t until the two discover they both share a secret love for poetry that they begin to really look at each other different.  I loved their relationship and it was really heart-warming to watch it grow and watch the two of them work through their issues related to Ben’s death.

I’m not one to really seek out poetry, but I will say the poetry is fantastic.  I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t more rhyming though (kidding) 🙂 .  This book is very quote worthy… and sorry I can’t share any with you at this time lol!  (I read this book on my phone instead of my kindle and although I can highlight, I can’t figure out how to bring all my highlights up, but as soon as I figure it out I will add them.)

Overall, this is a must read if you are looking for a light-hearted read with dark undertones that is laugh out loud funny.  <——— None of that really sounds like it goes together, right?  But trust me, when I say it works!




 About the Author (via Goodreads):

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.

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