Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation; 1st edition (September 25, 2008)
Rating: 3/5Source: Bostick email offer from author
Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English-born Fred is not happy. Then he meets Brittany. Struggling with his feelings for Brit and the language, Fred is further confused when he meets Brit's friend Angel. Escaping from a confrontation with Steve Harris, the neighborhood bully, Brit tells Fred her dark secret about Harris, and Fred's world is turned upside down. Life continues to throw Fred a curveball when he catches a baseball worth a small fortune. Further run-ins with Harris, a crazy family barbecue, and a chase through a mall all add to Fred's American adventure. "Brit and her Brit" know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return to England but not before some final twists in the tale.
This was the first YA book I've come across that I felt was a little too young for my tastes. I think that this book is geared more for pre-teens rather than the usual Young Adult market. That being said, I felt that it was a sweet, charming story.
One of the reasons that I felt the story was intended for a younger audience is that the characters were written with such broad stokes. Brit constantly had tears in her eyes, both of her parents kept laughing so hard that they had tears running down their faces, and there were several stern looks and glares being thrown around. Never really felt that any of the characters were fully realized.
Also hit a little hiccup with chapters twelve and thirteen being different versions of the same thing. Think that Storyheart did a revision that wasn't caught. Oops.
But if you're looking for a simple, sweet teenage love story, I think this would be a good choice. Nothing heavier than some kissing, and Fred lives up his title of Brit's English Knight. Was simply a sweet, charming tale of young love.