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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Book Review: Across the Pond by Storyheart

Book Review: Across the Pond by Storyheart | Alexia's Books and Such Paperback: 120 pages
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation; 1st edition (September 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1436371767
ISBN-13: 978-1436371766
Rating: 3/5
Source: Bostick email offer from author


Book Blurb
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.

My Review
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.



3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I will know not to get this book for my daughter. Simple, sweet teen love stories make her gag. lol

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  2. Thanks for the review, your right 12/13 were missed by the editer, this has now been fixed in a fresjh release. I agree with you that specially the female characters are a little too "twee" something that has been picked up on by several readers. The next book I am trying to add a little more edge to them. Thank you for review it's feed backs like yours that can only improve the next book.

    Storyheart

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  3. Nice review. I had not heard of this book.

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