Friday, April 24, 2009
Across the Pond - Storyheart
Finding himself packed off to friends in the USA, fifteen-year-old English born Fred Squire 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 flirtatious 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 BBQ, 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.
Plot: I thought the plot was good. I think it could've been executed in a better way than it was, but there was still a good storyline there. I thought that there were too many events that happened in too little time, and that things could've been spaced out a little bit more than they were. Also, I think that there were too many happy coincidences that happened in this book. Nothing ever really seemed to go wrong for Fred or Brit, and I would've liked to see that happen a little more.
Characters: The characters were written nicely. I got a feel for all the characters and their personalities right at the beginning of the story or right when they were introduced.
Wow Factor: I wasn't really wowed by this book. I thought it was kind of average, and that some things could have been written better than they were. If you're looking for a really short, kind of cliche book, then Across the Pond is the right book for you.