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.




YA Book Realm said...

Oh I definitely like your new style of reviewing! Really helpful where something went wrong in the book or fabulously fabulous. =)

Oh and about the plot, I totallly know what you mean, I hate when something just works out perfectly allll the time.

Storyheart said...

Thanks for the review, yes there is not enough ups and downs and the girls characters are perhaps all much the same. I'm trying to bring more variance in characters the second book.

In "Across the Pond and Back Again" (next book) I hope that learning from such reviews will make it a better book.
Thanks for the honesty and the review.


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Hmm, this sounds interseting. Characters always move from England to the US. I want some Americans to move to England in books!

Storyheart said...

Sophie next book will have Brit traveling to England... So your wish is my command *grin

KD said...

Love the new style of review thingy! very... orderly and WONDERFUL

Good review. Im sad that it wasn't all that great and Oh so Wonderful. :(