Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Review- Across the Pond

I got Across the Pond by Storyheart last year to review and I just now got around to reading it.

From Amazon:

When almost fifteen-year-old, English born Fred Squire’s parents win a trip to Australia, Fred finds himself packed off to visit family friends in the United States. Even worse, he’s given a boring language project to complete.

But then he meets Brittany.

Fred soon finds himself struggling, not only with his growing feelings for Brit, but also with the language differences. A state confusion, that increases 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 ball worth thousands of dollars at a baseball game. Further angry run-ins with Harris, a crazy family BBQ, and being chased through a Boston mall all add to the thrill of Fred´s American adventure.

A final fight between Fred and Harris, leads Brit to at last reveal her painful secret to her parents.

Brit and her "Brit", know that their young love will be followed by heartache when Fred has to return back "Across the Pond" to England.

However, not before some final twists in the tale.
Yeah, this book just didn't do it for me.  It was way too shallow.  I don't feel that the characters, nor the story was really developed.  And the book was only 118 pages so there was plenty of room to add depth.
Fred and Brit fell in love way too quickly and without really knowing each other.  It was just too weird.  There needed to be more growth.  I didn't care about any of the characters or what was happening.  I don't know.  Without sounding too harsh, it just seemed too amateurish compared to other books out there.
I gave this book a rating of 1.5/5.
This book fulfilled an item in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge:113
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 82
What's In A Name? 3 Challenge: Body of Water
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 79

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by the author for an honest review.

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