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Across the Pond
on May 1, 2012
Being a teenager is a time filled with uncertainties and insecurities making new situations stressful. Those feelings are clearly captured in the young adult story, Across the Pond by Storyheart. Fred is a British 15 year old who has been sent to visit his parents' friends in the US while they take a vacation. Brittany is the friends' daughter. Despite plenty of nerves and a few miscommunications due to differences in language, Brittany and Fred quickly hit it off and their feelings for each other escalate. Brittany's family introduces the American sport of baseball to Fred and he finds it is one more way to connect with Brittany, but he solidifies her trust in him by standing up for her against a bully.
Across the Pond is a quick read with romance, action and drama. The characters are likable and well developed. The author was able to capture the essence of a typical American family as seen through the eyes of a British teenager. Reading this story made me realize that many things we take for granted are unusual even to people we might consider to be like us. The new perspective was refreshing. I did find that the voice of Brittany was sometimes a little unrealistic, but it was not damaging to the story overall. I plan to recommend this book to my 12 year old niece.