Across the Pond
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
A 15 year old boy Fred from England comes to America for his vacation. He stays with a family that is friends with his father. The family he stays with has a daughter Brittany. The two of them eventually become a couple. Brittany and her friends have been mistreated by another boy Harris. Fred meets him at a park to have a fight. The parents come to end the fight. Harris is sent to boot camp by his parents. During his stay Fred had a notebook to write down the differences that exist between America and England English. This was for his school project. He even attends a baseball game. Fall in love during vacation. A nice story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2012
I liked this book a lot - it's the story of a boy from the UK who meets a girl from the US while he's here on vacation. They have problems typical of young teenage relationships, and explore their different cultures and their relationship. It's a very light story, fun to read and I found nothing really objectionable for young readers at all. Very good book, especially for young teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
"Across the Pond" is a lovely story about young love between a young British boy and a young American girl. Fred has come to the US on his summer holiday and falls for the daughter of the family he is staying with. As the two become involved in their first love they also encounter other first's especially Fred who has a lot to learn about Americans and our culture.
Great read for young adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
A great, easy, fun read. Great book for a young adult/teenager. Classic 'puppy love' story. I found the book refreshing - could definitely see it as a movie someday. Love the clean, pure-hearted nature of the story. Great book for a rainy day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
This is the story of a boy from the UK named Fred, and his vacation to the US - where he meets Brit, the daughter of the family that his family is staying with. They explore the language and culture differences between the US and UK, and deal with typical teenage issues (homework, bullies, and first love). Overall, this is a cute, wholesome piece of young adult fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
I found this book to be a very refreshing young adult story. It is an honest portrayal of a young first love and proves that chivalry is not dead. Fred is a young man who travels to the U.S.A. from England to stay with family friends Phil, his wife Julie, and their daughter Brit. Fred and Brit connect immediately even though there is somewhat of a language barrier for them. It is love at first sight. When Brit confides in Fred with a secret that she has been harboring the troubles begin. Fred proves to be Brit's English knight when he confronts the bullies that are harassing her. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more adventures about Fred and Brit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
This book was written for young adults. Enjoyable for any age to read. Fred - a boy from England sent on vacation to visit friends of his parent also meets their daughter "Brit" and they become, well, almost a "couple" you will have to read to figure that out. Fred has to learn the American way since this is his first time. Fred learns the differences in vocabulary. Fred and Brit both struggle with the common teenage growing pains. Bullies!! Fred and Brit together figure life's lessons out, fighting for what is right in their minds. This is such a light hearted book, I just can not say anything bad about it. It is a refreshing story!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
With his parents winning a trip to Australia, their dream vacation unfortunately does not include a ticket for their teenage boy, who, when given a choice between the USA and Scotland with grandparents, elects to visit the USA. Besides the obvious language differences, which are wonderfully described in the book, this book presents an interesting look at American culture and lifestyle through the eyes of a teenage boy from across the pond. Shipped off the Phil's place, a friend of his parents, Fred, our teenage hero, soon encounters Brit, a teenage girl, and together with the foreign culture, his relationship with Brit is not necessarily easy either. Together they experience baseball (who would have thought that Chipper Evans could remind someone of fish and chips and Wales) and malls and American appetite. The book is divided into easy to read chapters that nicely flow and provide entertaining reading material for teenagers, but also for their parents. As a European expatriate in the USA, I can sympathize with Fred and his difficulties with US language, but also trying to grasp baseball, the American past-time.
This is a book for the whole family and a really interesting read for a high-school or college student about to start study abroad since it will provide some insights as to how that student will feel when being exposed to a new culture. Sometimes lost, sometimes scared, but always interesting and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
When Fred Squire goes on his first trip to the U.S., he thinks he knows what to expect because he's watched American T.V. Instead he's surprised at every turn by differences in language, culture & even food. He's even more surprised to fall in love with Brit, an American girl.

Fred finds he likes blueberries. He learns how to catch a baseball. Brit & Fred discover that trusting each other gives them the courage to stand up to a local bully. They learn to follow their hearts.

I enjoyed this young adult novel. It's moving, funny & at times suspenseful. The characters were engaging, & made me interested in reading the author's other work.
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