Across the Pond by Storyheart
Release Date: Sept. 2008
Fred Squires, a fourteen year old from England, is less than thrilled about being sent to stay with friends in the USA. While his parents are off in Australia he’ll be doing research for a school project about language differences. Of course, his attitude quickly changes when he meets their daughter, Brit. He is instantly attracted to her and before long, a budding romance is forming. As they get closer, Fred learns of a secret that Brit has been hiding for sometime now. Deciding to be her “knight”, Fred aims to get revenge for what was done to her. In a tale full of mishaps and humor, Fred learns a lot of about love and what it really means to be a knight in shining armor.
I was really torn about how to rate this book. On one hand you have a cute, fast-paced story about two teenagers in love. I really enjoyed Fred and thought he had a very honest voice. There were many times I enjoyed his antics and even felt myself go “aww” at his romantic nature. However, there were a couple of things that really distracted me from the overall story. The big one from me was the editing errors. I’m no grammar-nazi by far (even if I was an English major) but story inconsistencies drive me insane. There was one point where an entire conversation/scene was repeated in back to back chapters. I flipped back and forth several times just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy. I also thought that Brit and Fred falling in love went way too fast. I suppose this is very typical of teenage-relationships but I would have liked to see a little more depth to it. Overall, Across the Pond is a very cute story, but I think if it had been edited better and been about 100 pages longer it would have been an excellent story.