Sunday, July 12, 2009

Across the Pond~By Storyheart

Across The Pond opens with Fred, the main character, flying to New York. Fred is spending time with his parent’s friends, because his parents won a trip for two to Australia. On the first full day of Fred’s trip, Brittany, the daughter who is Fred’s age, takes him to the mall to meet her friends: Charlie, Pam, Angel. Angel immediately starts to flirt with Fred, and Brit becomes quite jealous. As Fred and Brit leave the mall, to meet her mom, they run into three boys. The boys begin to mock Brit, by calling her “Pretty Brittany” and just being jerks. One the way home, Julie, Brit’s mom, helps Fred on his school project. He must list British-ism that have different meanings in America. When they arrive home, Brit confides why she doesn’t like the boys. Brit and Fred quickly develop feelings for each other. Julie notices the feelings between the two and she tells Fred not to hurt her daughter. When an email from “your lover” comes into Brit’s mailbox, Fred begins to doubt everything that has happened between himself and Brit. Phil gets tickets to a baseball game, so the family can show Fred “America’s Pastime.” At the game, Fred catches the 500th homerun ball of one of the Atlanta Braves players. Later that ball helps Fred give Brit a gift that is better than money can buy. Parting is such a sweet sorrow for them both because they know come December; they will be seeing each other again.

I hope that Storyheart will write a book about Brittany’s going to spend time with Fred and his family. I think it would be interesting to see how she reacts to driving on the “wrong” side of the road. I would like to read about where Fred’s family takes her.

This was such a sweet read. I couldn’t put it down. I love how there was the difference in languages that at times made both kids wish they could have put their foot in their mouth. If you are looking for a light, clean romance, then I would definitely recommend this book. All around a great read. And I don’t think that you have to be a teen to enjoy this love story. It will appeal to the young at heart.

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