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Monday, July 8, 2013

REVIEW: Shallow Pond, by Alissa Grosso

Shallow Pond

Barbara “Babie” Bunting is constantly mistaken for her sisters, but she’s determined not to end up like her family. She doesn’t plan to stick around Shallow Pond after graduation, and she certainly won’t be ruined by a broken heart. That is, until fellow orphan Zach Faraday walks into the picture, and Babie can’t deny their chemistry.

When her oldest sister, Annie, comes down with a mysterious illness—initially dismissed as “love sickness”—Babie and Zach start investigating what exactly killed the girls’ mother and why their late father became so consumed by grief. What they find changes everything.

Really neat premise. I really wasn't expecting the family secret that was delivered. The story line is unique, and really not like anything I've read in the YA realm before. It should attract readers of multiple genres.
The characters, especially the sisters, are so well-defined. A reader can, easily and without much effort, identify emotions and visualize how  a character would appear in different situations (Annie is particularly good for this.).
Relationships are well-defined and have just enough of both the angst of the teenage years, and the more adult connections. The only thing I really felt was improbable was how Babie's interaction with the man she assumed was her father. It was ultimately too neatly wrapped up and put away.
It's really a good story, and left a bit of cliffhanger, making me suspect there's a sequel to come. The writing is approachable, but not too simple or over the average reader's head.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Enter Text Here through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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