Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Shallow Pond

Shallow Pond
Shallow Pond by Alissa Grosso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shallow Pond is a small town and everyone knows everything about everyone, except the Bunting sisters. They are just weird. The rumor at school is that they are a coven or witches! Before you think this is a supernatural book, it is not. Barbara “Babie” Bunting is the youngest of three sisters. Her parents are both dead and she is being raised by her oldest sister, Annie. Barbara cannot wait to graduate and leave Shallow Pond forever. Her sisters stayed behind and she will not make the same mistake. Babie’s plans to leave start slipping through her fingers when Zach Faraday moves into town. He also is an orphan and no one can deny they have chemistry.

Annie has been sick off and on since winter break but when the girls finally convince her to go to the hospital, she insists on visiting a doctor friend of their father. Babie starts questioning everything: Why is Annie still sick? What killed her mother? Why did Annie and her high school sweetheart breakup. After Babie begins to connect the dots, she realizes her life is crazier than she ever imagined. Shallow Pond is a captivating read that throws questions and possibilities at the reader throughout. Readers will find themselves shaking their proverbial head at some of the character’s actions. I enjoyed the book and did not realize where Grosso was going with the story until it slapped me upside the head. I believe any reader who enjoys books about teen issues will not be disappointed with this book.

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