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Shallow Pond - Alissa Grosso

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Paperback: 336 pages / Publisher: Flux / Published: 14 Aug 2013 / Language: English

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      05.09.2013 21:32
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      a brilliant book

      Shallow Pond is the home to the Bunting sisters, Babie, Gracie and Annie. Babie is desperate to leave Shallow Pond but that is something no one ever does. Her and her sisters have lived in the area forever and the oldest sister Annie has been caring for them since the death of their mother and father who both died whilst Babie was young.

      Shallow Pond is described as a small town where nothing ever really happens and along with the fact that Babie wants to, but doesn't leave, reminded me a lot of how Gatlin was described in Beautiful Creatures. I was glad that this was the only similarity as I don't like reading the same storyline in different books.

      I enjoyed reading the parts of the book with Babie and Zach as I thought they had an interesting relationship. I especially liked when Babie started to open up as it felt as if she didn't like him in the first place.

      I was intrigued from the first page, to find out what was wrong with Annie but felt it was a long time before anything significant happened.

      Although I enjoyed the book from the start, I found the first half of the book very repetitive. Babie would go to school, ignore Zach, come home to an ill Annie and do the same for days.

      From the middle of the book it really started to get interesting. All the secrets were coming out and I couldn't stop reading. I thought the secret of the sisters was very unique and definately not something I saw coming. If I'd read this before reading the book I don't know whether I would have chosen to read it but surprisingly it didn't feel out of place.

      I was pleased to read the prologue as when I could see there was only a few pages left, I was getting worried all my questions wouldn't be answered. Too many books leave unanswered questions.

      Overall I thought the book was brilliant. The story wasn't moving anywhere and had no obvious place it was heading at the start but the second half of the book was so good that it doesn't matter.


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