Thursday, 17 January 2013

Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman - REVIEW

Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman

Title: Advantage Erin

Series: N/A

Author: Kris Kreisman

Published: 22nd August 2012 by Kris Kreisman

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


Erin's mom is driving her crazy. Especially about tennis. Erin is good and enjoys the game. But it's not her fault she's not the megastar her mom claims to have been when she was Erin's age. If only there was some way to get Mom to understand...
Spring break arrives, which means a visit to Grandma and Mom's old hometown. Grandma is eccentric, but she's also cool and understands Erin's frustrations. And she can help. By taking Erin on a visit to Mom's old high school. Not Mom's school today. But Mom's school as it was in 1970.
Erin experiences the trip of her lifetime. Back in time, where she struggles to fit in with a bunch of kids who never heard of the Internt or laptops or cell phones. Where she meets some very cool kids. And one not so cool kid named Catherine. Now known as Mom. 
Talk turns to tennis, and inevitably the challenge is made and accepted. And they play the tennis match of the century. Erin had repeatedly heard how Mom was undefeated. Now was her time to do something about it. They battle hard until, in unexpected fashion, it's over. But when she returns to the present Erin learns the truth about her Mom. And Mom learns some lessons as well. 
Enjoy Erin's thrill ride, her fun, her excitement, her anxiety. And discover how her trip to the past changed her present.

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My Review

Advantage Erin was by no means a long story, it was short and quick, but that by no means detracted from the quality. This book showed a mother-daughter relationship, and how pushing your child into your shoes can sometimes be the same as pushing your daughter away.

Erin liked to play tennis, Erin's mum liked to win, and if Erin didn't perform up to her mothers ideal she'd get an earful. Her mother was forceful, but she wasn't a bad person and took a trip back in time for Erin to begin to understand her mother.

I used to play tennis and my father is an avid tennis player/watcher so I understood all the terms used in the book and found myself understanding it more than if I didn't know. If you know absolutely nothing about tennis, it doesn't matter, the book's still great! I just felt the knowledge added another layer to the story.

The only really sad thing about the book was Sunny. I loved him, even though we didn't see all that much of him, I thought he was great and I was really hoping Erin would decide it didn't matter about "popularity" and she should be friends (or maybe more) with him. I was sad about the change after Erin came back - I actually quite liked Sunny's name.

This book was a quick, fun read and I enjoyed Erin's journey to the past and her totally awesome grandmother. If you just want a quick book to read (that's not a brainless romance) I would definitely recommend you try this book.

3.5/5 Whales

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