Tuesday, December 25, 2012

REVIEW: Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman

Title: Advantage Erin
Series: none
Author: Kris Kreisman
Published Date: Aug 22, 2012
Publisher: unknown
Format: ebook
Pages: 140
Copy provided by: author
Genre: sci-fi YA
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Goodreads synopsis: 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.

Review: I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
This book was just okay for me. I liked Erin, and as I look at my own daughters, really hope that I never become as overbearing as Erin's mother was to her. 
It was interesting to see how the trip back helped Erin become more understanding of her mother, and showed how one person's actions or words can truly have a ripple effect down through the years. I was constantly questioning though, why was the whole idea behind her mother's knee injury even told in such detail if it never occurred in the story while Erin was back in 1970. I kept expecting it at every turn, especially during the match-up. 
The ending was most likely the best part for me. I really enjoyed it and it left the story with a sense of deja vu. 

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