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Book Review: Advantage Erin by Kris Kreisman

February 4, 2013

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Advantage Erin by Kris KreismanAdvantage Erin by Kris Kreisman
Published by Self-Published on 22nd August 2012
Pages: 120
Source: Author
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three-half-stars
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 Internet 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.
Since I’ve read the Northwest Passage series by John Heldt, I have fallen in love with time travel books. So when I was contacted with the opportunity to read and review Advantage Erin, I immediately accepted, and was rewarded with a quick and fun read with a trip to the seventies included!

I felt sorry for Erin as I read about her pushy mother. It seemed to me that her mum was trying to relive her high school days through Erin where tennis was concerned, and was determined for Erin to continue where her mother wasn’t able to, thanks to a knee injury. I appreciated that her mother only wanted the best for Erin, but I think she went completely the wrong way about it, as she seemed less like a mother and more like a dictator in Erin’s life. It was nice to see her mother change in the book, although I wish she had been a little more supportive of Erin during the tennis tournament.

Erin’s grandmother was a great character, purely because she accepted Erin for who she was, and didn’t push her into being someone else. I did think she was attempting to teach Erin a lesson though, because Erin did seem to push her mother’s buttons on purpose on occasion. I loved Sonny’s character too, and wish Erin had made more of an effort to be friendlier with him, because he really wasn’t that bad. Who cares if he wasn’t cool? He was a nice guy, and I was a little disappointed to see him change when Erin travelled back to her time.

I enjoyed watching Erin travel back into 1970, especially as she had to get herself out of some sticky situations, particularly when she got caught and had to explain to the principal why the money in  her wallet was printed in a different century to the one they were currently in. Thankfully, her grandmother saved the day once more, saving Erin from more embarrassing mishaps (unfortunately, she calls Woodstock ‘Stockwood’ in her history class, much to the amusement of her classmates), leaving her time to prepare for her tennis match against Catherine, Erin’s mother. I wish we had been able to get a better look at what Erin’s mother was like as a teenager, but as this was a short-story, we weren’t able to do that. I loved reading about the tennis match between Erin and Catherine, it really felt like I was there right alongside them as they played.

Advantage Erin was a fun read with a neat little twist at the end, and I really wish it had been longer so I could have spent more time with all the characters! This one is perfect for fans of time-travel, and I can’t wait to see what Kreisman brings out next.