arc book review: shallow pond

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Shallow PondShallow Pond by Alissa Grosso (publication date: July 2013)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really difficult book to review without giving away spoilers!

From the brief synopsis I read, I initially assumed this would turn out to be a book about witches. I read “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” when I was younger, and for some reason the title “Shallow Pond”, along with the cover, made me assume this was about witches. Three sisters with a mysterious secret? They’re obviously magic. But I was wrong.

So, what is this book about, then? It’s narrated by Barbara (a.k.a. Babie) Bunting- the youngest of the three Bunting sisters. She’s an orphan, being raised by her eldest sister, Annie. The Bunting sisters have always lived in Shallow Pond, and the beginning of the book has Barbara worrying that she will never be able to escape the same fate. Barbara…

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