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Shallow Pond

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Sisters uncover an unbelievable family secret

Barbara “Babie” Bunting is constantly mistaken for her sisters, but she’s determined not to end up like her family. She doesn’t plan to stick around Shallow Pond after graduation, and she certainly won’t be ruined by a broken heart. That is, until fellow orphan Zach Faraday walks into the picture, and Babie can’t deny their
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by Flux (first published July 1st 2013)
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Oct 08, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: do-not-finish
If I had more time I would have finished the entire book, but sadly I'm not so free therefore I'm unable to finish this book, so no rating.

As a YA the concept is fresh and it obviously has potential, but both the writing and the characters are bland, plus in the middle of the book I'd already managed to guess at the final plot twist (Yes, I skipped and took a look at the ending part before I returned the book to the library) therefore it doesn't seem to be a big loss for me to stop reading
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mysterious, e-books, arc
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-
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
It is going to be next to impossible for me to talk about this book without any spoilers. But I'll give it a try. I went into this read expecting a contemporary mystery with deep dark family secrets because, well, that's what the blurb says. However, it turned out to be far more complicated and convoluted than I ever imagined. I really wanted to like this one. It has a great premise. Small town girl meets mysterious new boy. Together, they uncover a life-shattering secret. Drama and mystery ...more
'I guess I should have seen it coming. History has a tendency of repeating itself, and the Buntings had already shown themselves pretty much incapable of getting out of Shallow Pond. I don't know why I thought I should be different.'

Shallow Pond is a normal town where nothing ever happens.

Barbara 'Babie' Bunting has lived in Shallow Pond all her life. And the only image of it she finds appealing is that of it getting smaller and smaller as she drives away to college. College means a new
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I received this book from NetGalley.

Barbara Bunting looks just like her two older sisters and is tired of being confused with them. Her main goal in life is to not end up like her sisters. She wants out of Shallow Pond as soon as possible and refuses to let anything stand in her way. Then Zach moves to town and everything changes.
This book was very interesting. I found the first part of the book hard to get through because I had no idea where the author was going with the story and it
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it


If only i could bring myself to explain why i absolutely detest this book, i would, but i cant relive those moments. i cant. Maybe some people would find this book alright but if you wanted something that wasn't something out of a
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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Barbara is the baby of the family. An orphan with two older sisters raising her, she's certain of only one thing: her life is messy...and weird. Shallow Pond is a tiny town - too tiny for Barbara's dreams - and she's counting the days until she can go to college and escape her past and the town's nothingness altogether. But there's something that's holding Barbara and her family in Shallow Pond. There is something darker and more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a hard book to review without spoiling major plot points, but I'll try. For most of this book, I was just not sure at all what I was reading. Was it a mystery? Was it a romance? Why is there so much angst? Why are Barbara's friends so crappy? And then around 60% in, the book took a massive turn into into sci-fi-ville in a plot device that the story never really fully capitalized on. This is a book that I kept reading because I really wanted to know what the catch was -- you can tell for ...more
A Book Vacation
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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This is a very interesting mystery novel in which Babie works to uncover the truth about her parentage while trying to deny her feelings for Zach, a young man drawn to Shallow Pond to find his benefactor. I loved that Babie was a strong female lead for most of the novel, refusing to succumb to her friends’ attempts to fix up her love life and her sister’s inability to leave Shallow Pond. She has set goals for herself to which she
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Good Reads First Read.

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
Katherine Paschal
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Senior Barbara just wants to get out of her small town of Shallow Pond. She does not want to be tied down, especially by a boy, the reason her older sister never left town, only ending up with a broken heart and to raise her younger sisters. When attractive new boy Zack shows up in town, she resists her friends match making, avoiding him at all costs. Meanwhile, her oldest sister Annie's heart-breaker shows back up, only to be interested in wild middle sister Gracie. The strange thing is that ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'll start off by saying that it was absolutely nothing like what I expected. But to be thrown off can sometimes be a good thing. I was definitely not expecting the first half of this book to read like a contemporary novel. The reader is thrown deep into the mind of Barbara, "Babie", your average teenage girl. She is egocentric and full of angst. She is overly dramatic with her desperate need to escape the small town of Shallow Pond. And she is rude and distant to everyone around her. I ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it

Shallow Pond tells the intriguing story of Barbara ‘Babie’ Bunting, just another teen growing up in a dead-end town… or is she? Ever since she was small Barbara has dreamed of escaping Shallow Pond, and whilst her two older sisters never quite managed to get away Barbara is determined not to make the same mistake.

I spent at least the first third of this book wondering what the point of the whole story was going to be, but not necessarily in a bad way. Let me try and explain… Right from the
L.j. Duett
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Starting in my usual vein of things, cover wise this books hits a nice neutral. While I detest the use of model (I'm starting to think of models as the path of least resistance), I also enjoy the natural backdrop.

I found it extremely difficult for me to get into Shallow Pond. I blame my lack of energy and focus on the first part of this book. It seemed very slow. Like a roller coaster just starting (shakily) off towards it's highest point. And by high, I mean very high....hence the agonizingly
Mrs. Kenyon
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
Shallow Pond is a small town and everyone knows everything about everyone, except the Bunting sisters. They are just weird. The rumor at school is that they are a coven or witches! Before you think this is a supernatural book, it is not. Barbara “Babie” Bunting is the youngest of three sisters. Her parents are both dead and she is being raised by her oldest sister, Annie. Barbara cannot wait to graduate and leave Shallow Pond forever. Her sisters stayed behind and she will not make the same ...more
Vanya D.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
NOTE: I received the eARC through Netgalley.

Let me first say that I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this one. The summary made it sound like an interesting story. However, it turned out to be flat and one of those reads I just want to be through with, you know?

I think this would've made a much better futuristic novel if there were more details provided on how those girls ended up being the same. Not just claiming they were clones and that's the end of it. Seriously, the entire
Patricia Keefe
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
cDo you believe there is one special person created just for you?

The Bunting family secrets don't turn out to be what I guesstimated when I read the cover blurp, but Alissa Grosso's characters hooked me right away. This is not another Twilight vampire romance.

Shallow Pond could be any small town USA. I live in a small town, so I understand the drama of everyone knowing all about everyone else. There are few secrets and fewer surprises. But, nothing turns out to be what is "known" as the story
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I received this copy via Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion.

Babie — the MC — is your typical teen in a small, boring town with dreams of getting away and living a bigger, bolder life elsewhere. She has two big sisters that didn't actually get away from town, and one of Babie's biggest fears is ending up like that. But she's got one thing she's sure they didn't: serious determination. And I respect that. I feel like this aspect of the book, anyone can connect with. There's something in your
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Arianna Navarro
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Barbra Bunting is the youngest of the Bunting sisters. Ever since she could remember all Barbara's ever wanted to do was leave the town she was taught to call home, Shallow Pond. But when Zach Faraday shows up Barbra suddenly starts to question everything she's ever known.
Throughout this phenomenal book dark secrets come to light as Barbra becomes more and more curious about not only her past, but the past that was re-written to ultimately become her future as well.
I strongly suggest this
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been an avid MG reader for about four years now, so making the switch to YA can be, at times, difficult. While this book started a little slow, the story held promise and before long I was captivated. I loved every moment of Babie's story, from her turmoil to her innermost longings right down to the daily angst of being a teenager. Babie's secrets would leave most teen girls completely shaken, but despite her often tumultuous feelings, she remains strong. Loved the surprise ending, ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
What started out as your basic contemporary novel where girl finds herself and makes peace with her life quickly switched gears with a twist I really enjoyed. A great book for a discussion about nature vs. nurture and genetics vs. individuality. This was something I didn't expect and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to and Flux Books for allowing me access to this title.
Rachel Morton Nolan
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Wow! I did not see this coming. That is best way to describe Shallow Pond without spoiling it.

It took forever to get to the "Wow!" moment but when I finally got there I couldn't stop. I didn't love the book but found the twist to be something of a shocker.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I couldn't wait to find out all the secrets and hear the answers to all the mysteries surrounding this family. I found it hard to put down. The way the book ended leads me to believe there is the possibility that there might be a sequel, and if so, I will be watching for it.

I received a free copy of this book from FirstReads program.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
What the fuck did I just read? Everything was moving at a normal pace and then-BAM. plot twist. Plot twist. Plot twist. Every reaction was so unrealistic and the epilogue was wrapped up in a perfectly, disturbing sparkly bow. Like what the hell?
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow... a very interesting read. Definitely couldn't guess the ending for this book. Barbara was a bit closed off for my usual emo tastes but I did love the sisters. I loved Grosso's other books and really liked this.... 5 stars but pretty heavy emotions at times.
Mar 27, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
I couldn't finish it now - maybe another time. There are so many sentence fragments and there is one of the longest run on sentences I've ever seen. I think there's a good idea in there but I'm not interested in wading through the flaws to get there right now.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, 2013
Sadly, I had the twist figured out WAY early on (maybe from reading Grosso's debut novel?), but it was still a really good & captivating read.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This book really was mind blowing. Just when you think you understand the Bunting sister's secret- another twist comes up.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a 1.5 star review. And ONLY because the story line was interesting. Everything else, from the writing to the character developments etc, was horrible.
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