It's 1970, and Erin and Catherine play a tennis match. Catherine, the school's star player, and Erin, the new girl. They fight hard for every point, as if something more than tennis supremacy is at stake. And maybe it is. For Erin didn't just arrive from another town; she also came from another time. The present. And Catherine isn't only a star tennis player. She's also Erin's mom.
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*I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review. Advantage Erin was not 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.
I'm gonna start by saying I loved this book. I'm usually a paranormal reader, but I really wanted to try something different!I think that Advantage Erin is a great story for any teenager who has trouble relating to their parents. Erin and her mom have a tough relationship. All her mom wants is what's best for her, but that's not how Erin sees it. Erin thinks that her mom is overbearing and has pushed her far too hard for "perfection". When it comes to sports, Parents tend to be maybe a little harsh on their children to be the best they can be. I know, I've seen this come full circle. When I was a kid, my dad was my soccer coach, and my goodness did he annoy me sometimes. I felt like I never got a break from practice. Well... Having a son, I know first hand what it's like to want the best of everything for your child. So I can understand both sides to this story. Erin and her mom can't seem to come to any sort of equal grounds, especially when it comes to Tennis. When her best friend and her get invited by THE hottest guy in school, to a movie... there's nothing she wants more. Starting spring break by taking a visit to her Grandmothers, Erin has a huge surprise in store for her. Erin and her grandmother take a trip to the high school that her mom went to when she was a kid. Erin is thrown in the past, to when her mother went to school. She searches out her mother while in the past and challenges her to the tennis match of their lives. Advantage Erin is extraordinary and well versed. The characters are loveable and easy to relate to. The ending of this story leaves you wondering what comes next. A little irony thrown in the mix gives the ending a kind of twist that will put a smile on your face. Life always comes full circle, and that message is very well played out through this novel.