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Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

May 29th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as “The Hot-Tub Incident,” and you’ve got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad. For American party girl Tasha, an escape to Oxford may be a chance to ditch her fame as a tabloid temptress, but wading Uggs-deep in feminist theory is not her idea of a break. Meanwhile, the British half of the exchange, studious Emily, nurses an aching heart amid the bikinis and beer pong of U.C. Santa Barbara. Soon desperation has the girls texting each other tips — on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. With an anthropologist’s eye for detail and a true ear for teen-speak, exciting new novelist Abby McDonald has crafted a funny, fast-paced, poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves.

This was such a cute book and the perfect change I needed after reading Bad Girls Don’t Die.  At first it sounds like your typical story that two exchange students are sent to places totally unsuitable for them and they end up finding themselves and fitting in better than they thought.  What makes this rise above and become such a fun book are Emily and Tasha.  Both girls are wonderful characters who the reader will come to love.  Tasha, while starting off as the typical bubbly but somewhat superficial Californian, finds that she can show others that she’s smart without being labeled boring and she is stronger than she thought and can rise above the scandal of the hot tub incident.  I especially loved her character because of her actions in the end of the book which was totally unexpected.  Emily’s transformation is a little more predictable but I still loved seeing her relationship with Ryan grow and realize she doesn’t always have to stick to the path in life everyone expects of her.

If you are looking for a quick, fun read this is definitely a book to pick up.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Belle

    This one sounds good – I love quick and fun reads, especially when the characters are likeable!

  2. dsuzuki

    Yup, I expected to dislike Tasha but she was actually pretty funny.

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