Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

Synopsis from

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.

Sophomore Switch was a lot of fun to read. I think it would be really exciting to be a foreign exchange student so this novel was particularly interesting to me. Emily and Natasha were realistic characters and most everyone will be able to relate to one of them. I really liked the feministic movement that one of the girls became involved in later in the novel. (Hope that wasn't too spoilerish) It had just the right blend of girl power and boy craziness. I thought it was very well-written. I'm looking forward to more from Abby McDonald. I recommend this book if foreign exchange, feminism, or film college majors appeal to you. Fans of general chick lit will also enjoy this novel. Sophomore Switch is being released on March 10, 2009 so be on the lookout for it next month!

5 out of 5 stars


  1. This definitely sounds like a very intriguing book! I'll definitely have to check it out sometime :)

  2. I loved being an exchange student so much I did it three more times :)

  3. Nice review. I wish that the arc came with that cute cover.

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the review :)

  5. Sounds like a good one!
    I really want to be an exchange student. That would be a ton of fun!