By Abby McDonald
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763639365, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 10, 2009
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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.
Abby McDonald is a recent graduate of Oxford University. This is her first novel. A former resident of the U.K., she currently lives in Montreal.
"Can’t smart girls embrace frivolity, beauty, and sexuality without guilt?
Can’t they have fun and be serious too? McDonald cleverly answers." — Kirkus Reviews - Starred review