Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763647742, 297pp.
Publication Date: February 9, 2010
Now in paperback! An uptight Brit and a hard-partying American swap lives in the smartest comedy of the season.
Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and "The Hot-Tub Incident," and you’ve got two thoroughly 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. With an anthropologist’s eye for detail and a true ear for teen-speak, Abby McDonald crafts a funny, fast-paced, poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves.
"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