Sophomore Switch

Abby’s fast-paced, funny debut for teens. Out now in paperback!

Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and “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 of UC 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.

(Published in the UK as Life Swap.)

ALAN Pick 2009; TAYSHA list award; Kirkus starred review

“This riveting tale of two sophomore girls will have readers laughing, guessing, cringing, and unable to turn the pages fast enough.” - Sacramento Book Review

“Important questions emerge from this frothy novel: Can’t smart girls embrace frivolity, beauty and sexuality without guilt? Can’t they have fun and be serious too? McDonald cleverly answers. Her ostensibly simple, bubble-gum debut is actually chock-full of substance.” - Kirkus starred review

“Empowering, engaging, and often humorous, this story is about two very different young women who swap places and discover great potential within themselves.” – Journal Enquirer

“Challenges standard definitions of feminism…the characters’ strong personalities and the book’s easy sense of humor will keep readers entertained.”  - Publisher’s Weekly

“McDonald’s debut is more sober than it sounds, and you can almost feel her copious talents bursting at the seams…intelligent writing and interesting takes on feminism.” – Booklist

“This is a quick, enjoyable read about how finding oneself often requires leaving behind everything familiar and embracing the unfamiliar… McDonald does an excellent job of presenting these lessons in a humorous and entertaining manner.” – School Library Journal

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