Sophomore Switch

Sophomore Switch❰PDF❯ ✅ Sophomore Switch Author Abby McDonald – Heartforum.co.uk Reeling from the aftershocks of what will heretofore be known as The Hot Tub Incident, American party girl Tasha jumps at the chance to spend a semester abroad at tweedy Oxford University banking on t Reeling from the aftershocks of what will heretofore be known as The Hot Tub Incident, American party girl Tasha jumps at the chance to spend a semester abroad at tweedy Oxford University banking on the fact that the tabloid stories about her won t have made their way across the Pond But is wading Uggs deep in feminist theory really so much better than living down the stares and snickers stateside Meanwhile, studious control freak Emily disappoints her snooty British family by throwing herself into film classes not to mention bikinis and beer pong at UC Santa Barbara Her English accent gets her plenty of male attention, but not all of it welcome especially the frustrating confrontations with a fellow classmateTwenty four year old debut novelist Abby McDonald has crafted a funny, fast paced, and poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves.

Author of several YA and adult novels, including DANGEROUS GIRLS and DANGEROUS BOYS written as Abigail Haas.

Sophomore Switch eBook Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 297 pages
  • Sophomore Switch
  • Abby McDonald
  • English
  • 02 April 2017
  • 0763639362

10 thoughts on “Sophomore Switch

  1. Blue says:

    The beginning was fun despite the unrealistic premise I know from looking into exchange programs at my university that these things are typically arranged a year or so in advance , the middle was shaky and the end was a haphazard mess That pretty much sums up Sopho Switch in a nutshell.I ll admit it, I didn t have very high expectations of this book it sounded like the same old rehashed plot line that we ve seen a dozen times over on the YA scene Despite this I picked it up anyway beca The beginning was fun despite the unrealistic premise I know from looking into exchange programs at my university that these things are typically arranged a year or so in advance , the middle was shaky and the end was a haphazard mess That pretty much sums up Sopho Switch in a nutshell.I ll admit it, I didn t have very high expectations of this book it sounded like the same old rehashed plot line that we ve seen a dozen times over on the YA scene Despite this I picked it up anyway because I ll read almost anything I just can t seem to be selective about what books are worth reading I always seem to be drawn to books which feature young people coping in or not and experiencing exotic locations This was why I was surprised that the first several chapters of the book seemed to fly by I found them to be engaging What doubly surprised me was that even though McDonald had definitely categorized the girls into stereotypes, Tasha and Emily both come across as fairly well fleshed out characters McDonald definitely manages to walk on the right side of the character trait stereotype line.My attention towards the story started to flag after I reached the mid point I feel as though McDonald lost her sense of the book s pulse at this point everything just seems to drag out a littlethan it needs to and there seems to be a lot of filler which could have been removed I still powered on in reading the novel because I hoped she d pick up her pacing but, sadly, while there were a few times when she seemed to get back in sync, the rest of the novel remained pretty lack lustre and predictable.The end of the book ugh, it just made me want to pull my hair out Some books are a book with a message books which focus on telling a story but happen to have a message woven into the narrative but other books can be the farodious A Book With A Message books which disregard plot in favour of preaching the author s opinions Take a guess as to which one Sopho Switch is Hint view spoiler it s A Book With A Message hide spoiler Honestly, it feels like McDonald was no longer content to be the wo man behind the curtain and instead had to come to the foreground, eager to beat her audience over the head with her message about feminism It s only at the last moment that she realizes that this is a piece of fiction, not an essay of her personal views To continue the Wizard of Oz metaphor, it s the equivalent of the man who plays Tinman breaking away from the journey to the Emerald City in order to show the viewers that slavery is wrong by starting a movement to free the flying monkeys I don t agree with the way she s portrayed the majority of feminists as sexless and uptight but that issue is secondary to her complete lack of subtlety in conveying her view Any author worth their weight in gold should treat their audience as though they ve got a brain and are capable of using it

  2. Nancy says:

    The beginning was practically perfect No lie, either The sophisticated writing style pulled me in quickly, and the characters were quite relatable and sounded just like any normal being that I might be friends with I particularly liked the storyline after all, I love the study abroad program and hope to participate once I m in college since the S.A.S.S series, which was about foreign exchange students and therefore practically the same, really sucked I mean, there were a few mediocre boo The beginning was practically perfect No lie, either The sophisticated writing style pulled me in quickly, and the characters were quite relatable and sounded just like any normal being that I might be friends with I particularly liked the storyline after all, I love the study abroad program and hope to participate once I m in college since the S.A.S.S series, which was about foreign exchange students and therefore practically the same, really sucked I mean, there were a few mediocre books in the series, but I never found one that really interested me Those characters were usually stereotypical, cliched, bland, or escaping from some movie esque scenario Most of the time, I found myself just salivating over the mentions of exotic food, and that was the highlight of the novel already So I was really eager about this book, especially since the setting focused on Oxford Oxford Imagine that So it seemed right that these characters would be smart and determined, exactly how I like my protagonists Because of the great start to the novel, I was quickly fascinated by the author So imagine my surprise to read that Abby McDonald was a graduate of Oxford University And that she s only twenty four years old Clearly, this is good writing, and I was fortunate to find something amazing, finally BUT, and yes, there s that dreaded but BUT, the strong beginning quickly turned into an mediocre middle, and then a clump of disaster at the end The dialogue became awkward, silly, and too fake Half the time, I would pause just to think, Seriously Would I say something like that if I was in that situation And 99% of the time, the answer to my question was a solid NO The ending seemed rushed and choppy The characters lacked a steady road of development and the so called unexpected twists were fairly expected The only part I really liked at the end was that everything came crashing down on Tasha and it wasn t resolved Because that s realistic I mean, not everything in your life gets solved so easily Most of the time, the problem s still there it s just about how you choose to handle it, is all So no, I didn t hate the book But after realizing that this was the work of an Oxford graduate, I just expectedWell, naturally, not everyone from Oxford is destined to be the next Fitzgerald and whatnot, but my expectations just weren t answered

  3. Brittany Durrant says:

    I really enjoyed this book a lot I thought Sopho Switch was a great book This book is about two girls, Tasha and Emily Tasha goes to school in Santa Barbra, California, and Emily goes to Harvard in England, then Tasha got famous by having a video being posted for the world to see Tasha decides she wants to go to Harvard because everyone kept teasing her in California and she was sick of it so after she made a bunch of calls they finally accepted her because there was an opening Emil I really enjoyed this book a lot I thought Sopho Switch was a great book This book is about two girls, Tasha and Emily Tasha goes to school in Santa Barbra, California, and Emily goes to Harvard in England, then Tasha got famous by having a video being posted for the world to see Tasha decides she wants to go to Harvard because everyone kept teasing her in California and she was sick of it so after she made a bunch of calls they finally accepted her because there was an opening Emily wanted to get away from her ex boyfriend Sebastian, and she wanted a new start, so she went to California Since both girls wanted to switch in the middle of the term, they each had to have each other s classes for the term, and once the term was up, they could leave Little did they know they would become two very different people This book has two point of view Tasha, and Emily Tasha lives in California, and she loves to party and have a good time Emily lives in England, and she is all about studying and planning Sopho Switch takes place in mostly California and England, but towards the end of this book it takes place in Florida The time is second semester in winter I would recommend this book to anyone in high school because it is fun and easy to read.The theme in Sopho Switch is to not be afraid to change Both Emily and Tasha show this throughout the book

  4. Aura says:

    This book is everything I want out of contemporary YA The two main characters have their own individual voices and it is a pleasure to watch them learn how to deal with their problems as burgeoning adults I liked them so much I was always a bit torn when POV would switch before getting caught up again As a personal bugaboo I also heartily appreciate that the slang was realistic rather than being an adult caricature of what the kids sound like these days Best of all the plot flows naturally This book is everything I want out of contemporary YA The two main characters have their own individual voices and it is a pleasure to watch them learn how to deal with their problems as burgeoning adults I liked them so much I was always a bit torn when POV would switch before getting caught up again As a personal bugaboo I also heartily appreciate that the slang was realistic rather than being an adult caricature of what the kids sound like these days Best of all the plot flows naturally from the characters actions and moves along very smoothly There are no dumb character actions decisions that only happen because the author needs to move the plot along There is a lot of interesting information about Oxford and film making that give a flavour of realism to the book without overshadowing the action I enjoyed this book immensely and am happily looking forward to readingby this author

  5. Katie says:

    I liked this It s one of those books set in college before new adult became a THING Both girls were a little judgmental to begin with, like 19 years olds are, but grew a lot And, for the most part, it was a dual narration where I felt like each story had enough weight.

  6. Danielle says:

    For Emily, leaving Oxford for a fresh start away from her recent ex is just what she was looking for Unfortunately, she never imagined that her late decision would land her at the ever so popular party school U.C Santa Barbra, switching places with the now tragically famous Tasha Natasha is also looking for a clean slate, but for entirely different reasons Her recent staring role in a hidden camera tv reality show has left her permanently scared and all she can think about is getting far a For Emily, leaving Oxford for a fresh start away from her recent ex is just what she was looking for Unfortunately, she never imagined that her late decision would land her at the ever so popular party school U.C Santa Barbra, switching places with the now tragically famous Tasha Natasha is also looking for a clean slate, but for entirely different reasons Her recent staring role in a hidden camera tv reality show has left her permanently scared and all she can think about is getting far away from the party scene that has become her life But to Oxford Both girls are left to discover just who they are and what they want, in a strange land with absolutely no idea how to overcome their very different pasts.I ve been wanting to read Abby McDonald s books for a very long time now, but unfortunately for me they re hard to come by in the US Most are young adult novels, which I do like as well, but her adult Chick Lit is mostly still only in the UK until next year So, when I was approached about the opportunity to review Sopho Switch, a recent paperback release here in the US, I jumped at the chance And oh my, I am so happy I did Abby McDonald s writing is fantastic, with a compelling and completely fun story.First of all I have to say I absolutely adored both Emily and Natasha The story is told in alternating voices between the two and explores their personalities and transformations McDonald did a fantastic job of creating two individual characters Emily, the pretentious British girl with very high standards and expectations and Natasha, the American girl with an aptitude for partying into the wee hours of the morning and no real direction They both start out as completely different people, but by the end realize that they both have something to offer if they can just find a happy medium.About half way through the book the two decide the only way to get through their individual battles is to connect with each other and strategize a plan This is brilliant The emails back and forth, chat sessions, and occasional phone calls are hilarious It adds a completely different dynamic to the story and I loved it It s also from this point on that they both start to explore their respective love interests, which was also incredibly endearing.As this was my first dip into the world of Abby McDonald I can honestly say it will not be the last Both Emily and Natasha, as well as the external characters were incredible, believable down to the slang and interactions with the other characters The setting was also extremely believable, being that I live very near U.C Santa Barbara, I absolutely believed everything she created in the story surrounding it Sopho Switch is a story about finding yourself and become the person you truly want to be Emily and Natasha are still two completely different individuals, but their collective efforts make this book an entirely enjoyable and fun read I d recommend it to nearly everyone who loves a great book

  7. Chrissy says:

    If I could describe SOPHOMORE SWITCH in just one word, it would surely be ADORABLE But, I m never that brief, so of course I ll be rambling way beyond that one word, you know This is basically the story of two girls from completely different lifestyles who end up swapping schools for a semester for a study abroad program Emily, an uptight perfectionist with a detailed five year plan for every aspect of her life, studies politics at Oxford Natasha, a California blonde with a love for shoppin If I could describe SOPHOMORE SWITCH in just one word, it would surely be ADORABLE But, I m never that brief, so of course I ll be rambling way beyond that one word, you know This is basically the story of two girls from completely different lifestyles who end up swapping schools for a semester for a study abroad program Emily, an uptight perfectionist with a detailed five year plan for every aspect of her life, studies politics at Oxford Natasha, a California blonde with a love for shopping and parties, studies film at a lesser known school in town Emily wants to escape the memories of a terrible breakup while Natasha is desperate to run away from a tabloid scandal involving herself, a hot tub, and a reality star who swore he was single at the time While everyone thinks that Emily doesn t know how to have fun, everyone perceives Natasha as an easy bimbo and neither girl is particularly happy with their current social rankings.Emily has a hard time adapting to California, since her pale complexion and preppy outfits are a stark contrast to the tanned, blondes in mini skirts that constantly surround her She knows nothing about film and is disappointed at the lack of academic rigor that she is experiencing in her new school She falls hard, though, for a cute boy only to learn that he s the boyfriend of her current roommate Oops As Emily dyes her hair, swaps her wardrobe, and attempts to teach herself to live life on a longer leash, she wonders if she s really just wasting her time Can a control freak ever really let ago On the flipside, Natasha is bogged down in classes that really don t interest her at all Nobody takes her seriously, and she s constantly worried that someone will recognize her from the scandalous videos that leaked her celebrity indiscretions But, Natasha is determined to find her niche and prove to herself and her new classmates that she sthan a pretty face A party girl can change her ways and take a stand in a serious school Right Soon, the girls begin an email correspondence where they give one another tips to better acclimating to their new environments But, when the switch is up, someone isn t quite ready to go homeI really did love this book It was cute, funny, adorable, and tons of fun I really enjoyed how the chapters alternated perspectives between Emily and Natasha, and I think the author did a great job making the characters feel believable and relatable I especially found myself identifying with Emily in her struggles to really just learn to relax and take in life around her I mean, who can t relate to that at some point or another I would definitely recommend this novel to fans of chick lit or probably to anyone who enjoys a light hearted look at self discovery I m glad I stumbled across this e book at my local library, and I definitely look forward to checking out stories from this author in the future

  8. Kiley Akey says:

    Sopho Switch was a very interesting book, but I could guess what was going to happen very easily In the beginning of the book there were two girls who switched colleges One of the girls was from England and the other girl was from California The girl from England was named Emily and she was super smart, attended Harvard University for her first few years of college, and was very innocent She decided to go to the University of California because she broke up with her boyfriend and needed Sopho Switch was a very interesting book, but I could guess what was going to happen very easily In the beginning of the book there were two girls who switched colleges One of the girls was from England and the other girl was from California The girl from England was named Emily and she was super smart, attended Harvard University for her first few years of college, and was very innocent She decided to go to the University of California because she broke up with her boyfriend and needed to get away from him Her parents did not like that she decided to leave Harvard and go to Tasha s easy classes Tasha was going to the University of California to become a movie producer Tasha enjoyed partying and jumping around from guy to guy She decided to leave California because she slept with a celebrity It became a huge deal because he already had a girlfriend so Tasha s face showed up everywhere from magazines to the internet She wanted to get away from all the drama In the end they both change so they don t just have one personality Emily learns to let loose a little and have fun She also ends up getting a boyfriend and staying in California Tasha ends up becomingmodest and not such a partier I really enjoy how they supported each other and helped each other through e mail so they could fit in better They become best friends in the end I would recommend this book to teenage girls because it can help show you the different sides of how you want to be at college I would recommend it to girls because they talk about girl stuff in here They talk about boys, girl problems, and much .I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would I thought I was going to be interested in the different perspectives of this book but it was kind of girly for me I prefer romantic action booksthan just romance books This isn t the worst book I ve read but definitely not the best If you love reading teenage romance books, this is the perfect book for you

  9. Sam Tenney says:

    I did not really enjoy this book at all It was very bland, and I felt like many unimportant scenes were dragged out forever, and that that was unneeded I would not recommend this book to any impatient readers like myself who enjoy being put right into a story The first 5 chapters were just setup for the rest of the book A good thing though is that there was some realistic components to this story, but I was unable to connect the parts I read to any common themes Overall, not my favourite bo I did not really enjoy this book at all It was very bland, and I felt like many unimportant scenes were dragged out forever, and that that was unneeded I would not recommend this book to any impatient readers like myself who enjoy being put right into a story The first 5 chapters were just setup for the rest of the book A good thing though is that there was some realistic components to this story, but I was unable to connect the parts I read to any common themes Overall, not my favourite book

  10. BethLee says:

    Soph Switch was a cute novel by Abby McDonald.Summary from Goodreads Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as The Hot Tub Incident, and you ve got two unprepared sophos 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 he Soph Switch was a cute novel by Abby McDonald.Summary from Goodreads Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as The Hot Tub Incident, and you ve got two unprepared sophos 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.I thought this book was very fluffy but interesting Tasha was a stereotypical California school girl She spenttime at the beach that at lectures Emily is completely opposite She is a studios, smart girl When the two switch places, there is some trouble Tasha can t keep up with the workload, and Emily is bored and wants to learnBut they each find their special talents at the other school.I wanted to read this book because it looked like Being Sloane Jacobs I liked that one, and was in the mood for a similar read This one was okay, but not as good.I liked the lessons the girls learned about themselves Tasha, or Natasha, learned that she was a feminist and that school is good Emily learned that school isn t everything, and that she should live a little.The two girls interacted throughout the novel, and it was fun to read Their texts were lighthearted, and it was cool seeing them work out their issues.Overall, this is a sweet and fluffy read

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