One of the S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) series books, it’s an interesting and fun read about a girl trying to get tanned and meet cute boys down under(Australia) and another trying to make the most of her EPA internship at up over (America), when they swap places in a student exchange program.
Eliza Ritter picks up Melbourne, Australia for her environmental program, only with the intent of getting some laid back time, away from her social-image-concerned parents. But she is in for a disappointment, as she slouches through muddy cold beaches collecting soil samples, or working at the family’s fish N chip place. Adventure gets better of her though, and she does have some good time, at the expense of some serious awkwardness.
“Eventually she started getting the hang of it. That was to say, she got the hang of those four steps. Paddle, hop up, freak out, fall over. At least she finally stopped looking like she was being attacked by a swarm of bees each time she hopped back up unto the board.”
Aussie Billie Echolas took her environmental program seriously and was looking forward to serious field work. But Washington was nothing like she expected. She soon got tangled in the politics and Eliza’s love life. Eventually the girl does bring herself together.
“There was still the Green Gorillas, the sit-in and article…and lots of other causes. She wasn’t done fighting. Not by a long shot. Mr. Ritter seemed to respect Billie’s sticking to her convictions. So she was just going to keep right on doing so. And best of all? She’d have Parker at her side while she did.”
Spiced liberally with Australian slang, the girls take us to some hip places in Washington D.C. and Melbourne. If you like travel books and more so teenage ones, this book is totally recommended. Fun and fluid, it sure makes one “no worries”, good book in S.A.S.S. series.