This first book in the S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) series was unexpectedly good. As I said, I read Becky's review of Girl Overboard, and became intrigued, but wasn't expecting much more than teenage romance with some travelogue stuff thrown in. I really was pleasantly surprised. Westminster Abby had quite a bit of substance, with just a little romance thrown in to mix it up a bit.
Abby Capshaw is a responsible, smart, and pretty 16 year old that is living with incredibly overprotective parents. They watch every move she makes, insists on straight A's, will not allow her to date until she is 17, and only will let her hang out at her friend Dani's house, no other extracurricular activities (outside of school of course). It is to Abby's amazement that her parents sign her up to participate in the S.A.S.S. program, shipping her to London for 10 entire weeks. Abby, who has proclaimed herself as "a little vanilla" is not a risk taker in any sense. She is terrified to travel to a strange country, alone, with only guidebooks as companions.
Soon after arriving in London, Abby surprises herself by making friends with an eccentric girl named Zoe, picking up a boyfriend named Ian, and letting her grades slip just a teensy bit. She learns more about herself than ever before and is determined to let the new Abby shine through. No more vanilla Abby! The London Abby has plenty of hot fudge and sprinkles, allowing her true personality to stand out and allow her to stand up for herself.
I really did enjoy this book, much more than I anticipated, and look forward to reading the rest in the series. There are 6 or 7 I think, not really sure on the exact number, but a bunch to keep me busy in coming weeks. Although, they will have to be put aside come tomorrow night, as everyone's favorite boy wizard will be my only reading for a few days.
London I think, is one of the best places on earth. I've never been there, but after reading this, I'm on my way! The story is funa dn upbeat and you could easily relate to the people and the situations. I especially liked Abby's love interest, Ian. I thought he was so charming! If only I could meet him or someone like him in real life...
My only problem with the story is that it stretches credibility. Abby does A LOT of things her parents wouldn't approve of behind their back, she has two boyfriends (at sixteen?) and she's a bit mature beyond her years. That aside, the book was good and a nice escape from reality-for an hour or two.
I picked up this book because it had a cute cover and a the UK flag on it. It was a really good book. The main character, Abby, is a foreign exchange student for NYC. She's going to London to study over summer because he parents want her to get away from her love, James. But she broke up with James. He cheated on her. Now Abby just wants to be a more fun and outgoing person in London. She makes a bunch of new, different friends. And she found a new love, Ian, a cute English college guy. What would Abby's parents say? She hates lying to them, but she is having the time of her life. That is, until James shows up, wanting her back. Abby goes through many experiences in London and finally finds who she truly is. And she wants to stay this way. You can learn a lot about the food and culture in London. It's all very eclectic. This is a great book series for those who dream about traveling to another country. This book was pretty simple to read. It's great for traveling in the car, taking to the beach, or anywhere for a quick read. You'll enjoy the fun times Abby goes through with her friends, the relationship with her parents, and the boys she's stuck between. Have fun, mates!