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Westminster Abby (Students Across the Seven Seas)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Abby has always considered herself to be a little vanilla;sweet,plain, but not very exciting. So when she finds herself flying across the ocean to London, trying to forget her problems with her cheating ex-boyfriend and her overprotective parents, she figures her semester abroad is her chance to become one big hot fudge sundae. And she isn't disappointed. London boasts a p ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 5th 2005 by Speak (first published May 1st 2005)
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Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Westminster Abby tells a relatively predictable story about a teenage girl with overprotective parents who longs to break free and become her own person. She leaves the confines of her home in New York City to explore the wondrous world of London and its environs. There, she befriends a girl who's the complete opposite of her. With the help of her new friend, Abby starts to break out of her shell and become the not-so-vanilla girl she always wanted to be.

Micol Ostow does a nice job in describing
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

I like the concept but didn't like the execution.

The writing style was alright. I think my main problem was that Abby annoyed me.

I'm going to try a few of the other books in the series and see if I like them better.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
YA novel about Abby, a 16-year-old girl from New York whose parents don't allow her to date until she is seventeen. When she sneaks around and dates a college boy, said parents decide she should spend the summer as an exchange student at a college in London...where she gets involved with another college boy and lies to the folks some more. The 16-year-old and her age mates in the study abroad program spend a lot of time roaming London and hitting the pubs. Abby even jets off for a week-end in Du ...more
Boy oh boy this was the cheesiest book in the history of cheesy books. I think I can see the appeal of it for a younger audience, but this book definitely wasn't for me. I read it for a book challenge I'm completing and I must say I don't think I'll be picking up anymore in the series.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Westminster Abby is the first book in the S.A.S.S. Series. It follows a girl, Abby, who is struggling to find her independence. In search for it she travels to London as part of her school's foreign exchange program. I enjoyed the fact that this book mostly took place in England; however the author didn't describe the settings as well as I would have hoped. The contemporary plot wasn't necessarily a new idea, but the story progressed smoothly and the ending was surprisingly unpredictable. Previo ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
This really lacked any kind of good writing, which I suppose I expected. It's a very cliche story of a teenage girl's adventures in London. Nothing special.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
  To call this book amazing isn’t really the greatest choice. To call this book good, makes more sense. There were parts of the book that were interesting and then there were parts that were not interesting. This book is a mixture of romance and reality. The book also tells a life lesson, “Sometimes leaving behind what you know best, actually brings you closer to what you should know best------ yourself.” You might be thinking, wow that was confusing. I totally agree with you. The book is told b ...more
Dụ Chou
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommend for: anyone who likes stories about complicated relationships

Abby is a typical "good girl" who is trying to be bad. She basically have crazy strict parents who don't allow her to have a boyfriend. But then, she fell in love with a college freshman, James, while James was cheating on her the entire time they were dating. So of course, her parents found out about it and sent her off to England in hope that she will forget about him and continue to be their good girl. However, she met Ian
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have
This book was great!!! And it really teaches a lesson by following a story of a teenage girl who from finally is allowed to be free and independent but in a reasonable way, because her parents have finally stopped being so overprotective
Lily Cooper
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and easy read. Made me excited to visit London!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was not my fave. :(
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Jessica Reidt
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: micol-ostow
glad she decided to fly solo
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Next stop on the S.A.S.S. tour: England, where Abby's parents have dispatched her in order to put a bit of distance between Abby and a particular boy.

But, as it turns out, Abby's pretty okay with her exile to London. Her relationship has soured, and anyway, London seems like a good place to exert a bit of independence from her parents.

I haven't had too much love for a number of the S.A.S.S. books I've read recently, so this one was a pleasant surprise. I related to Abby more than to many of the
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction, own, teen
Abby can't seem to catch a break with her overbearing parents. She wants to be a normal teen that goes out and has fun and dates, not be the teen stuck at home every weekend with her parents studying. But her life takes a drastic change. Abby is sent off to England for the summer to parttake in the S.A.S.S program. Excited and nervous she feels that this is finally her chance to break free and live her life, but little does she know what her life has in store for her.

Abby quickly makes a group o
Jordan Clouse
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Westminster Abby," was an amazing book. I loved all the relatable things in it and the adventure. I loved the character differences between all of the friends. The author did and a spectacular job on writing this book since most people can relate to something on here. Especially about overprotective parents not like my parent though. But sometimes it happens but that's ok.

Abby the main character was not very exciting at the point. Until something happened between someone and she freaked out an
Marissa Farhi
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Westminster Abby was a very good book. I enjoyed reading it and never wanted to put my book down. The book flowed nicely and moved along fast, which is good for a book.
Westminster Abby is about a 16 year old girl, Abby, who is looking to add some pizazz into her life. Her parents are very overprotective and concerned with her, so she lies to them a lot. Abby heard about this program for over the summer that would look good on a college application. The program was in London. Abby then went to
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people obsessed with England
Shelves: teen
Well, I picked this one up for obvious reasons-- my complete obsession with any and all things British. The story sounded "cute" but I pretty much knew ahead of time that the book would lack any real good storytelling or writing, which it did. I WAS pleased with the incredibly detailed account of Abby in London, which was like revisiting all of the touristy spots all over again. But the shallow plot: girl gets in trouble with parents for going behind their backs to "see" her boyfriend, she finds ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was so bad that I abandoned it before I could make it to the halfway point. Usually, I try to stick it out until the end but this is the first S.A.S.S. book that I just couldn't torture myself with. That's the problem with this series; many different authors and styles. It can be great to get different POVs and voices but some authors are more engaging than others. Too bad; I always love reading books set in London.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a very simple and easy read. Nothing too spectacular about it.

The plot, in short: Abby has overprotective parents. They send her away to London to keep her from her ex, James. Abby explores all of London with a new group of friends, particularly Zoe who is the complete opposite of her. Meanwhile, she meets a guy--there's always a guy. Anyway, they fall in love, far too quickly IMO (ugh, why do writers always do this? it's called development people, not everyone falls in love two d
Barbara S
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I love how this book kind of took me to London with it. In that matter, it is really similar to "Anna and the French Kiss" and Paris. I didn't like the ending that much, though, although I couldn't say what would have been a better way to end the story or what guy was better, Ian and James - they both seemed very amiable and sweet in the end. Also, I found it kind of surprising that the best friend is somehow being forgotten in the middle of the story. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed reading this ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
This story tried too hard to be cool. It had its cute moments, but overall the plot was rather dry (rebellious teenager sent to London; eventually finds herself in the middle of a love-triangle). I was not impressed with the story, probably because I judged this book by its cover and decided that I was was expecting this book to be really good. I thought: oh, wow, an overseas adventure in England, how could that fail to be interesting? The setting alone promised that the book would be semi-exoti ...more
Nov 09, 2007 added it
Shelves: advisory2007-08
This book was pretty easy to read. The main character of this book is a 16 year old girl, Abby, who has overprotective parents. She's a straight A student and a goody- goody like Thais from the Balefire series. After Abby's parents learned that she was dating a guy, they send her off to London for a 10 week program. From this experience, she discovered more of who she really is and what she wanted. She learned to take risks; she basically transformed into a new person. While I was reading this b ...more
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in a cultural experience, particularly in London
This book wasn't amazing, but it was a pleasure to read and provided me a very visual image of what studying and living abroad in London might be like. Characters such as Abby, Zoe, Ian, and James all made a face in my memory, and I enjoyed imagining Abby's adventures in London from getting stuck in the City College elevator to meeting Ian's parents. (Ian was a nice imaginary visual, too xD) Now, I really want to study abroad in London and have an adventure like Abby, hopefully meeting a foreign ...more
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it is part of the S.A.S.S. Series i really lik this series because its about teenage girls who join the SASS prgram and travel to countries all over the world for a semester of school. these are really good romance and adventure storys. this one is about a girl wih overprotective parents who goes to england for a semester and in england she finds herself and her indepdence its relly good.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute but average story that would appeal more to the junior high age group than the teen set... first book in a series about average American girls doing a semester abroad as an exchange student. In this first novel, Abby goes to London and experiences London's culture and boys. Great descriptions sure to engage the young reader with the idea of travel.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was a decent read. Read in a few hours. Nothing too special. I enjoyed the writing, though. It seemed that after Abby met Ian all of her and Zoe's conversations were about Abby's problems with the two boys. Kind of annoying but what can I honestly expect from a not-even-200-pages book? Eh. All in all, it's a decent book.
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, realistic, romance
Abby has decided it's time to change from plain vanilla to a hot fudge sundae, and London is the perfect place to do it. Abby's parents are so overprotective and restrictive, she can't wait to be free. Abby slowly learns to rely on herself and she begins to fall for Ian. But now James has arrived, and Abby can't make up her mind.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the cutest stories that I've read in a long time! I would have loved to have experienced something like this when I was sixteen. All of the SASS books are really sweet and interesting and just makes you envy the hell out of this kids that aren't even real; but they're just adorable, light, breezy, and the perfect solution if you need to pass a couple of hours. Pick this one of first.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Abby Capshaw is a New York City chick who is used to being a goody-goody and what she claims, plain, boring vanilla.

So when she goes to too-cool London for school time abroad she thinks this is time to add some sprinkles to that vanilla ice-cream--and maybe even get some love??

A great, funny, romantic read!
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a very fascinating and fun book
So far this series has very good books that will make you want to finish the book without stopping
My favourite character was the main character:Abbey,because i like how she is smart and makes friends so easily like me,
This book also includes most of the attractions in Britain
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