TRANSFER STUDENT – LAURA ELLIOTT’S NEW TEEN SCI-FI
by Dee White - March 14th, 2012
When Ashley looks into a telescope, her life is changed forever.
I think of my Aunt Jenny. I make my very first wish upon that beautiful, very hypnotic star.
“Save me from myself,” I half-beg, half-whisper.
I peer through the eyepiece, wanting to see the star twinkle to seal the deal, to make my wish real. But, the only thing I see is a violet bug-eye staring back at me.
When she looks through the telescope, former Miss Popularity, Ashley is transported into the body of alien geek Rhoe who has been working for some time on developing a travelscope. Ashley has a hard time adjusting to becoming a boy, having webbed feet and trying to fit in on the planet Retha. To make matters worse, she falls in love with Rhoe’s best friend, Yuke, who happens to be the hottest guy on the planet.
Laura Elliott’s descriptions of the two different worlds where the story is set are so vivid that they put you right there in the moment.
Stargazing is fake. Just like yellow stars. Which is why I’m thrilled today. I’m sitting next to my best frenemy Tiffany, stuck in traffic on The Field Trip from Hell to the Griffith Observatory.
I slide my window open and almost pop off an acrylic in the freaking process. I hate freeway air and the resulting freeway hair but I hate sweat more. Every other bus rolling up the Hollywood Hills suffers from yellow-star-drawer infestations. Freaking kindergarteners. All around me. Joy. In front of Tiff and me, Sean pounds the back of his seat like he’s playing with the Red Hots at The Whisky a Go Go. My head’s a hollowed-out rock with little pebbles inside. Every time Sean slaps the green vinyl my head pebbles rattle into a maraca migraine.
Laura’s characters are strong individuals who engage you from the start.
I smile my no-teeth smile, the one reserved for those trying to get back on my good side, like flattery will make me forgive Tiff for dissing me to Sean the other day. Props to my scoop-loving minions.
We are introduced to two worlds, the one of Ashley the star gazer and Rhoe who comes from the stars and live in a world so different from earth, but still with many of the same issues.
When their lives are switched, Rhoe and Ashley both have a hard time fitting in and preserving each other’s lives. How is Rhoe going to win the surfing championship that will secure Ashley’s destiny and how will Ashley be a good enough storyteller to save the lives of Rhoe, his family and friends?
Transfer Student has believable, engaging characters and heart-stopping tension to keep readers turning the pages.
It’s told in the points of view of both Rhoe and Ashley and the reader is drawn close to both characters. During their difficult journeys both Rhoe and Ashley gain deep insight into themselves and are changed forever
Transfer Student is a compelling sci-fi adventure that also reflects the lifestyle and dilemmas faced by today’s teens, and the world as a whole.
This book has many layers and is a compelling read from start to finish.