Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review- Transfer Student by Laura A.H. Elliot

Goodreads Summary:

Two Worlds––Two Teens––One Wish

Rhoe and Ashley would never be friends.
Even if they lived on the same planet.
But, they’ll become so much more.
They’ll transfer.

Earthling Ashley’s world revolves around winning daily popularity contests at Beverly Hills High School and surfing competitions with sweet scholarship prizes that will finally help her break free of her control-freak mother. Ashley never loses. Ashley never wishes on stars. But that changes when her senior class takes a field trip to the Griffith Observatory where conflicting feelings about her predatory best frenemy Tiffany causes Ashley to throw away her own carefully-crafted Queen of B.H.H.S. title under the bus.

Meanwhile on planet Retha, Rhoe misses his dad, loves his mom’s home-cooked Glechy crag with a side of ory sauce, is desperate to heal his sick brother and wants more than anything to win The Retha New Invention Competition. He and his best friend Yuke have worked for the past two years constructing the teleporting telescope Rhoe started building with his dad before he died in an airboarding accident. Rhoe’s never kissed a girl. Rhoe’s hero is the eccentric physicist, Ramay. But that changes when the telescope teleports Rhoe across the universe with an unintended side effect, Ashley and Rhoe transfer. They swap lives when they make the same wish at the same time.

Popular-surfer-turned-boy-geek alien Ashley must handle life on Retha as Rhoe complete with webbed feet, low-gravity, and an obsession with Yuke, all the while being hunted by Rethan spies and resenting her hairy, flat chest. Boy-geek-turned-popular-surfer Rhoe must fit in at Beverly Hills High School as Ashley, compete in The Laguna Beach Invitational without becoming shark food, dodge boys’ affections, cool his preoccupation with Tiffany and his new body, and find the healing rocks he believes will save his brother’s life.

If only it were that simple. Some wishes can’t come true. Some have to. 


If I were to describe Transfer Student using only three adjectives, I'd say that it was- captivating, interesting and impressive.
From the moment the author Laura A.H. Elliott spread the word about the book, I wanted to read it and was lucky enough to have won a giveaway hosted by the author herself for which I would like to thank her once again.  
Transfer Student is the story of two teenagers- one living on Planet Earth (Ashley) and the other from Planet Retha (Rhoe). A task as simple as star- gazing through a telescope makes these two switch planets and their bodies. So we have Rhoe as and in Ashley on Earth and Ashely as and in Rhoe on Retha. Without getting much into the plot, I would just like to say that, from there on, the book is a complete page- turner.
In the initial chapters, Ashley's life on Earth seemed liked that of any American blonde girl. However, after the Transfer, reading about Earth from Rhoe's point of view was absolutely hilarious and giving a broader sense of awareness at the same time. Reading about Planet Retha from both, Ashley's and Rhoe's POV was an interesting. Live on Retha, it's people, how things work there, even simple things like how they use wheatgrass in place of water was all put down well. Ashley and Rhoe each fall for each other's best friends after the Transfer. It was so funny to read about a girl in a guy's body falling for his best friend or a guy in a girl's body falling for her best friend! But as Ashley says, all over the galaxy, boys are falling for girls and girls are falling for boys. 
Transfer Student was a completely different read and at the same time, being a Sci- Fi book, it had a contemporary aspect. I would recommend Transfer Student if you're up for something different.



  1. Oh new planets?? gimme!! I love reading about some new worlds ;) But you gave me something and nothing Sarika. That my friend makes me wanna read this book. Great review Sarika ;)

    1. Oh, Tanja! This is all you'll get. I'd read and reviewed this book WAY before the blogging days and the original review... *hangs head in shame* I had to edit it so much! Anyways, you'll like this one, I think. Thank you! :)

  2. Yes, the role reversal coupled with a new planet altogether was rather interesting. I hope you get to read this one sometime, Aman. I'm not sure if we can call it "light", but it a fun read. ;) Thank you!

  3. Sarika & Janhvi

    thank you so much for your wonderful review. I'm happy you enjoyed Transfer Student and am honored that you chose to highlight it on your blog. I'm very excited about the series and am hard at work on book 2. I love writing about parallel worlds & aliens too :) I hope you enjoy the book Aman & Tanja.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comment, Laura! It means a lot. I can't wait for more books in the Starjump series. :)


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