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Getting the Boot (S.A.S.S. Series)

Getting the Boot (S.A.S.S. Series)

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by Peggy Guthart Strauss

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The exciting series for teens that explores life and love around the world.

Studying abroad isn't at all like Kelly thought it would be. Instead of shopping for fine Italian leather and living in an apartment with a view of the Colosseum, she is stuck in a stuffy dorm room with three other girls, and is sharing one shower with the entire floor! This is not


The exciting series for teens that explores life and love around the world.

Studying abroad isn't at all like Kelly thought it would be. Instead of shopping for fine Italian leather and living in an apartment with a view of the Colosseum, she is stuck in a stuffy dorm room with three other girls, and is sharing one shower with the entire floor! This is not the bella Roma that she'd dreamed of. But there is one part of Italy that Kelly doesn't mind—Joe, a really cute guy who's in the study abroad program too. Joe's into staying up late and partying hard, two things that Kelly used to love doing. Bad habits are hard to break, and she soon finds herself on thin ice with the program coordinators. If Kelly's not careful, she might just get the boot…

Editorial Reviews

To Kelly Brandt, two things are important: boys and clothes. Now she's on her way to study in Rome for the summer—after all, what could be better than Italian fashion and Italian boys? She's determined not to waste the opportunity. But when she gets involved with Joe, a hard-partying boy in her program, she winds up in danger of "getting the boot" from the program. Over the course of the summer, Kelly learns about responsibility, friendship, and herself, while exploring the beautiful cities and countryside of Italy. There's nothing particularly original or surprising about this book, but it is satisfying and enjoyable book-candy. Drugs and alcohol figure prominently in the plot, but are always portrayed negatively. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Speak, 198p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Samantha Musher
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-A summer in Rome for a prestigious study program is cramping 17-year-old Kelly's style: b-o-r-i-n-g roommates, tight quarters, lots of work. Where are those Prada shopping sprees and gorgeous Italian guys she'd figured on? Then, along comes hunky California surfer Joe, who's into staying out late and partying. She starts seeing him and neglecting her assignments, and the program's director warns her that she'd better straighten up or she'll find herself flying home before the term ends. Opportunities to visit world-famous museums and ancient ruins and to study classical works of art slowly make an impression on her. She hones her talent for drawing by sketching the wonders she encounters on class trips. As Kelly becomes immersed in the culture and scenery, she makes peace with her peers and with herself. Guthart paints her characters with a broad brush, but the landscape and Kelly's innate good nature carry the tale. Teens will relate to the various types of students and glean some appreciation for Rome's rich heritage.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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S.A.S.S. Series
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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When in Rome . . .

At home, Kelly had spent hours looking at Rome websites (or the cute Roman guys on them, anyway), and now, from the bus, she recognized the jagged ruins of the Colosseum, Rome’s ancient stadium. She hoped it would be as impressive in real life as it looked online.

The bus turned through a set of iron gates with a brass sign posted on them: PROGRAMMA INTERNAZIONALE DI ROMA. The building wasn’t enormous, but it was impressive: four stories high, in reddish stucco with lighter-colored details around the tall, arched windows framed with green shutters.

“It’s even prettier than the pictures in the brochure,” Kelly said. “Check out that terrace over there. That’ll be the perfect place for sunbathing and soaking up the scenery.”

“Or reading,” Sheela said.

Kelly sighed. “You can’t tell me we’ve just flown four thousand miles so you can stick your head in a book and ignore a view like this.”

“Okay, okay. For once, I’m totally with you,” Sheela answered. “This is absolutely beautiful.”

Spontaneously, the girls reached out and squeezed each other’s hands. They had arrived.

Meet the Author

Peggy Guthart Strauss never studied abroad, but every time she travels to Europe it is a valuable learning experience. When she isn’t writing, Peggy works as a graphic designer at the promotional advertising company she runs with her husband. They live in New York City with their rambunctious cairn terrier.

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Getting the Boot 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Brandt is visiting Italy along with her friend Sheela through a group know as S.A.S.S 'Students across the Seven Seas'. She is so excited to be going on this educational/fun trip to Italy. When she arrives, she feels like she is alone, and can't seem to find anyone to be friends with. Later on she meets a boy, Joe and I could tell from the beginning what kind of guy he was, and what his character was like. Joe is basically this 'bad boy' b-cuz he smokes, drinks,partys a lot, does drugs, and always cuts curfew. Kelly is distracted from her studies, and she has to chose whether she wants to keep hanging out with Joe, and risk getting into trouble,'getting the boot' as in being sent home. Her other option is to stop hanging out with Joe. The author is so descriptive of everything in Italy, and its amazing to read how she explains everything, while I was reading it, I pictured this teen girl walking through Italy, and looking at all the pieces of art, I almost felt like I was Kelly. Its ah-mazing how I felt like I was standing right next to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Brandt decided to go into the S.A.S.S program, which stands for Students Across the Seven Seas. This program was for girls and boys who would travel to a different place, and learn about a new culture. Kelly was going to be traveling with her friend named Sheela Ramaswamy, and she was heading for Italy. Kelly was so excited, she wanted to go shopping, and scope around for boys. She thought that she might actually even get an Italian boyfriend. Well then she met a boy named Joe. He was not Italian but, he was really cute and was in the S.A.S.S program too. She started going out with him. She would then always find herself late for class, missing assignments and would be really tired when they would go on field trips and during class. She then realizes that she needs to starting getting her work done, and making it to class on time because she finds out that Joe is bad news. You will have to read the book to find out what kind of bad news Joe is. I thought that this book was really exciting. Peggy Guthart Strauss really pulled me into the book, and I could not put it down. I think that mostly girls would like this book, because it is more about girls, who there crushes are, and you can¿t forget about shopping. This book is in a series which is the S.A.S.S series. Even though this book is in a series, you don't have to read them in order. The books are all about different girls that are in the S.A.S.S program, and the different places and parts of the world that they go to. They also say that if you like one book, then you will like all the other ones too. They are all pretty much the same but have different problems and go to different places, while having different lifestyles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very god book! Especialy for girls who have traveled to Italy or love traveling!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is pretty good the main character Kelly goes from being a self centered,ditz to a girl with morals and brains
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was so awesome!!!!! it was so historical!!!!! it was so enchanting!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author introduces us to a range of young energetic characters, and principally Kelly, the heroine of the piece, on a personal adventure of her own in a delightfully idyllic landscape. We share Kelly's passions, ups and downs as she goes through an intensive period of discovery, and comes out the better for it. I was travelling through France whilst reading this book, and loved the way Peggy Guthart managed to convey to me the beauty of the Rome that she described. I almost felt like changing my holiday plans and going with my parents to Italy in that instant! I would be surprised if the Italian Tourist Board did not recommend this book to all potential travellers. Try it and see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thi book is pretty good but is kind of jumpy, jump from one thing to another. I bought this book because I love Italy. If you are intrested in an a girl going to Italy for school, you will enjoy this book!!
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