"Ingrid Anders’ style is crisp and dry, her pacing perfect, and her characterization colorful and deft. Kat’s snarky wit will keep readers chuckling and characters like Fritz and Uncle Otto round out a cast of characters worthy of their own reality show (if only they weren’t fictional). The brilliant thing about this book is that in between the tales of internship nightmares and roommate drama lie lessons on the importance of staying true to one’s self and the dangers of unchecked nationalism. As much of a coming of age story as it is a call to get out and see the world beyond our own front door, Earth to Kat Vespucci is a story that will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to break free from the ordinary." Read the full review in its original context, here.
Danielle K., Mercurial Musings
"Anders skillfully and humorously navigates a sheltered young woman's eye-opening experience abroad. Fortunately, Europe is a tame introduction to the "rest" of the world, and Kat is a curious and intelligent explorer. Anyone who took their first trip abroad as an adult will likely identify with many of her bumblings, and with this character, Anders shows herself to be a promising new novelist." Read the full review in its original context, here.
Catherine Bodry, Gadling
"Unlike most fictional stories about an American’s experience abroad, the heroine of the Kat Vespucci series doesn’t seek to 'find herself' in other countries or to 'save' the natives. Rather, wide-eyed, curious Kat is thrown blindly into new experiences with little or no previous knowledge that could distort her observation of history and culture through the eyes of locals... With a dose of humor and charm paired with her more serious moments, Kat is a likable character who continues to grow through the series." Read the full review in its original context, here.
Claire S. Gould, Bibliofeminista
"I administer an overseas study program in China, and Ingrid Anders' book is the best account I've read of the psychology and emotional adjustment of Americans studying abroad ... [t]he spectrum from whimsy and humor -- the zany surrealism of cultural immersion of the 'Lost in Translation' type -- to the shock of seeing how politics, global conflict and terrorism impact the lives of ordinary people ... [t]he book is fun, funny, enlightening, entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-written. And it never takes itself too seriously. I look forward to the sequel, which I hear is set in Taiwan!!" Read the full review in its original context, here.
David Moser, Sinologist