Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

The blurb:
Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument.  After all, she's been arguing with her Zeydeh (grandfather in Yiddish) since she could talk.  So when she gets accepted to the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, she's sure that if she wins the final tournament, it'll be her ticket to a scholarship to the best speech school in the country.  Unfortunately, the competition at CSSPA is hot -- literally. His name is Devon and whether Ellie likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle.  Luckly, she's headstrong and confident enough to take on the challenge -- until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship's benefactor has negative feelings towards Jews.  Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?

Dominy's heroine, Ellie Taylor, has been arguing all her life.  A born debater, confident, funny, and determined, Ellie signs up for Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp so that she can win a full scholarship to the best private school in her area, the school with one of the best debate societies in the state.    Ellie realizes that winning the scholarship also means pretending to be Christian and repudiating her Jewish heritage and identity, this raises all sorts of problems.  Tough for Ellie, but great for us readers because it also gives Dominy the chance to exploit her skill at comedy. 

Dominy has a gift for humor.  Everything that might go wrong does - and in such a way that I kept chuckling and laughing out loud.   Likable characters, witty dialogue, and situational comedy - OyMG is such a fun read!

ISBN-10: 080272177X- Hardcover $16.99
Publisher: Walker & Company (May 10, 2011), 256 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
A former advertising copywriter, Amy Fellner Dominy earned her MFA from Arizona State University in 2004. OyMG is her first teen novel. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her hubby, two teenagers, and various pets. Visit Amy at www.amyfellnerdominy.com.

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