Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blog Tour: OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy + Giveaway

Book:  OyMG
Author:  Amy Fellner Dominy
Release date:  May 10, 2011
Publisher:  Walker & Co.
Pages:  256
Source:  Publisher

Jewish girl. Christian camp. Holy moly.

Ellie Taylor loves nothing better than a good argument. 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 she likes it or not, being near him makes her sizzle. Luckily she’s confident enough to take on the challenge-until she begins to suspect that the private scholarship’s benefactor has negative feelings toward Jews. Will hiding her true identity and heritage be worth a shot at her dream?

OyMG is not a book that I would normally pick up but I am glad I did.  It was cute, funny, and the best part is that it had a great message.  Aren’t those the best kind of books out there?

Ellie Taylor is dying to go to the elite school, Benedict’s.  She knows that she can really improve her talent there and she also knows that she can’t afford it.  That’s why the scholarship offered by Doris Yeats would be perfect for her.  Who cares if it means going to a Christian speech camp when she is Jewish?  Ellie doesn’t mind, especially when she meets Doris Yeats’ grandson, Devon.  Devon is perfect boyfriend material.  Too bad he’s the competition.  And what happens when he shares a secret that just might ruin Ellie’s chance at the scholarship?

I hate to say it but for about half the book I hated Ellie.  She seemed so spineless and she refused to stand up for herself and what she believed in.  It was hard to like her when she didn’t seem to like herself.  She did change her attitude though towards the end.  I liked her after that!

The story was very cool.  It was definitely a new story for me.  It did have to do a lot with religion obviously but it wasn’t overpowering.  Ellie was a character that wasn’t defined by her religion.  Oh and I loved reading about the speeches.  Hilarious!

Overall, OyMG was a wonderful debut from Amy Fellner Dominy that I found myself laughing about but also really relating to.  It is a great book for teens who aren’t sure what they believe in or where they fit in.  So that means all teens.  =)
                                                                                            

Giveaway:
-One reader will receive an ARC of OyMG
Requirements:
-You must have a US mailing address.
-You must comment on this post, including your email  address.
-This contest will end on May 30.
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15 Comments

  1. Kelsey

    This sounds extremely different, but good. I definitely need to check it out.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your thoughts on the book 🙂

    kelseythebookscout (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Sarah

    This book sounds really different from the other publications out this far. But it truly sounds like a book that can have a powerful effect on the youth book readers. Thanks for reviewing this book, I’d like to read about how Ellie handles this situation! 🙂

    Sarah
    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

  3. page turner paulina

    I love the concept of the book: putting a Jewish girl into Christian camp. Definitely a fun summer read and a good morale of fitting in no matter what!

    golaszewski.tw1(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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