Synopsis: 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?
Debut author Amy Fellner Dominy mixes sweet romance, surprising secrets, and even some matzo ball soup to cook up a funny yet heartfelt story about an outspoken girl who must learn to speak out for herself.
The Cover: Not a fan. It seems too generic. Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked it up at the bookstore based solely on the cover.
The First Line: “I love to argue. I’ll argue about anything – school uniforms, raising the driving age, or ear hair.” What a great introduction to this character. She’s smart, sassy, and sure of herself. And who doesn’t love to argue?
The Good: Ellie’s struggle with her identity is one most people face. In this instance, it circles around her religion as an identifier. Dominy writes Ellie with heart and conviction, even when she’s convincing herself of one thing when she feels another. Of course, as we know from the opening, Ellie loves to argue. Sometimes that means she’s arguing with herself.
The Bad: As much as I enjoyed this book, it moved slow at times.
Recommendation: Definitely worth checking out.