OyMG is a funny and heartwarming story of a young woman finding out what is really important to her while holding on to her true identity.
The thing I liked most about OyMG is that, despite the storyline being about a Jewish girl at a Christian camp, that's not the whole story. The story, in fact, is about a confident, smart and competitive young woman who isn't afraid to go after what she wants. The heart of OyMG deals with Ellie trying to hold on to her (religious and personal) identity and sense of self, while also fitting in at the Christian Society Speech and Performing Arts summer camp, where she is competing for a scholarship to the prestigious speech school.
I was very impressed with the character development in OyMG. Ellie is a amusing and brilliant young woman. As a reader, I was able to connect to her personality, as well as her determination to get what she wanted, even if it meant hiding an important part of her sense of self from others. I also loved the character of her Zeydeh (grandfather). Ellie's interaction with her family, especially her grandfather, is a refreshing change from some of the recent family dynamics I have encountered in young adult fiction.
I know some readers may have reservations about OyMG because of the religious aspect, but rest assured, it's not a big deal. Dominy was able to convey beliefs and traditions without being preachy. OyMG is a funny, heartwarming story that will make readers laugh and comiserate with Ellie in equal measure.
Amy Fellner Dominy has written a great contemporary novel with an engaging storyline and characters. Even though I am not Jewish, I was able to relate to Ellie's plight and her conflict between wanting to win the scholarship and speaking up for herself and her beliefs.
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