Pages: 256 Pages
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Grade: 4.5 Stars
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?
This book made me smile.
Why you ask? Because it was full of hilarity and cuteness. I never thought debate camp would be so much fun! The relationships in this story were nice and not too overdone, for example, Ellie and her best friend weren’t attached at the hip. Devon was the kind of sweet guy I would have a crush on and I was cheering for Ellie and him all through the book. They were great characters, but Zeydeh had to be my favorite. I wish I had a grandfather like him; he was funny and always spoke his mind.
I liked that this book also had a life lesson in it and it wasn’t just a cute book, it was deep too. The whole idea of a Jewish girl going to a Christian debate camp sounds hilarious so why wouldn’t you want to read this book? If you like a cute, funny story about growing up and debate, this story is for you. This debut is wonderful! 4.5 Stars!