Grade 8-10–Amy Nelson is a stereotypical spoiled teen who has stereotypical plans for her summer vacation: shopping, friends, boyfriend. Then, out of nowhere, her long-absent father calls to inform her that the grandmother whom she has never met is ill and that Amy needs to go to Israel to meet her. Before the teen can say, But I'm not even Jewish! she is on an Israeli moshav sharing a room with a cousin who hates her for being a spoiled American, lusting after a brooding older boy on the verge of his mandatory military service, and learning more than she ever thought possible about her faith, her family, their history, and their present. The characters are stock, and the lessons Amy learns are expected, but readers are still drawn into her story. The lightness of the narrative sometimes belies the depth of the topics on which it touches, but it is true to the manner in which many American teens would encounter these issues. Best for avid readers of realistic, high school dramedy.–Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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I love this author. I have met her twice and she is just as great in person as she is as a writer.Published 7 months ago by teach13
Very good read, Amy and Avi was a cute little romance and I enjoyed how they both never took each others crap lol. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nicole
Started off a bit slow... But slowly got better and better! Really liked this book! I Would probably recommend it.Published 18 months ago by Larissa Larson
I like that this series introduces another culture to my 8th grade students who, due to socio-economic conditions, don't have a very broad world view. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kate M.
this is a good book too. it was pretty funny and fun to read. but i would hate to be her, then i would love to be her at the same time. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Myesha
This was a fun, cute read. I liked the story line, the characters and especially the setting, it was fun and interesting all the way through.Published on May 24, 2013 by Mysterious Girl
For a "young adult" book...NO!! I was at the hair dressers when the "almost" sex portion of the book happened. We passed the story around like school girls. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by sewcrazy
A great book. :) Great shape. I sat down and read through the whole thing within about a day. Another good trilogy by Simone Elkeles. :)Published on March 25, 2013 by Becky KL
Perhaps this is a "fake" review because I haven't read the series myself. A junior girl loved this author, and I enjoyed Elkeles' book Perfect Chemistry. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Library lady