ARC Review: Amish Guys Don't Call by Debby Dodds

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Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she's finally been accepted into the popular girls' clique called "The Sherpas." But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam's new friends can't miss this opportunity to tease and torment her.

Sam has never really come to terms with her parents' divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach's apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Sam is trying to be a Sherpa with Madison.  She has to put up with Hillary’s attitude and antics.  Madison is her friend and she is willing to try.  They come up with Plan P to find Sam a boyfriend.  She sees a cute guy outside of the movie one night who follows Madison and her for a pizza.  His name is Zach.  He and his friends invite Sam and Madison to a party.  Sam and Madison decide to use the party to distract Hillary.  It’s out in the middle of a corn field and Zach is there.  Sam thinks he is cute but she is socially awkward.  Then she has to take care of Madison.  She fears she will never see him again.
Of course he calls after Madison gave him Sam’s number.  They decide to go out.  Things are moving along wonderfully between them.  Sam is scared to let Hillary and the rest of the girls know.  She doesn’t want to deal with the pressure.
On their third date, the place they go isn’t what they expected and Zach comes clean with the truth.  Sam is shocked and wasn’t expecting any of it.  She doesn’t know what to think when Zach pulls away.
It all falls apart when someone starts to cyber-bully her, Madison refuses to talk to her and Zach goes home to help his family.  Sam is in a downward spiral losing control of her life and resorts back to old bad habits.
This book was a bit sad. Sam has no family support and the popular girls use her as their alibi.  She is quite the mess.  Her mother is an even bigger mess.  Her friends are not always nice, especially Hillary who is the quintessential mean girl.  I felt sorry for Sam immediately.  Then she met Zach.  I pretty much knew what he was.  The author gave enough hints throughout the story.  I’m surprised that Sam didn’t catch on.  I loved how sweet he was and how he treated her.  He was already protective and a gentleman.
When the secret came out Sam was mocked by the girls and the students at school.  That was sad to see.  Realistic but sad to see people make fun of those that are different.  I also liked how the author made everything come crashing down.  It forced Sam to make changes and look at things differently.  Reconnecting with her father may not have been on the table otherwise.

The trials Sam had to get through were difficult for her character and for me to read.  However I liked the ending.  Sam came out stronger.  I give this story a 4 out of 5.

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