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Amish Guys Don't Call

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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. No ...more
Published June 13th 2017 by Blue Moon Publishers
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Sarah Joint
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a cute read made all the better by referencing some tv shows and movies I really adore. I lost track of the Buffy/Angel and horror movie references. That definitely got points with me! It's based in Pennsylvania, and I'm from PA myself, but a very different part. I knew as much about the Amish as Sam does in the beginning, which is not much at all. It's a little pet peeve of mine when people assume PA is mostly Amish, so it was nice that the author addresses that a lot of us are so far ...more
~Theresa Kennedy~
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, because it was engaging, fun and I feel I actually learned some things from reading it. For me, it brought back the newness and freshness of youth and the uncertainty, and unexpected delights of first love and how intoxicating that scary first time falling in love can be. First off, Dodd is a careful and dedicated American writer. She has an all around good grasp of writing, POV, grammar, pace, and how to create a compelling story that stays with you after you ...more
Silvia Kay
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic. It doesn't happen often that I feel tempted to pick up a YA contemporary, partly because my teenage years were hell and I don't feel the need to relive them vicariously through often equally miserable characters, and partly because I'm more of a fantasy gal either way (or a chick lit, er, chick if we are talking contemporary). That said, I knew I HAD TO read this book the moment I read the synopsis. I have been interested in the Amish for about a year now (ever since I d ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
This is the sort of book you just want to get lost in forever. I love Debby Dodds' characters because they're delightfully imperfect, and yet so lovable and easy to relate to. You feel Sam's insecurities and slowly fall in love with Zack right along with her. You can't help but sympathize with the trouble she has in her relationships with her mom and Madison. And that's the other area Dodds really shines. This book isn't just about the English versus the Amish or a girl falling for a guy who's r ...more
Sandra Evans
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a pretty powerful little story. The first few chapters hit me hard. It reminded me so much of my own high school experience-- of trying to fit in and feeling like I was never quite right anywhere or with anyone and that other girls knew those things instinctively. It also reminded me of girls I see in my own high school classroom, and made me worry a little for them as well—and not just the ones on the outside, the ones on the inside too, and especially the ones hanging on by the hemline ...more
LeeAnn McLennan
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"When Samantha falls for Zach, a handsome, mysterious guy,
she never dreams his big secret is that he’s Amish. Amish Guys Don't Call entices you in with Samantha's quest for peer acceptance and love then it morphs into a tale of larger cultural and
emotional issues. I relished following Samantha along the very rocky dating path as well as into
heartbreak and social stigma. This coming of age story will leave you with a broader view
of the world all while entertaining you."
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sam's finally starting to get her life under control in her junior year of high school, after all she's finally been accepted to join the Sherpas, the most popular girls in school. Her best friend, Madison, who put in a good word to get her into the Sherpas in the first place, has made it her mission to find a boyfriend for Sam. Things get complicated when Sam realizes that her new boyfriend, Zach, grew up Amish has chosen no
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced free copy from Net Gallery. I found this young adult book to be very funny and realistic. The protagonist Sam moves to a new town and tries to fit in with the "in" crowd by allowing her search for a boyfriend to become the "P Plan". Sam meets Zach who is Amish and this leads to many things teens are facing today such as cyber bullying. Without giving too. I have information I would highly recommend this book to both teens and adults. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why don’t Amish guys call? Because they don’t have telephones. When high school nerd and popular girl wannabe Sam meets this handsome guy named Zach at a party in a corn field, it doesn’t occur to her that he might be Amish. She knows only that she likes him a lot. If he likes her, too, it will help advance the plan she and her friend Madison have cooked up to change her from “Saint Sam” to an experienced young woman with a boyfriend. But there are complications. Zach doesn’t seem to be calling, ...more
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There is something intriguing about a culture that lives among us, yet is different in so many ways. Amish Guys Don’t Call is a powerful story that explores the Amish way of life, however, it also shows the reader that deep down there is a similar desire in all of us to be accepted by our friends and family. As well, the characters are well-developed and relatable, making this book an enjoyable read.

Having lived near a Mennonite community my whole life, I have an i
Benjamin Gorman
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this with a prejudice against teen romance. It's not my thing; I just wanted to read Amish Guys Don't Call because of Debby Dodds' sense of humor. She doesn't disappoint. At first, it reminded me of Mean Girls, which I liked. Then this got better and better, and I loved it! Dodds perfectly captures the teen voice I hear in my high school classroom every day (and, even more accurately, the voices I overhear in the halls when my students think I'm not listening) without seeming l ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun YA to read, but it also covered lots of deep topics. I really liked the main characters, and especially loved the nerdy references to things like Buffy and horror movies. Even though the reader is able to figure out that Zach was raised Amish early on, it takes Sam a bit to figure it out- but it is believable that it would take her this long to piece together the clues. All of the characters are flawed in their own ways, which makes them seem like people you really would have know ...more
Jason Brick
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amish Guys Don't Call is not my genre, but the characters, humor, tone, and writing pulled me all the way through it.

This is that classic tale: girl meets boy. Boy turns out to be Amish. Hilarity ensues. A YA novel about that One First Love, fitting it at a new school, and all manner of other Feelings.

I'm an alpha male sort, usually entertained by UFC, Joe Lansdale, and similar...and yet I loved this book. It made me laugh out loud, and give two and a half damns about the emotional experiences
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 13th 2017

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture for some reason and it’s always cool learning about other cultures as well. My first impression of Amish Guys Don’t Call was that it was going to be a fun and cute read. It ended up being a pretty weird book, to be honest. It still had it’s fun and cute moments though, don’t get me wrong. I even laughed out loud quite a bit.

Samantha was struggling a lot t
Donna Davis
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school teachers and librarians
Amish Guys Don’t Call is funny, absorbing, and ultimately lifting. Dodds has a great heart for teenagers, and this title is one that should grace every high school and middle school library, and will also attract parents and teachers of adolescents. I read it free and early thanks to Net Galley and Blue Moon Publishers. This book will be available to everyone June 13, 2017.

Samantha is still smarting from her parents’ divorce and her father’s inattention when her mother moves them to Lancaster, P
Stacy Sabala
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Book Review- Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dobbs

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 co
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny! Amish Guys Don't Call is a witty romantic comedy that entertains from beginning to end. Sam is a complex and relatible protagonist who falls for a boy that is far more than Plain.
Mikko Azul
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up because I thought the title was funny. I wasn't prepared for how poignant and hard-hitting it was on tough teen subjects in addition to being hysterically funny! I'll be sending copies to my local libraries! ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Amish Boys Don't Call," is as compelling and fascinating as a first kiss. It’s Romeo and Juliet in Amish Country. Zach is an Amish boy who just wants to be like everyone else. Sam is a modern American teen with her own problems fitting in with the mean girl culture at her high school. Sam and Zach are not supposed to fall in love, but they do. And true love never runs smoothly, especially in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. ...more
Rachel Gunter
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Lisa Alber
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Teenage love angst takes on a new twist when the "Romeo" is Amish. In a truly likeable, humorous, and insightful story, author Debby Dodds brings us right into the world of Samantha, a smart girl who has landed in with the mean girls at her high school. When she falls for a guy who doesn't seem to be quite in step with modern teen life, she finds herself increasingly at odds with her so-called friends. Prone to processing her life with list-making (funny), Samantha, finds herself increasingly in ...more
Maren Morgan
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I could not put this book down; the first page totally captured me and I finished this in three days. I currently, or have lived, in all the places mentioned so that was a fun bonus as I read. However, familiarity is absolutely not needed to follow the story. a mall, a park, a pizza place..... It doesn't matter if the reader is picturing his/her town's local haunt or one in Lancaster, PA. I was very curious how the story would unfold because the author comes from an acting background and st ...more
Tanya Grech Welden
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a little hesitant about this story. I sensed that it had the potential to be a little pedestrian (at best) and superficial (at worst). Fortunately the story did neither, rather Dodds went to places that I never would have anticipated. Sam is a very real character, likeable yet with enough flaws to be believable. I appreciated that the author took the time to flesh her out so that the story could move beyond that of a one dimensional teen romance.

The story engages with a range of issues rar
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from NetGalley.

I very much enjoyed Amish Guys Don't Call. I grew up in an area where many Amish folks lived, so I admit I was both a little scared and excited to read this. I'm happy that the author made the story believable, silly and relatable. I recommend to those that enjoy YA in general, but also to those that want something a little different. Will read again.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I read a book that is hilariously funny and highly educating at the same time. 'Amish Guys Don't Call' has it all - Sam is shoplifting whenever she feels stressed and unloved, she has some daddy issues since her father didn't bother to contact her since the divorce, she is also mocked by her so-called 'friends' or rather frenemies, but there's also swoon-worthy Zac (definitely my new fictional boyfriend) who has just left Amish community and is very serious about mora ...more
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After being caught shoplifting Sam Stonesong moved from Philadelphia to Lancaster. She’s struggling to stay part of the popular crowd and hoping to find a boyfriend. When she meets a mysterious guy in a pizza parlor things start looking up. As Sam works to build a relationship her issues with her mom and her popular friends start to get worse, and Zach is definite
Samantha (WLABB)
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya, diverse
Following her parents divorce and a scape with the law, Samantha and her mother relocate from Philadelphia to Lancaster AKA Dutch Country. While she is attempting to navigate a complicated social structure, she meets Zach, who may be “the guy” she needs to accomplish Plan P — the search for her first boyfriend. While everything else in her world appears to be unravelling, Samantha also begins to worry that Zach may return to his Amish life. Will yet another person leave her behind?

When I saw thi
Karen Eisenbrey
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Stonesong is 16 and re-booting her life. After moving with her mom to Lancaster, PA, she's in a new school and has decided to be a new Sam, with a best friend and a boyfriend. She already has the best friend, pretty, popular Madison, who has gotten her a spot in the “in” crowd. And then she meets Zach, who is gorgeous, kind, likes books … and thinks Sam is worth his time. Although her new friends get a lot of mileage out of Amish jokes, it doesn't occur to her that that might be why Zac ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Also profound in terms of its examining of religion and power. The lead character is smart in her academics but socially awkward. I know lots of people like that. The Amish guy is noble but the author looks at that community realistically.

This is for smart readers who like complexity in their plots and who enjoy characters that are believable with flaws and secrets. Highly recommend.
Lisa Lavelle
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a few (of the short) chapters to get into it, but it was well worth it - and then I couldn't stop reading it. I loved the way Debby used her experience growing up to add to more diversity in YA fiction. ...more
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