Official Review: OMG by Jenny Pivor

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Official Review: OMG by Jenny Pivor

Post by MarisaRose » 28 Jun 2019, 11:35

[Following is an official review of "OMG" by Jenny Pivor.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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OMG by Jenny Pivor is a thriller that follows Kylie Maynard, a young woman in her mid-twenties with a brilliant idea. Kylie comes from a wealthy family, and though her father wants her to follow in his footsteps and take a job in his business, Kylie has other plans. With a Harvard MBA and money from her trust fund, Kylie seeks to create a new app, OMG, which will help people make the best decisions possible for their lives. Imagine an app that could give you all the information available about a potential partner or a potential employer! Luckily for Kylie, a skilled programmer falls into her life and offers to build OMG for her. With the program up and running, Kylie realizes access to this type of information could be deadly in the wrong hands. As she seeks to sell her app to her political hero, she must simultaneously use OMG to help the FBI foil a dangerous plan involving chemical warfare.

The most enjoyable part of OMG is its main character. Kylie is an unlikely protagonist for a thriller: she doesn’t have any special skills and she isn’t a genius. In fact, Kylie is the total opposite of what one would expect from this genre. She is young and insecure, exhibiting many millennial traits some might find unflattering. For instance, Kylie is a trust-fund baby, with a Harvard MBA, trying to develop a best-selling app so she doesn’t have to get a real job. Although Kylie might sound unlikable at first glance, due to the expert development of her character, her flaws are what make her an enjoyable protagonist. Additionally, Kylie is driven, ambitious and caring; all of these positive traits further make her a character worth reading about. As a young woman, I could easily connect with Kylie’s fears about relationships, passion about politics, and strained relationship with her parents.

Moreover, many of the secondary characters are equally well developed. For instance, Simon, the geeky and somewhat-untrustworthy programmer Kylie employs to create OMG, added a touch of humor and a sense of suspicion to the story. Similarly, the quasi-villain, Lily, is given a detailed history to elicit some sympathy for her situation. Even Janice, the FBI agent tasked with protecting Kylie, is a fully-formed character with wants, desires and fears, instead of a carbon-copy detective like those that typically appear as a background character in a thriller. Pivor’s ability to create vastly different and equally interesting characters across the storyline brought this novel to life.

While the characters are enjoyable, the pacing is the shining star of OMG. The author skillfully presents Kylie with dangerous and time sensitive situations, but is careful not to drag any scenario out for too long. Further, there are many surprises in the plot that kept me feeling excited about the story. Espionage, political intrigue, advanced technology, difficult relationships and current events are all expertly wound together to create the webbed plotting that makes up OMG. Although there are a few occasions when one must suspended their disbelief to fully enjoy Pivor’s plotting, I had a hard time putting this book down and found all of the thematic elements to be well developed.

As much as I enjoyed the interesting characters and exciting plot, it is clear that OMG is in need of editing. OMG reads as a first draft in some places, with misplaced words appearing frequently and incorrect spelling of the main character’s name appearing occasionally. The errors became more apparent as the book went on. Though this book has a great story, the grammatical errors were overly distracting in places, mainly due to their frequency. Unfortunately, the errors force me to give an otherwise exceptional novel 3 out of 4 stars. Readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers and those who prefer a realistic protagonist, especially a female protagonist, are sure to enjoy Pivor’s OMG.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 29 Jun 2019, 13:25

I must confess, the book title made me smile and your beautiful review makes me want to read the book even more regardless of the editing errors.

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Post by Helene_2008 » 29 Jun 2019, 20:09

The cover of the book drew me definitely speaks thriller. Thank you for the thorough review. Kylie sounds like an interesting main character. I'm not a fan of millennial traits, so I'd be interested to read how her character develops.

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Post by Charlie19 » 30 Jun 2019, 01:49

i love to take a look at this book, it makes me excited..loved it! can't wait

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Post by Shadiid » 30 Jun 2019, 03:27

To me ,the book cover suggested "horror" .. I was a bit disturbed to read that there's nothing horrific in this book..great review 😘😘😘

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Post by Fazzier » 30 Jun 2019, 08:31

I enjoyed reading your review!
I like the idea behind this book, and there seem to be a lot I can enjoy, thanks to your review. Your wonderful descriptions of characterization and the plot of the book has intensified my interest of reading the story myself. Thank you so much for this excellent review!

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Post by Janalyn101 » 30 Jun 2019, 09:28

This book sounds so good! You did a great job explaining the plot, I love a page turner and will definitely put this on my book list. What a great review, thanks! Also overview about a rich girl who is also very intelligent, I’m up for that! :tiphat:

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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Jun 2019, 18:24

I most appreciate that the characters aren't quite what you'd think. That really makes a book special. I'm so curious what happens with Kylie and OMG. Thanks.
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Post by dorebri2020 » 02 Jul 2019, 14:06

This book sounds honestly incredible. The realism of the characters is appealing, and the cover art is beautiful. I'm glad to read a book with a main character that is perfectly average. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Wyland » 04 Jul 2019, 08:12

I think the plot is a good example of what happens when one has a lot of money and time on their hands than they know what to do with it. Nice review.

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Post by LinaMueller » 04 Jul 2019, 08:22

The idea of creating a new app which will help people make the best decisions possible for their lives is pretentious beyond belief. Nevertheless, the plot seems to nice to be ignored. :lol2:
Thanks for your review, Marisa. You did a good job.
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Post by Momof32019 » 15 Jul 2019, 19:59

I loved how the book was summerized to inform the new readers a great understand & point of view of the author.I most definitely would love to read this book to see how she was able to handle the trials and tribulations that she endured with coming up with the app&getting it advertised to the correct audience that would be more attracted to the operations of the apps audience. But most of all how it was used or caused the issue with the FBI with the chemical warfare and how they can get help solving with the app. I will love to read it and many other thrillers along side this on... Your review really made it all come to life with out given to kick information or not given enough information.

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