Sunday, 25 November 2012

How to Ruin - Simone Elkeles

Hi!

Another book that I've read a long time ago, but here's the review.

Short description
Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.

Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.
Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…
Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

My opinion
How to ruin are the first books Simon Elkeles wrote. And you notice it. They are still great, but they are missing something. In her next books the characters always have to deal with some (major) problems. But in How to ruin that wasn’t the case. The biggest problem  of Amy was that her boyfriend lived miles away from him. Still I loved reading the books. The characters were funny, the boy loveable (as always) and they were well written. So if you are looking for a quick, relaxing, feel good, funny read this books are definitely what  you are looking for!
Stars
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation: ****
  • How to Ruin My Teenage Life: ****
  • How to Ruin My Boyfriend's Reputation: *****
Extra
Author: Simone Elkeles
See you later xx
El

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