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How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel) Paperback – November 8, 2009
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About the Author
Simone Elkeles is the author of Leaving Paradise and four other Flux novels, including How to Ruin Your Summer Vacation and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Repuation. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Rules of Attraction (Walker). A popular speaker at libraries around the country, when the author is not writing she TiVos reality television and watches teen movies. She lives near Chicago with her family and two dogs.
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Top Customer Reviews
After learning that her boyfriend, Avi, has to stay back for more training, Amy, along with her friends Miranda, Jessica, and the infamous Nathan, have all signed up for military boot camp that just so happens to be at the same base where Avi is currently training. SURPRISE!
Amy's plan is simple: go to boot camp, have the fun which the brochure advertises, and spend time with her Avi. But Amy should know that summers never turn out the way she expects.
Once there, Amy notices the lack of indoor plumbing, gourmet food, or ideal mattresses. It gets worse. They actually want her to train like how the real soldiers would! Even though the whole ordeal may not be Amy's cup of tea, she not only wants to make Avi proud, but she wants to prove her dad wrong. She vows to show him that she can survive without all of her necessities from back home - well, with the exception of make-up, hair straighteners, and designer sunglasses.
Already hating the environment, Amy is glad to finally see Avi, who just so happens to be the leader of her group. Little does she know that Avi has to keep their relationship professional, meaning they still won't have time to be alone together.
When things get bad, it has to get better... right? So what if Amy has to deal with bad meals and cold showers. The pretty girls there do not bother her either; she's the one that has Avi. Seems like the only thing that can bother Amy is a little secret that Avi has been keeping from her, that could just possibly tear them apart. Whoever said karma wasn't a big meanie?Read more ›
For the most part, again, this story was fun and Amy was as witty as ever. However she's taken a turn for worse by becoming a little too ignorant and whiny. She doesn't get why Avi can't spend time with her, or why they can't just make out like a boyfriend/girlfriend. She's naive to the max and it does become annoying after a while. She also gets a little too self-centred when it comes to her friends. Her whole world suddenly revolves around seeing Avi, speaking to Avi and getting Avi into trouble.
But by the end she does redeem herself and all loose ends are tied up. The ending didn't seem like a proper finale so I do hope the Elkeles thinks about writing a 4th.
Overall, not as good as the first two but heartwarming, funny and lighthearted.
Amy is a wonderful Main Character. She is feisty and spunky, but also sensitive and a loyal friend. While it pulls on your heart strings in several places, and makes you swoon in others, my favorite thing about this book is the fact that I start smiling at page one and don't stop until the end - well, with the exception of when I spit coke all over the place from laughing out loud!
I really hope Simone decides to continue Amy and Avi's story one day. As much as I love the Fuentes brothers series, and believe me, I love that series and can't wait for the final book to come out, and as much as I love Leaving Paradise, THIS is her true masterpiece I think.
"'Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You'll definitely be happier.'"
Favorite Character: Amy. She's hilarious in this novel, as always.
"Hi, my name is Amy Nelson-Barak."
My Musings: Like the previous books in this series, this novel managed to keep me very entertained Written in hysterical prose, we delve into the life of Amy Nelson-Barak as she ventures to army camp in order to see her Israeli soldier. Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games for Amy, as she soon finds out. But who'd blame her? I'd risk it all for a boy like Avi!
The plot, like the other books, wasn't very intricate; however, it keeps you laughing as you experience boot camp through Amy's eyes. Amy is comical and didn't let me down at all. I was bursting out in random laughter every other page! Avi was handsome and brooding as always, although we do get to see some of what his life is like in the Israeli army. I loved watching Avi and Amy's relationship evolve even more as reality of their situation sets in; I am extremely happy that they were able to overcome their differences.
Overall, the book is a must read for summer or whenever you feel like laying back and reading. It'll keep you engaged and giggling the entire time. It's a fun read, and i'm sad that it's over. I'll be keeping a look out for other Simone Elkeles novels in the future; I want to see what else she has in store.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love love amy that girl is crazy cool always in some sort of trouble and avi ohh my swoonworthy need to go to israel soo and find me one. Recommend this to anyonePublished 8 months ago by kuruptx10
I enjoyed this series but I felt like the story wasn't close to being done.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this 3rd installment of the How to Ruin series. I would say trilogy, but I'm hoping Simone will add another some day! I found myself laughing so often while reading this. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Susan Silberman
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 on January 6, 2014 by Kate M.
Not the best book I've ever read but is a cute ending to the series. Glad everything worked out between the two of them.Published on August 9, 2013 by K. McDevitt
Definitely college aged and older since there is plenty of reading about sex among high schoolers. I enjoyed learning about Israel though. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by sewcrazy