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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (November 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738718793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718798
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—Amy Nelson-Barak, 17, is back in this third installment about a Jewish-American teen learning how to live and love in peace. She signs up for 10 days of training with the Israel Defense Force as soon as she finds out that her long-distance boyfriend, Avi, will be on base as well. But things turn out to be different from what she'd hoped for. She sleeps in a bunk bed underneath coils that look ready to give way, she's being worked to the bone, and the bathrooms are hardly up to her standards. Worst of all, Avi doesn't seem remotely thrilled that she's there. Is something going on between him and a fellow soldier? Strong, beautiful, and able to be with Avi all the time, Liron is everything Amy wants to be. Even though the plot is predictable, readers can't help but get drawn in by Amy's fun way of telling her story, and they learn a lot about Israeli teens' mandatory military service. Elkeles catches new readers up to speed in no time. A great book for libraries that have well-used realistic fiction sections and a must where the first two titles are popular.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
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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.


More About the Author

Simone Elkeles is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series, Leaving Paradise series and How to Ruin series. Simone is super excited about her newest series, Wild Cards. All three books in the Perfect Chemistry series have been YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Simone 2008 Author of the Year. Simone's funny way of looking at the world shines through in novels that are bursting with sarcastic wit, edgy characters, and exhilarating drama. You can find her at www.simoneelkeles.com.

Be sure to check out Simone's book trailers at http://www.youtube.com/user/selkeles

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I love Simone Elkeles books and I am 33 years old.
ToTellTheTruth
Hopefully Simone will pull a few more books out of her creative sleeve so we all can read more about Amy and Avi.
Smitten With Books
Definitely college aged and older since there is plenty of reading about sex among high schoolers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Camo is back in fashion for the summer, and Amy Nelson-Barak is ready to show off her style. Not in the states, however, but all the way in Israel.

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?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ToTellTheTruth on August 11, 2012
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I love Simone Elkeles books and I am 33 years old. It's definitely geared toward y ounger girls hs/college, but I am a romantic at heart and I love the love story between Avi and Amy. I beg Simone to please, please write Book 4 in the How to Ruin Series. I felt like there was no closure to this story. I cried at the end because it was sad in a happy way, but there is more to this story that needs to be told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2012
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Loved this series - I hope there is more to come!!! Avi is sooo HOT! Whew! When I started this series I expected a sweet teenage love story, this was so much more. Not only is the love story fierce, just the overall background to the story is so interesting & endearing. I'm nowhere near Jewish, but I was so intrigued by the culture, religion and language that were shared throughout the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Black on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is more of a 3.5 rather than a 4. This time Amy's adventure takes her to Israeli Defence Force boot camp. And she has her friends with her also. But her motives are far different from theirs. She only wants to see Avi and spend time with him. Except he's a soldier now and can't just drop out of duty just to be with his girlfriend ( he has no idea she's arriving, I might add).

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on August 5, 2010
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I love all of Simone Elkeles' books but this series is definitely my favorite. . . in fact, after a summer spent reading about 5-6 books a week, I would say that this book is probably my favorite of all of them!

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.
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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. Amy was hilarious! I enjoyed the inside look at the Israeli army, the chemistry and mishaps between Amy and her unique group of friends, as well as the misunderstandings, chemistry and suspense in Amy and Avi's relationship. Great read!
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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. I always have a waiting list for the three books in this series.
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