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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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.See all Editorial 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 2 months ago by kuruptx10
I enjoyed this series but I felt like the story wasn't close to being done.Published 7 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 14 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 20 months ago 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
Another really good book from Simone Elkeles! The last book of this serie was really good. I enjoyed it! Kinda sad its over thought.Published on May 5, 2012 by Claudine Corriveau