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Book 3 of 3 in the How to Ruin Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (November 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738718793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718798
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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My Review

Favorite Quote(s):

"'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.

First Line:

"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.
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