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How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation Novel) Paperback – October 8, 2006
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Grade 8-10–Amy Nelson is a stereotypical spoiled teen who has stereotypical plans for her summer vacation: shopping, friends, boyfriend. Then, out of nowhere, her long-absent father calls to inform her that the grandmother whom she has never met is ill and that Amy needs to go to Israel to meet her. Before the teen can say, But I'm not even Jewish! she is on an Israeli moshav sharing a room with a cousin who hates her for being a spoiled American, lusting after a brooding older boy on the verge of his mandatory military service, and learning more than she ever thought possible about her faith, her family, their history, and their present. The characters are stock, and the lessons Amy learns are expected, but readers are still drawn into her story. The lightness of the narrative sometimes belies the depth of the topics on which it touches, but it is true to the manner in which many American teens would encounter these issues. Best for avid readers of realistic, high school dramedy.–Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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.,." A fun read that also digs deeper into complex emotions."
"Funny, sharp dialogue keeps the teen conversations fresh and true to life."
"A breezy read." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Fresh, fun and fabulous! Guaranteed NOT to ruin your summer vacation!" --Mari Mancusi, author of Boys that Bite
-A breezy read.- --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -Fresh, fun and fabulous! Guaranteed NOT to ruin your summer vacation!- --Mari Mancusi, author of Boys that Bite
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first of all, in the twenty first century teenagers name's aren't usually Osnat, Ofra. It's more like: Maya, Mia, Noa, Dana, Natalie...
2. I am 19, which means that I am a soldier.We, soldires, are not, I repeat, are NOT bodyguards or work in any security company. We do not stand in airports with guns, outside of clubs (which we don't call disco- number three of the list that bothered me) checking I.D's and being called when there's a fight- That is for the police to take care of.
What we REALLY do is: guard our country. Not the clubs or hotels, but the country itself! So reading about soldiers being like bodyguards just had me wanting to explain to you all that it's not true.
3. We don't say disco anymore. My dad didn't even say disco when he was a teen. Just wanted to clarify things.
4. People don't lick one another at clubs. It's just wrong and gross!
Now about the book:
I, actually, really liked it. When I started reading it I thought it will be horrible, but I instantly liked it and read it in one sitting. Amy was sometimes annoying and too much to handle. I liked that she grew throughout the book.
I LOVED the cute relationship between Avi (a typical guy name, even now lol) and Amy. It took some time but I'm happy it happened.
I can't wait to read the second book and see what happens to Amy when she's in the US. I hope Avi will be involved.
Overall it was a fun read. I found myself laughing and smiling to myself most of the time. I really recommend this book. But again, I had to explain some stuff. I give this book 4 stars.
"Don't ask me how I came to be straddling no-shirt-cute-jerk."
"Sometimes we have to prove to other we're strong even when we're not."
Favorite Character: Amy. She is just so hilarious, and she made this book worth reading!
"How does a relatively smart sixteen year old girl get stuck in a sucky situation she can't get out of?"
My Musings: First things first. This was the most hilarious series I have ever read in my entire life. Every single one of these books, on every single page, I was cracking up. Cracking up while reading at dinner, cracking up in the middle of class, cracking up while reading at night; just cracking up in general.
So this review is about How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. After reading the first few chapters, I was torn. The writing was very simplistic and sometimes redundant, but absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t figure out if I liked it or not. However, as the book progressed, the writing helped me develop a sense of identity pertaining to the main character, Amy. Although not nearly as eloquently written as many of the novels that I have read, the writing style was unique, and it fit the tone of the book perfectly.
Amy is your typical city girl; so when she is sent to spend her summer in Israel with her estranged father, of course she just about has a cow! Who wouldn’t? I mean, Israel is a war zone for God’s sake! (That, of course, is Amy’s opinion on the matter). Why should she have to spend her summer there?! So Amy is not happy to begin with. So when she arrives to find out her cousin, who she’s sharing a room with, and her cousin’s friend positively hate her, she b believes things can’t get worse. But I’ll stop now, before I tell you what happens in the whole story!
Amy’s character is unique to say the least. I enjoyed her thoughts and rants. It was refreshing. She really matures and grows over the course of the novel. It was a good change to see, and I enjoyed seeing it change even more in the second and third novel. And needless to say, of course I loved Avi’s character; well, maybe not at first, but once he started softening, of course! He was absolutely swoon worthy. I loved the interactions between Avi and Amy. They are, to say the least, polar opposites. They’re adorable.
The plot of this novel was pretty exciting, even though it was contemporary. This novel was a good and easy read, and I really enjoyed it. It was a good read, and I recommend it to anyone who loves them some comedy and romance!