Title: How to Ruin
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publication: 2010
Publisher: Flux
Rating: 5 out 5

Synopsis: One girl
Two guys
Three hot summers

'How to Ruin a Summer Vacation'
Leaving Chicago to go to Israel with her estranged father is the last thing sixteen-year-old Amy wants to do--until she meets handsome but aloof Avi, an eighteen-year-old soldier in the Israeli army.

'How to Ruin My Teenage Life'
Can a guy truly be your boyfriend if he lives in a different country? Avi might think it's possible, but Amy's edgy classmate Nathan wants a chance to prove him wrong...

'How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation'
Signing up for a ten-day boot camp at the Israeli military base where Avi is stationed might not have been Amy's greatest idea--especially since Nathan is there, too.

Review: The "Ruined" pack you see above was sold exclusively at Boarders Books which is now out of business. This review I'm giving is for all three of the books instead of writing three reviews individually.

First off, I have never in my life heard of a Young Adult book that circled around Judaism. None. Simone bases this book on life in Israel, and is very interesting for the people who've never been there or want to learn more. Let's start with the main character, Amy. She's half Jewish, fun, strong willed, stubborn, high-maintenance, and impulsive. If you give her a challenge, she'll take it and wont stop until it's done. She does it without breaking a nail, which is always important to her. In the first book, she's in a type of farmland in Israel, so it's very difficult adapting. Being JAP (Jewish American Princess) where she's spending her "vacation" is impossible, so she learns how to cope in the new environment. Book two is based in Chicago, and three is back in Israel. You get to see Avi's home town in the first book, Amy's in the second, and how both their worlds collide in the third.

Now, let's talk about Avi, also known as "Mr. Extremely Sexy". At first he doesn't hit it off with Amy, seeing her as spoiled (which she is), lazy (which she is), and whiny (which she definitely is). Even though they both had a mutual dislike for one another, they also have a pull that get's them into situations which bring them closer. It's fun to see their feelings grow, and you'll see how they balance each other out. Avi has a calming effect on her, and that's one of the reasons they randomly end up together. He's also known to have an extremely healthy body. Amy narrates, "Avi is wearing black boxer briefs. That's it. His military-ripped bod should be outlawed. He's got a serious six-pack and has muscles in places I didn't even know existed." That's just a little teaser to get you started. How to Ruin has adventure, romance, comedy, teen angst, and morals. It's a definite to-read!

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I haven't read anything by Simone Elkeles yet, but I'm told she's very good.

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I love Simone Elkeles' books! Great review! Sadly I have only read the first book in this series, but I have read all of her Perfect Chemistry series, you should read them if you haven't yet and Leaving Paradise is good too.

OMG, I love Simone Elkeles since Perfect Chemistry.
I don't know she realeased another series, gotta catch this one.
Great review, btw :)

I have yet to read anything by this author, but I think I should get to it. I can honestly say I don't remember reading a negative thing about her and her writing. THey aren't the type that I usually read, but I am trying to start stepping out of my box. Maybe this is the perfect way to do just that.

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