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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Ruin Trilogy

Title: Ruined
Series: How to Ruin # 1-3
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: September 2010
Book: Bought

"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."

I really enjoyed reading this series. Though it took me a while to get through it, all the books were great. I loved reading about Amy and learning about her life.
In the first book, How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, Amy is dragged to Israel with her non-existent father and there she began to find herself. I loved Amy not discovering who she is but finding her place in this world. All the time she felt lost and insecure. She is one  heck of a feisty person. I loved her nicknames for the people for names she couldn't pronounce (O'snot she called Snotty! HA) around her. She always made me snicker with her sarcastic and being straight up. I loved that she spoke her mind and didn't let anyone tell her what to do. She finds love and friendship in an expectant place.

In the next book, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, Amy is separated from the one that she loves and find another. Love got to love them! Amy comes upon some unexpected surprises in her life as well as her mothers. Amy is once again lost, but is sure to find herself in the line. The plot line of this book is full of drama, but very entertaining. Amy is still a feisty girl and needs to decide one and for all who she will choose.

In the last book, How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation, Amy is found once again in Israel proving to not only her father, herself, and her friends. Amy has made some mistakes and wants to show she can be Jewish. Amy has a better relationship now with her family in Israel as well as her mother and  father. You can really tell how much Amy has grown up in this book. There are again, problems in the relationship and some heart aches. Amy gets stronger in her psychical self as well as emotional. She is finally coming into her own and learning who she is. I love you Amy!

Overall, this is great read about love, life and relationship. We all struggle with who we are and who we want to be. But in the end, it what makes us happy that we see that we are content with where we are at. A great read and great story that I  can dive in over and over again!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I have this bind-up and I really should read it soon! Glad to know it's really good!! :D Thanks, Savy!

  2. I haven't heard of these! Sound so perfect! I love characters who find themselves. My fave YA theme especially for girls. I should read these.

  3. Great review! I love Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series so I think I should give this a try. And I love that cover :)

  4. @Jess, I had it forever and decided to get to it.

    @Melissa, characters were good. Very good at growing with the reader.

    @Nic, Love that series! Can't wait to read the next one.

  5. Omg wish they had this bind up in the UK. Looks good. Love Simone Elkeles

  6. I loved this series. I laughed out loud so many times. Each book was better than the last.

  7. i hope there will be the fourth


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