Ruined (How to Ruin, #1-3)
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Ruined (How to Ruin #1-3)

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Available exclusively through Borders, Simone Elkeles's 'How to Ruin' series combined into one book.

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...more
Paperback, Borders Exclusive, 779 pages
Published September 2010 by Flux
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♪ Maria ♫
Hey, Simone! Well, I'll get straight to the point. Yesterday, I was TOTALLY gonna buy the three How to Ruin books at Borders but the first book (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation) wasn't there. But I saw RUINED, which contained ALL 3 BOOKS! I FLIPPED!!!! And it was only $9.99! I couldn't have asked for more. But, the thing is, my dad was there and once he saw the cover it pretty much went down-hill from there. Now, I'm stuck reading the Bible for I don't know how long. No joke. My dad instantly told...more
Marblezzie (Blez)
I never expected to like this book series (Ruined Book 1-3), but honestly I’ve really enjoyed reading it. It was mostly entertaining because it was about a sixteen-year old young woman’s struggle in understanding her many complexities in her young life.

But Amy’s summer vacation in Israel which she absolutely loathed in the beginning had dramatically changed her many views in life. And as her story unfolded, I was able to appreciate the transformation in her especially when she had had to deal w...more
Wow! Where do I start?
I'm a HUGE fan of Simone Elkeles, anyone who knows me personally can attest to the fact that many, MANY of my stauts updates include quotes from her books. While many of her other books are humorous, they also take us to a deeper, darker place and teach so many life lessons that I seriously think they should be required reading for all teens in, say, 8th grade english.
The Ruined series, however, not only teaches lessons but cranks that humor up about 12 levels. This woman,...more
Amazingly entertaining, funny and a heartwarming tale of one's girl's knack for ruining things - and how maybe, on a trip of family and self-discovery to Israel, she can realise (with a little help from her whacky family, her not-so-father father and Avi (the Brooding One)) that not everything in life is ruined if you know how to look at it.
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The first thought that came to my mind while i was reading this book: DEAR JOHN!!! it's like an israeli version of dear john!!
I really liked this book. i think it was really romantic. i loved Avi and i loved Amy, she was really different from most protagonists in books.
i rarely laugh WHILE im reading a book, but while reading this i found my mom shouting at me from the other room: "WHAtS SO FUNNY?"
Another part of me thought that this book was a little bit unrealistic, i cant really explain...more
After finishing Chain Reaction, I decided to dust off Simone Elkeles's first series which I already had but never got a chance to read. After finishing all three books (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation), I've decided this particular author has improved leaps and bounds over the years. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy these books, but they were clearly written by a less experienced author. The best way I can put it is this: it...more
This had three books in one. I'm going to rate them separately. Amy started out flawed, but quirky and lovable. I knew there were 3 books so I was expecting emotional growth, maturity, character development...didn't happen by book 3. She was actually even more immature, selfish, vacuous, ridiculous, and annoying in book 3 than in book 1! I had a hard time understanding why Avi still loved her by the end. She lied, was inconsistent, and obnoxious. I know it's a high school book, but I was wanting...more
Por alguna razon le di 5 de 5 estrellas a esta saga y preferi hace un comentario sobre los tres juntos. Recomiendo esta saga a cualquiera que quiera reir a carcajadas y ponerse a pensar seriamente sobre lo que estamos haciendo con nuestra vida, aprendi que el amor verdadero existe solo hay que saber en donde buscar, que hasta una chica malcriada de chicago se puede enamorar del mas guapo soldado israeli y mantener esa relacion por muchisimo tiempo. aprendi de la religio judia y me imagine estand...more
4⅓ stars

Amy was a character that I didn't like at first. Thought she was very bitchy and really didn't like her attitude, but she eventually grew on me. (And when a character can make me laugh, well, that's a good thing. haha) Out of the three books, How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation was definitely my favorite. Wish there was more, but I am satisfied with what we got.

About the cover, that's not how Amy was described... But, oh well, at least the guy seems to fit Avi's description. I like i...more
Kendra /Books Complete Me
I love Simone Elkeles and this is the only series by her I hadn't yet read, so when I found it all together in one book, of course I had to get it. And I was not disappointed. I devoured this book. I have to remind myself that when I pick up a Simone Elkeles book, that I have to make sure I don't have anything else to do, because I just can't put her books down.
If you haven't read any of these books, I highly recommend doing it in this form, so you have them all at your fingertips and can read...more
I enjoyed this series of books because I loved the main character, Amy, plus when the story took place in Israel, It was interesting. Amy's got moxie! Wish I had her confidence when I was that age. And she is hilarious! I also loved Amy's spirituality. You don't really get any religion in mainstream literature, unless it's done with a mocking tone. Fun read! I'm sad my time with Amy and Avi is over.
Erin Eaton
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Doreen Manalang
Another sequel to this, please? =)
I'm falling in love over and over again with Avi and Amy <3
Darynda Jones
Oct 22, 2010 Darynda Jones marked it as to-read
I've been dying to read these, and what a cute cover!!!
Camille ღ
love it so much!!! simone elkekes rocks!!! :))
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 t...more
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A light-hearted angst-free romance read.

The thing that I usually hate about YA romance is that they are FULL of angst. And I can't stand angst. Really, I was a teenager once, and I work with teenagers every day... very rarely do I see students with the amount of anguish in their lives that you find in YA novels. I like to read books that make me happy, not depressed!

I have read every book by Simone Elkeles. I have enjoyed all of her books; however, this was my least favorite. I agree with anothe...more
If you like suspense and adrenaline running through your body while your reading, Ruined, is the book for you. Ruined is a three book romance novel written by Simone Elkeles about a seventeen year old girl name, Amy, who is trying to learn what being herself truly means. While she's dragged to Israel by her father she meets an eighteen year old guy name Avi, and they start to have this romantic summer fling. But when the summer is over Amy is forced to return to America while Avi has to stay beh...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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 na...more
After over two months, I finally have to accept the fact that I don't really like this book. I've tried to finish it many times, but I just can't force myself to complete it. The cover is fantastic, but the contents aren't quite as good.

This book is an omnibus of three novels: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, ,i> How to Ruin My Teenage Life, and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation. As the seal on the cover explains, this omnibus is currently only available at Borders.

The first tells the st...more
Heather Tisdale
I had fun reading these. Amy is admittedly, incredibly annoying. She's one of those characters that are very immature and has to learn how to grow up. There are times when she does and times when she backtracks into being her. This will probably annoy a lot of people. There were times when she did, but at the same time I liked that the character didn't have one moment that made her alter for good and suddenly change herself completely. It's a process that has to be worked on. However, she was st...more
Ali Raphael
I just have to say I love love love these cover models, I will read anything if they are on it. They are so cute together, and are getting married!!! ok so back to the book, I read this book while I was at Jewish camp, and it helped me understand a lot more and I felt I could really relate to the plot line, and it didn't hurt to have to smoldering hot guy on the cover.
hey simone i read all your books and its really amazing. I always fall in love with the chacters you describe in the books. And now i am really like the character of AVI in this books. Now i really want to the thoughts of AVI... Please can you write the book AVI point of view....
This was another great effort from Simone Eckeles. This book is 3 titles in one (exclusive with Borders) and had a great flow through all 3. This book dealt with teenage romance, Mid East politics, religion and spirituality, family challenges and finding yourself. She did this through humor and heartfelt moments. Though I found Amy annoying at times, I understand what made her unique and why everyone loved her so much. I love the way she took the time to build up Amy's relationships with Avi, Na...more
Sep 30, 2010 Penny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
This is a compilation of all 3 of the ruined books. Part of me wishes Simone Elkeles had stopped at the sequel. I felt like the third book was the same issue as the second book just told from the opposite perspective. I also didn't think it was too realistic that Amy and Avi wouldn't have sex. I get Amy's reasons for holding out, it just didn't seem realistic to the situation they were in. In any case, I thought Amy and Avi were fun, but the secondary characters were really under developed. Defi...more
this book is now one of my favorites! it's about a girl amy who is sent away to israel to meet her fathers family. the father who walked out on her and her mom. when she goes to see them she meets avi a hot and very strong guy who well hates her just as much as she hates him. the only thing is he is very helpful and nice to her and helps her with all of her problems. so maybe he does like her. when they start to learn about each other there and bond maybe too much for her. and what happens when...more
I read these three books separately but saves me writing a review 3 times :)
I loved these books, they are funny and just plain great. There girly too which is great because I'm a sucker for a good romantic story and these books take it that little bit extra by adding in real life things such as split family's, bad relationships, jealousy, army, war, religion...but it doesn't bore the reader it keeps them entertained and that's what I like about books!

Amy and Avi and are just too CUTE I have got...more
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Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of...more
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