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Ruined (How to Ruin #1-3)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  1,767 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
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
Paperback, Borders Exclusive, 779 pages
Published September 2010 by Flux
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Aug 25, 2011 Samara rated it it was amazing
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,
Oct 15, 2010 Marblezzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, must-reads
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
Oct 03, 2010 Hannah-Linn rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
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.
Jan 09, 2011 alex rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2010 Ariana rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
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
Devz Milady
Sep 13, 2015 Devz Milady rated it really liked it
This review is for the entire series.

Oh Gosh!

I congratulate Simone for building a sizzling romantic story without many intimate moments or even sex scenes.
Yet the tension between 2 characters is interesting and the story plot itself is quite likeable and relateable.

Amy is a city girl from Chicago who has endless 1st-world-teen-crises and teen frustrations that comes with a pampered Teen life in Chicago.
Avi is a soldier in IDF and cannot think of a future for 3 yrs he is in the army.

The duo meet
Jul 31, 2013 Kady rated it liked it
Shelves: library-download, ya
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
Apr 05, 2013 Dirce rated it it was amazing
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
Kendra /Books Complete Me
Feb 24, 2011 Kendra /Books Complete Me rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books
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
Sep 08, 2010 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, own
4 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 it
Mar 21, 2011 Marilyn rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2010 Erin Eaton rated it it was amazing
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Doreen Manalang
Jan 05, 2013 Doreen Manalang rated it it was amazing
Another sequel to this, please? =)
I'm falling in love over and over again with Avi and Amy <3
Camille ♡
Oct 25, 2010 Camille ♡ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, series
love it so much!!! simone elkekes rocks!!! :))
Ella Zegarra
Dec 20, 2016 Ella Zegarra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
*suspiro de satisfacción*
Darynda Jones
Oct 22, 2010 Darynda Jones marked it as to-read
I've been dying to read these, and what a cute cover!!!
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
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Sep 27, 2010 Nan rated it it was ok
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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 16, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
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
Jan 21, 2015 Haley rated it it was amazing
You know what I really hate!?! When a great book or series has a shit ending! I LOVED all three book, especially the last one, but I could honestly use two maybe three more books in the series. This ending we got was ridiculous!!! The last two series I've loved and read have had such shitty open-ended endings its super frustrating!!! I need to know what happens to everyone, like do Jessica and Tarik make it work? What about Nathan and Tori? Or Miranda and Noah? I need a senior year book, a fresh ...more
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
Sep 16, 2012 Whitney rated it it was amazing
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
Heather T
Jan 10, 2011 Heather T rated it liked it
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
I made the very big mistake in the 8th grade of bringing this book to school. Bringing a book to school wasn't unusual for me. In fact, I did it every day. The problem this time was the cover. Once the boys saw the front of the book, they were convinced I had brought porn to school. Eventually, a teacher requested I cover the book with some looseleaf or she would have to confiscate it. Ugh, Catholic school.

I wish the Ruined series had had nearly as much controversy as the cover did. The spark
Nov 10, 2010 Ronna rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2010 Maddie rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2012 Love2read rated it liked it
Not my favorite work by this author, but a fun read nonetheless. My favorite book by Simone is Perfect Chemistry.
As far as Ruined goes I enjoyed the scenery, but I found the development borderline unbelievable. Location and people in the book were also fun to read about.
Simone Elkeles is an author I enjoy. Hence I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes love stories without the intrinsic details of a traditional romance novel.
This is a YA novel. The characters are teens going into adul
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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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Other Books in the Series

How to Ruin (3 books)
  • How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin, #1)
  • How to Ruin My Teenage Life (How to Ruin, #2)
  • How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation (How to Ruin, #3)

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