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How to Ruin a Summer Vacation

(How to Ruin #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  9,920 ratings  ·  709 reviews

Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home. 

Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Ne

Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 8th 2006 by Flux
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Morgan F
Damn, I haven't written a review in forever. Seriously, I am like 13 books behind or something. So, I am going backwards, reviewing the freshest ones first. Here goes.

This is my second Simone Elkeles book. I read Perfect Chemistry, and enjoyed it, but for some reason it took me two years to pick up another Elkeles.

I'm not sure if How to Ruin a Summer Vacation was the right one for me. Young Adult books are supposedly marketed for teenagers, but I'm not so sure about that one. Just looking at m
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, before I start reviewing the book I have to say a couple of things a bout Israel. I live in Israel. My mom lived in the US for 20 years and moved to Israel because of my dad, therefore I read only english books and speak english better then I speak hebrew.. Sad I know. I started reading this book knowing it will be a fun read about a book that's written from Americans perspective about Israel. About Israeli's and American's being together. While I was reading this book I understood that the ...more
amy is looking forward to a summer of tennis camp and hanging out with her new boyfriend. suddently, her parents change her plans for her. now she is going to israel with her estranged father to meet her grandmother, who is ill. israel is full of unexpected surprises: a sweet grandma, a jealous cousin, a cute but arrogant boy, an annoying dog.

i think i would have really enjoyed this book in 8th grade! unfortunately, i'm not in 8th grade anymore and it takes more than some steamy make-out scenes
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
You just cant go wrong with Simone Elkeles. She turns everything she touches in gold. Check this one out. It was a fun read altogether. A little family drama,some friendship stuff and we cant forget about romance. Oohhh yeah baby! ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
While I liked this book, I'd have liked there to be more of some things in it and less of others.
I'd have liked to read more about Amy's talks with her Safta. She seems to immediately connect with her, worries about her health, but why? Because the older woman has her eyes? This is the basis of her beginning to change, I'd have liked to be in on more of their conversations.
I'd have liked more of the Jewish traditions, the Seder, keeping Kosher, their beliefs.
I'd have liked more of h
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I'm sorry, is it just me or this book actually feels broken and incomplete?

Ok, let's start from the beginning. The protagonist Amy is one of the most annoying characters I've ever encountered in a book. And I mean it. Her head is a hollow space filled with crazy thoughts, constantly triggered by what appears to be ADD on the loose, and a boobs fixation that's just about over the roof. And her emotions? Don't even get me started there, 'coz there's nothing positive I can say about that. People, s
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Hmm, I don’t have too much to say about this one. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation was a quick and fun read; a pretty predictable story addressing all the typical teenager problems and insecurities. The romance was cute, the love interest hot and the heroine...well, she was a piece of work. I can definitely see why people don’t like her. She’s overdramatic, shallow and selfish but in this typical teenage OMG-everything’s-so-unfair-and-the-whole-world-is-against-me kind of way. Several times I found ...more
Anne Osterlund
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy has plans for her summer.
They don’t include her father, Ron, and his surprise trip to Israel. Or the dog who eats her Ferragamo sandal, the snotty cousin who barely tolerates her, or sheep.
Much less rude-hot-guy-without-his-shirt.

But then Amy’s plans didn’t include her awesome grandmother either. Or the trip down the rapids of the Jordan river. Or the hike up Mt. Masada.

Sometimes the best moments are totally unplanned.

Simone Elkeles is one of my new favorite authors. I haven’t found a novel
Я очень люблю серию «Идеальная химия» Симоны Элькелес, в свое время это была моя первая серьезная работа по редактуре любительского перевода, и она покорила меня (особенно первая книга). Прекрасные герои, запретная любовь и препятствия, которые должны были преодолеть влюбленные. Я влюбилась в стиль и язык Симоны, и в ее, пусть местами и наивные, но такие притягательные сказки о любви.

Но почему то остальные серии автора не произвели на меня такого же впечатления. Я открывала и начинала читать «Ка
Oct 30, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: girls who identify with selfish brats
Shelves: for-work
This got on the 2007 Teens' Top Ten List????? This book was horrible. The only reason it didn't get 0 stars from me was because I was able to finish it - barely. Even until the very end the main character was a selfish brat. Having 3 whole conversations with a grandmother that she's never met before and loves her and decides she wants to become Jewish; the conversations were short and shallow. The authors description of a kayak makes me wonder if she's ever seen one. Amy and Avi say nothing but ...more
Hmmm goodreads ratings are odd. I mean this was okay. Probably slightly better than 2.5 stars, but certainly not 5 stars and all the raving comments. Maybe if i was a teenager I might like it but the protagonist annoyed me. but then it was a story of redemption which was nice and yes I'll probably continue with eh series :) Haha, yes I'm not a "deep" reader in my mid-week reading slumps"
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I've come to really enjoy Simone Elkeles' writing, and How to Ruin a Summer Vacation did not disappoint...not one bit! I loved the storyline, characters, setting, dialog and plot. From beginning to end, it was all perfectly blended and executed. Every character in the book added substance to the novel and I came to care for every one of them. In addition, the storyline progressed at a perfectly rapid pace, which kept me riveted the entire time.

About the story: Amy Nelson has a
May 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Not the best. I didn't like Amy and thought she was pretty annoying for most of the narrative. I appreciated the coming-of-age theme but I felt like that came up short and Amy's whole "I'm Jewish" realization seemed kind of rushed and forced. I didn't think the relationship between Amy and Ron was developed enough and don't even get me started on how surface-level Amy and Avi were. Read her other books instead.
Paula Leav
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Es increíble la manera de escribir de Elkeles. Es el primer libro que leo de esta autora y me ha encantado. No me esperaba para nada una historia así, realmente aprendí mucho sobre la cultura Israelí, y los personajes me enamoraron por completo.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Read: 15.03.2013
2. Read: 24.06.2016
Sep 07, 2014 marked it as scrapped-crap
That awkward moment when you forget you feckin hate an author and start reading another one their books... and it all comes flooding back to you.
I must be in the summer-ish mood since I wanted to read this book.

I was also kind of excited because I wanted to know how this character was going to ruin a vacation. I have personally ruined tons of vacations (not necessarily all in the summer) due to being sick. Name any family vacation - I've been sick. Like the plague kind of sickness that basically ruins all of the fun for my family. IT'S NOT MY FAULT MOM AND DAD.

They probably got my sick in the first place. Pftt .. adults.

Now reading this
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little repetitive on certain aspects and a little bit boring somewhere in between, but getting to read about Israel/Palestine/ The Holy Land - Beautiful & rich with history, through a teenager’s point of view was actually quite amazing! ☺💯 ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I never would have thought, after reading Elkeles' steamy, hardcore romance novels, that she would be able to write and pull off a light, cute Chick-Lit read. But she SO did! How to Ruin a Summer Vacation surpassed all my mediocre expectations. I had an inkling that the romance would be worthwhile from past experiences, but so was everything else; from the loveable, quirky characters to the interesting religious background and how could I forget--- the main hottie!

Amy's fabulous Summer plans are
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

All Amy Nelson wanted was to have a regular summer. To spend time with her best friend, Jessica, and her new boyfriend. But that won't happen for Amy by a long shot. It seems that her estranged father wants her to go back to Israel with him to visit her grandmother. Sure, going to Israel may seem exciting to most people, but not for Amy. Not when there are wars going on and the fact that she has to go with a man that she hardly
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I'll tell you one thing, I won't be jumping on the Simone Elkeles fanwagon for this book.

Ok, I hated this book (yeah and I still gave it two stars, so what?). Amy had to be up there with one of the worst protagonists ever. Wow. She was rude, spoiled, immature, obnoxious, selfish... you get the point. At the beginning of the book she gets mad at her dad and says some mean things (they have a history so it's not surprising) to him. She makes a point of saying that she's not really that rude ("trul
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lib
This book was awesome! Simone Elkeles completely rocks!

How To Ruin a Summer Vacation is about a girl named Amy who doesn't want to believe she even as a father and she sure as hell doesn't want to go away with him back to country where war very much exists, for her summer vacation. Needless to say Amy is going to have an awful three months.
Or will she?

I have to say, this book took me by surprise, I guess I didn't know what I was expecting, but I guess it's like that with ever Elkeles book I read
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, after reading the Paradise and the Perfect Chemistry books by Simone I definitely can say Im a fan of her writing.
She has this unique and very fun way to tell a story and I really like it.

So, I had to start this series of hers as well. Just out of curiousity and pure excitement and... hmm, Im not too impressed.

It sure is a fun little read. With a lot of humour and drama and politics. But it just was not as great as her other novels. By far not. :(

I really liked the way Simone describes Isr
Cyn  (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash)
March 21, 2018 read || 3.5 stars

Amy is a bratty American teen who is looking forward to tennis camp and making the high school team, but her plans go awry when her absent biological father invites her to go to Israel with him.

I definitely see why I liked this so much the first time. The writing is so simple and I couldn't put it down haha (except for sleep {a book get an added star if it makes me loose sleep :P }). Amy is annoying at the start but there is character growth :)

May 5, 2013 read ||
Ich versprach mir eine locker-leichte, humorvolle, sommerliche Liebesgeschichte, die mich aus meiner sich anbahnenden Leseflaute holen würde und genau das habe ich bekommen. Simone Elkeles erzählt die Geschichte der sechzehnjährigen Amy, die von ihrer Mutter dazu verdammt wird, mit ihrem leiblichen Vater, zu dem sie gelinde gesagt ein eher unterkühltes Verhältnis pflegt, nach Israel zu reisen. Dort soll sie ihre im Sterbebett liegende Großmutter kennenlernen. Zunächst ist Amy davon alles andere ...more
ijul (yuliyono)
Romantis dan relijius

Judul: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1)
Pengarang: Simone Elkeles
Editor: Andrew Karre
Penerbit: -
Tebal: 234 hlm (ebook)
Terjemahan: --belum tersedia--

Aku, Amy Nelson, harus terjebak pada pengaturan orangtuaku, Nelson dan Ron Barak. Oh, harus kutegaskan, orangtuaku nggak pernah menikah. Mereka hanyalah pasangan one-night stand yang akhirnya membuatku lahir ke dunia ini. Oh, kau menyebutku anak haram? Nggak masalah, aku sudah tahu jauh sebelum kau bilang beg
Princess Bookie
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: First off, I just want to say that I am reviewing all 3 books in this one review. The other titles in the series are How To Ruin My Teenage Life and How To Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation. We are introduced to Amy who lives with her mom. Her dad has been in and out of her life throughout the years but he calls and wants Amy to go to Israel because her grandmother whom she has never meant and to learn more about his home country and her family. Amy goes and spends time there and it ...more
Mariana Graça
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simone you did it again!First you drove me crazy with your Fuentes boys and now i'm in love with a new boy,Avi,the guy that is going to war! Seriously?Simone you have a hypnotic power!

First,We met Amy, a typical bossy teenager but guess what she's not the typical ya character,no,she was reject by her father who only calls her in special days,her mother get a new boyfriend like she can get a new dress so life isn't so easy.
The only thing Amy really wanted was to go to tennis camp with her outgoin
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amy is a 16 yrs old girl who loves coke and sushi with a big booby problem. haha
Nah! Im just joking but its one of Amy's never ending problems.
Definitely a great light read. First when Im reading this I keep thinking that shes like Megan in one if Kate Brian's book. But im wrong, she's one of the pretty tough ass chicks for me and also stubborn. but I like it.
She have to spend the rest of her summer vacation in his Dad place in Israel because of her "Safta". And she met a hot boy named Avi. It w
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na

This story is def young adult, but in saying that I read it to kill time and liked it. It made me smile.

It was light, fluffy, funny, witty and a quick read. Everything a YA Rom com should be.
Did I want to punch Amy in the head for being such a whiny bitch? Yes Yes I did. But That was Simone Elkeles objective so it worked.

I'll prob read the rest of the series to see what happens between Amy and Avi.
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