Mini-Review: How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles

Posted 25 October, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

Mini-Review: How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone ElkelesHow to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles
Series: How to Ruin #2
Publisher: Flux on June 1, 2007
Source: Library
Pages: 288
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In this sequel to How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, EVERYTHING in sixteen-year-old Amy Nelson Barak's life is going wrong! Her mom got married and moved to the suburbs, and now they are going to have a baby. Amy moves in with her dad in Chicago and signs him up for an online dating service. His first four dates are that night . . .
What else? Her dog Mutt impregnated her grumpy neighbor's prized poodle, so Amy will actually have to get a part-time job to pay for half the veterinary bill. And there's this totally annoying boy, Nathan Rubin, who just moved into her apartment building. Luckily, Amy has a cute boyfriend named Avi. Only he's more like a non-boyfriend considering Avi is in the Israeli army for the next three years.

What's a girl to do when everyone is conspiring to ruin her life?
Favorite Quote(s):

“I didn’t kidnap you for nothing, you know.”

“‘Because I’d rather have you not tell our kids their dad declared his love in the back seat of a car.'”

Favorite Character: Avi. I loved the insight on his character.
First Line:

“My name is Amy Nelson-Barak.”

My Musings: This book was great. It was funny, filled with against and drama, as well as romantic and swoonworthy. It was like, the perfect get away and easy read. Like the previous novel, Elkeles kept me laughing the entire course of the book. The characters were great. Amy is Amy. We dive deeper into Avi’s mind. We get introduced to new character Nathan. We get a love triangle. We get a kidnapping scheme. And we get a plot that is absolutely hysterical. This book is a great one sit read. The writing style is very similar to that of the first novel. It’s easy to understand and it flows.

The one thing that stood out to me in the novel was the relationships between the characters. Amy’s friends and boyfriend make me jealous. I need a Avi and a Nathan in my life. I’d totally switch places with Amy! With a non-extensive plot and hilarious dialogue, this novel is a must read when you have a reading lull!

4 Stars

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