Series: How to Ruin #3
Publisher: Flux on November 8, 2009
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Amy Nelson-Barak, 17, is back in this third installment about a Jewish-American teen learning how to live and love in peace. She signs up for 10 days of training with the Israel Defense Force as soon as she finds out that her long-distance boyfriend, Avi, will be on base as well. But things turn out to be different from what she'd hoped for. She sleeps in a bunk bed underneath coils that look ready to give way, she's being worked to the bone, and the bathrooms are hardly up to her standards. Worst of all, Avi doesn't seem remotely thrilled that she's there. Is something going on between him and a fellow soldier? Strong, beautiful, and able to be with Avi all the time, Liron is everything Amy wants to be. Even though the plot is predictable, readers can't help but get drawn in by Amy's fun way of telling her story, and they learn a lot about Israeli teens' mandatory military service. Elkeles catches new readers up to speed in no time.
“‘Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You’ll definitely be happier.'”
Favorite Character: Amy. She’s hilarious in this novel, as always.
“Hi, my name is Amy Nelson-Barak.”
My Musings: Like the previous books in this series, this novel managed to keep me very entertained Written in hysterical prose, we delve into the life of Amy Nelson-Barak as she ventures to army camp in order to see her Israeli soldier. Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games for Amy, as she soon finds out. But who’d blame her? I’d risk it all for a boy like Avi!
The plot, like the other books, wasn’t very intricate; however, it keeps you laughing as you experience boot camp through Amy’s eyes. Amy is comical and didn’t let me down at all. I was bursting out in random laughter every other page! Avi was handsome and brooding as always, although we do get to see some of what his life is like in the Israeli army. I loved watching Avi and Amy’s relationship evolve even more as reality of their situation sets in; I am extremely happy that they were able to overcome their differences.
Overall, the book is a must read for summer or whenever you feel like laying back and reading. It’ll keep you engaged and giggling the entire time. It’s a fun read, and i’m sad that it’s over. I’ll be keeping a look out for other Simone Elkeles novels in the future; I want to see what else she has in store.