Author: Simone Elkeles

Average Rating: 4.38


Review: Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Posted 1 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Favorite Quote(s): “Seriously, Ashtyn, I bet my left nut you wouldn’t even notice if I got your dog fixed.’ ‘Your left nut?’ I ask. ‘Why not your right one? Guys never say they’ll bet their right nut, only their left. Why is that?’ ‘Because all guys know their right nut is the dominant one, so bettin’ the left one is a safe choice. Now don’t change the subject and answer my question.’” “When her boyfriend kissed her outside, I didn’t miss the silent ‘f**k you, she’s mine’ vibe he sent me. Ashtyn is oblivious. The guy obviously thinks he’s God’s gift to the universe, with his black Corvette convertible and dark sunglasses he doesn’t even take off when he’s kissing her. That’s like keeping your socks on when you’re having sex—complete douche move. I’m surprised Ashytn fell for that kind of guy, whose car is an extension of his d*ck.” “‘You want to break the rule?’ He nods slowly. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I’m tryin’ to push you away when all I want to do is hold you. I know you say you don’t want a hero, but damn I’d like to be that guy who’ll save you from spiders and whatever and whoever else hurts you.’” Favorite Character: Derek. I LOVE HIM!! First Line: “Getting caught wasn’t part of the plan.” My Musings: Now I’ve read some of Simone Elkeles’ […]


Mini-Review: How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Re..

Posted 29 October, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reptuation by Simone Elkeles

Check out my review of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1) Check out my review of How to Ruin My Teenage Life (How to Ruin #2) Favorite Quote(s): “‘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. First Line: “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 […]


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

Posted 25 October, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Mini-Review: How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles

Check out my review of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1) 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!


Review: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone El..

Posted 29 September, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Ellkeles

Favorite Quote(s): “Don’t ask me how I came to be straddling no-shirt-cute-jerk.” “Sometimes we have to prove to other we’re strong even when we’re not.” Favorite Character: Amy. She is just so hilarious, and she made this book worth reading! First Line: “How does a relatively smart sixteen year old girl get stuck in a sucky situation she can’t get out of?” My Musings: First things first. This was the most hilarious series I have ever read in my entire life. Every single one of these books, on every single page, I was cracking up. Cracking up while reading at dinner, cracking up in the middle of class, cracking up while reading at night; just cracking up in general. So this review is about How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. After reading the first few chapters, I was torn. The writing was very simplistic and sometimes redundant, but absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t figure out if I liked it or not. However, as the book progressed, the writing helped me develop a sense of identity pertaining to the main character, Amy. Although not nearly as eloquently written as many of the novels that I have read, the writing style was unique, and it fit the tone of the book perfectly. Amy is your typical city girl; so when she is sent to spend her summer in Israel with her estranged father, […]