Saturday, September 20, 2008

Review: How To Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles

Summary/Cover Image from Goodreads:

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?
Review:

Sequels to books aren't usually as great as the first book. Though, in Simone Elkeles cause the sequel is even better than the first. Amy view on how life should be perfect no matter what made for many awkward but laugh out loud moments. Also, I thought it was cool how Simone switched from how Amy's summer in Israel to her life in America which added new, awesome characters into the mix like the mysterious Nathan and Amy's hilarious BFF Jess. Another thing, I enjoyed about this book was the relationship Amy had with her Dad. In most books you don't usually she most positive relationships with parents or some books barley mention them at all. Though, in this Amy has a funny and trusting relationship with her dad that some teens may even envy. Even though I enjoyed this book I though it could be a little bit predictable at times. In all, How To Ruin A Teenage Life makes for a funny and fast read. I can't wait to read Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistrey ( which comes out in '09).

Grade: A+

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