Ruined Series

Ruined Series

by Simone Elkeles


‘How to Ruin’ series combined into one book.
One girl – Two guys – Three hot summers
1.’How to Ruin a Summer Vacation’ – Leaving Chicago to go to Israel with her estranged father is the last thing sixteen-year-old Amy wants to do–until she meets handsome but aloof Avi, an eighteen-year-old soldier in the Israeli army.
2.’How to Ruin My Teenage Life’ – Can a guy truly be your boyfriend if he lives in a different country? Avi might think it’s possible, but Amy’s edgy classmate Nathan wants a chance to prove him wrong…
3. ‘How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation’ – Signing up for a ten-day boot camp at the Israeli military base where Avi is stationed might not have been Amy’s greatest idea–especially since Nathan is there, too.

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ruined-svc1. ‘How to Ruin a Summer Vacation

When I started reading this series I didn’t know the 2nd and 3rd were continuing the story form the 1st book (I just assumed this after reading PC series). So I was just enjoying this sweet love story, with lots of funny moments and at the end of the first book everything felt so.. complete.

I love this kind of stories with the main characters so different, playing cat-and-dog and falling in-love so hard.. I liked Amy, I loved Avi, and they were so sweet together – I was delighted to read about them and see their relation grow.
As I finished the first book I was happy.
The chemistry in the first book was great, the story was so entertaining and the characters felt real.. their love was so real.

If you ask me I wouldn’t want to read more about them, because the long-distance-relationships are always so complicated..

2. ‘How to Ruin My Teenage Life

ruined-tnlBut even when I found out that the 2nd book was about them again, I just couldn’t stop myself reading more. It’s addictive.. the story I mean. So I kept reading.
What I liked?
Well, the last 50 pages or so when we get this Avi-Amy moments (finaly), and after a while we are enjoying a funny “commando-operation” with heart-melting results. I won’t spoil it for you but if you like romantic and funny moments, well this is the one for you (so much fun, and Avi is such a romantic guy.. you definitely must love him).
What I didn’t like?
Oh, the rest of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice and all but I really never cared about Amy’s dog-problems, and friend-problems and her dad gets so annoying from here on, and the dating-service is just there to fill in the blanks, and the religion stuff it’s just not my thing (and I know it must be important for some, but not for me).. I was bored by all that.
I just kept reading hoping to find something about the two of them together, and only for that part it was worth all the while.
Now I got really curious about the 3rd book 🙂

3. ‘How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation

ruined-bfrI was so enthusiastic to read some more about the characters, and now I knew this book was going to be all about Amy and Avi together at the boot-camp, and I “knew” it was going to be fun.. and it was – mostly.
There were definitely a lot of funny moments, and the side characters have their presence noticed more in here, but as I got to see the problems between Amy and Avi grow, and the way they handled them (not!), I couldn’t stop wondering if there is love between them or just (how do you call it?) lust?
You see, after the first book I felt the two of them were in-love, two souls from across the world have found and felt for each other. It was this simple. But after the next 2 books it was just “we like each other so much, and the kissing is so great, we must be soul mates”. What?? Am I the only one to get that feeling?
If there is going to be another book in the series (and as far as I know it won’t) then all this might make sense (or not), but if that is really the ending of the story.. then I want my ending back from the first book (that was a good ending in so many ways). But this one was rushed and the reader doesn’t get that strong feeling that the two of them are gonna make it finally, that the two of them are meant to be together – if you know what I mean.
That’s way I don’t like book series, because there is this great book in the beginning that doesn’t need any sequel (and you know it), and you keep reading and reading, even if you don’t enjoy it that much anymore.


Did I like this series? -> Yes I did.
Would I recommend this series? -> Yes I would.
Book of choice? -> First book – How to Ruin a Summer Vacation

1.’How to Ruin a Summer Vacation’ – 5 stars
2.’How to Ruin My Teenage Life’ – 3 stars
3.’How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation’ – 4 stars

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