how-to-ruin-a-summer-vacationBook Title: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Author: Simone Elkeles
# of pages: 233
Publisher: Flux (October 1, 2006)

Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.

Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.

Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone…

Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

I randomly picked this book out of the library since I’ve been wanting to read a book by Simone Elkeles since her new book, Perfect Chemistry released.

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation is totally a good read. I couldn’t put this book down especially when… well can’t really tell you but the tragicest most part in the story. I felt like I was Amy, running through all the emotions throughout this book. I love the storyline of the book. You really get to know Amy and her life story and some of Avi’s too. Her biological father, Ron, never seemed to visit a lot, but then bam! he want’s to take her to Israel which seemed a little odd. But you’ll probably get why, sort of throughtout the story.

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