How to Ruin my Teenage Life

by Simone Elkeles

Book, 2007



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Woodbury, Minn. : Flux, 2007.


Living with her Israeli father in Chicago, seventeen-year-old Amy Nelson-Barak feels like a walking disaster, worried about her "non-boyfriend" in the Israeli army, her mother, new stepfather, and the baby they are expecting, a new boy named Nathan who has moved into her apartment building and goes to her school, and whether or not she really is the selfish snob that Nathan says she is.

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LibraryThing member JRlibrary
Amy mistakenly kisses Nathan who is not really her type. He kisses her back in front of the entire school a few days later so everyone thinks they're a couple. When her real boyfriend, Avi, shows up and is informed that Amy kissed Nathan, it looks like their relationship is over, or is it. Amy has
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a plan to get him back.
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LibraryThing member lauren97224
Amy is back in Chicago, and is still head over heels for Avi. She hates having to call him her "non-boyfriend". SHe's begining to think that her new neighbor Nathan might be a better candidate. But just as she decides just to forget about her feelings for Avi, he shows up- in CHicago- and those
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feelings come right back up. But what'll happen when Avi finds out about Amy and Nathan's relationship? And what IS that relationshio anyways?

I really enjoyed this book. Not much cussing at all, and really not that much bad content. I really liked Amy and her character, but my favorite was Nathan.
There were two things: I didn't like was Jessica and Amy's relationship. Jessica wasn't that developed a character. THey didn't seem like best friends. They were always mad at eachother or at ends and didn't even talk! ANd there were always these conditions- YOU OWE ME. I know my best friend Alexus and I don't act like that. Also, Amy seemed a little too emotionally attached to Avi sometimes. I love that she was so in love with him that she went to EXTREME measures, but when they were all together, she seemed like super attached.
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LibraryThing member bkwormblogger
Synopsis: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.
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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:I read this immediately after How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and again loved it. The story is set in Chicago this time with Amy now living with her father.Amy has to endure trials and tribulations of being a late starting Jew, owning a dog for the first time, and wondering what the heck Nathan's problem is. Plus Jessica, her best friend, is going through problems with her boyfriend that Amy just can't deal with.Amy is again a delight to read. She copes and keeps on coping until she boils over. Disaster follows her whatever she does, and are only made worse when Avi turns up out of the blue.An emotion rollercoaster of a book, it doesn't disappoint. The religious part of the book does take a bit more precedent than the first so if you aren't jewish and don't mind reading about it then you'll really love the story.
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LibraryThing member edspicer
I would recommend this book to a friend, but I'd tell them not to judge it by it's cover because it's actually quite a great story. 4Q4P The cover art is unappealing and I'd recommend this to high school students. I chose this book because I read the "Perfect Chemistry" series and loved it so I
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decided to give Simone Elkeles's other books a shot too. EmilyC
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