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How to Ruin My Teenage Life (How to Ruin series) [Kindle Edition]

Simone Elkeles
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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?


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    .,." the choice for teens who seek realistic YA fiction free from heavy issues but with appealingly ordinary drama and humor."

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1545 KB
    • Print Length: 281 pages
    • Publisher: Flux (1 Jun. 2007)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004M8RBNU
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 July 2007
    By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Amy Nelson-Barak is back and better, and maybe a little crazier, than ever!

    When we last left Amy, she had traveled all the way to Israel for her summer vacation with her dad, arriving with very low expectations, only to come back with a whole new appreciation for her religion and culture. Now, Amy is back in Chicago, living with her mother in the suburbs and her mother's new husband.

    After her trip to Israel, Amy feels like a totally new person. She's beginning to embrace her religion and her father, she has her very own dog, Mutt, and a non-boyfriend, Avi, who is unfortunately in military training back in Israel. Unfortunately, this new Amy still has her drama and fair share of problems.

    Like how her mother just dropped the bomb that she and her husband, who by the way isn't too fond of dogs, are going to have a baby. Then there's that new guy in her building, Nathan, who for some unknown reason totally hates Amy and only sees her as this superficial Barbie. If only Amy didn't have this weird attraction toward him. Her friend, Jess, is having major problems with her new boyfriend, who is also Amy's ex-boyfriend, and her dad is becoming too wrapped up in his work, making it seem like he will be lonely forever.

    But can Amy deal with all of these problems without causing even more trouble? Or will her attempts at resolving these issues spiral out of control, making it worse for her relationship with a certain non-boyfriend who just might show up to surprise her?

    Sequels do not usually live up to the first book, but HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE certainly did. You just can't help but fall in love with Amy and laugh at her crazy attempts to solve her problems.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars As funny as the first book! 21 Sept. 2012
    By Lily
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Amy was as mad as ever in this follow up to 'How to ruin my summer vacation,' we see her try and advertise her poor dad on a dating website (he is so happy about that...) which is pure hilarious. There are all the usual, idiotic things that only she would do, the whole thing for Nathan being one and sometimes you want to hit her over the head with something but I think that is what makes her a good main character. I enjoyed reading this, its pretty light and fluffy without too much thought needed.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fresher and Better than ever before! 31 Dec. 2010
    Format:Paperback
    You'd think that after the first novel to this sequel becoming such a success that the 2nd novel could not compare? Well you're wrong! Simone Elkeles still has it! With fresh ideas for the plot and unexpected twists this book is sure to be bought before you finish the first amazing book so that you won't wait have to wait to continue how Amy's (the heroine of the books) awesome and less we forget, funny journey of life,love and spontaneous outbursts of events continues. Love these novels!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Feb. 2015
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    LOVE the book and it arrived on time and the book was perfectly new!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 July 2007
    By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    Amy Nelson-Barak is back and better, and maybe a little crazier, than ever!

    When we last left Amy, she had traveled all the way to Israel for her summer vacation with her dad, arriving with very low expectations, only to come back with a whole new appreciation for her religion and culture. Now, Amy is back in Chicago, living with her mother in the suburbs and her mother's new husband.

    After her trip to Israel, Amy feels like a totally new person. She's beginning to embrace her religion and her father, she has her very own dog, Mutt, and a non-boyfriend, Avi, who is unfortunately in military training back in Israel. Unfortunately, this new Amy still has her drama and fair share of problems.

    Like how her mother just dropped the bomb that she and her husband, who by the way isn't too fond of dogs, are going to have a baby. Then there's that new guy in her building, Nathan, who for some unknown reason totally hates Amy and only sees her as this superficial Barbie. If only Amy didn't have this weird attraction toward him. Her friend, Jess, is having major problems with her new boyfriend, who is also Amy's ex-boyfriend, and her dad is becoming too wrapped up in his work, making it seem like he will be lonely forever.

    But can Amy deal with all of these problems without causing even more trouble? Or will her attempts at resolving these issues spiral out of control, making it worse for her relationship with a certain non-boyfriend who just might show up to surprise her?

    Sequels do not usually live up to the first book, but HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE certainly did. You just can't help but fall in love with Amy and laugh at her crazy attempts to solve her problems. Her relationship with her father is absolutely adorable, one that anyone would want to have, and the way she embraces her religion just makes us think how we should be proud of ours, as well. Exercising your mouth muscles is a must before reading this novel, since there will be a smile on your face throughout the entire book. Fans of the first book (How to Ruin a Summer Vacation) will not be disappointed with this wonderful follow-up.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book is hilarious 23 Nov. 2007
    By Reader 200 - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I really enjoyed 'How to Ruing a Summer Vacation,' but I LOVED this sequel. I was laughing so hard during the walkie-talkie incident that my family made me stop reading and explain.

    Amy's voice is wonderful. She's so crazy and fun that I look forward to turning the page to find out what happens next. (And it is never predictable.) I enjoyed the new characters that were brought in and was so glad when Avi came back into the picture. (for a while there I was getting worried.)

    Anyways, I highly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars How to Ruin My Teenage LIfe 10 Jan. 2008
    By CS - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I'm feeling a little tired today. Why? Because I reading HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE by Simone Elkeles. This book mesmerized me and kept me turning the pages well into the wee hours of the morning.

    Rarely a sequel lives up to the first book. HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE far surpasses in wit, humour, and charm.

    Amy is back in the United States after spending her summer in Israel. Being home presents a new set of problems and challenges. Her mother is pregnant with her new husband's baby while her father refuses to go on even one date and Amy worries he will never find true love. Her relationship with her non-boyfriend Avi, who is stuck in Israel for military training, confuses her, and her best friend Jess is having guy problems of her own. Not to mention her constantly farting dog who impregnates the neighbour's prized puppy.

    Amy's relationship with her father is one of my favourite parts of this book. Their dialogue flows much more easily and even though Amy signs him up for an online dating service without his permission, they seem closer than ever. Her dad even shows his over-protective side when her non-boyfriend Avi, shows up to surprise her.

    But how will Avi react when he hears that she kissed Nathan?

    Being a person who wants to fix everything, Amy is always trying to figure out how she can make her life better, but at the same time makes everything worse. Will she learn that it's okay that her life isn't perfect?

    HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE is filled with awkward moments that will make you laugh. You won't be able to put this one down, not even to sleep!
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved 17 Aug. 2012
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Loved this series - I hope there is more to come!!! Avi is sooo HOT! Whew! When I started this series I expected a sweet teenage love story, this was so much more. Not only is the love story fierce, just the overall background to the story is so interesting & endearing. I'm nowhere near Jewish, but I was so intrigued by the culture, religion and language that were shared throughout the story.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Fantastic as the First! 20 Sept. 2011
    By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    As the second book of the Ruined series, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, proved to be just as fantastic as the first one. In this book, Amy finds herself screwing up just about every situation she is put into. Whether it is issues with family, friends, or her dog mutt, Amy's life seems to be spiraling out of control. Family issues in Amy's life seem to be more complicated now than ever. She isn't to fond of her new stepfather (or the fact that he impregnated her mother), and Amy is constantly worried about her dad's social life. It seems that her mom is moving on pretty well, and it upsets Amy to see her dad still single. In true Amy fashion, she tries to set her dad up on a few dates but fails miserably. When it comes to issues with friends, nobody does it better than Amy and her best friend, Jessica. The two seem to be more like sisters. They always know what to do when the other is in a sticky situation. Jessica struggles with the breakup of her and Mitch, so Amy tries her hardest to help make things better for her friend (but you guessed it, she fails miserably). Perhaps, one of her biggest mistakes (or not so much of a mistake depending on your point of view) is kissing the new, secretive, nerdy guy, Nathan, in front of the whole school. It wasn't technically her fault that everyone witnessed it, but nonetheless Amy still has to deal with all of the consequences. All of this is going on while she is juggling her relationship with her "non-boyfriend," Avi. That is right; Amy and Avi are still technically "together" even though he is in the Israeli army thousands of miles away. All of Amy's shenanigans start to get a lot more complicated when Avi makes a surprise visit to Chicago. Their relationship is put to the ultimate test as Amy chooses just who her heart belongs to. Amy's somewhat-ruined-teenage life makes for an excellent read!
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