Name: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
General Release Date: 1st October 2006
Date I finished it: 8th July 2011
From: My library
My Rating: 4/5 stars
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation is pretty much what you would imagine, a easy, quick, light-hearted and fun read. Ideal for summer in my opinion!
The book follows 16 year old Amy who has a pretty average life until a phone call from her father changes her world upside down for the rest of the summer.
Amy ends up spending the summer in Israel with her father and his family, rather than going to summer camp with her friends like she was planning. And to make it even worse she hardly even talks to never mind see's her father, knows nothing about his family in Israel and doesn't speak a word of Hebrew!
Things go from bad to worse when Amy see's her "accommodation" for the summer. It's certainly not the 5 star hotel she was expecting, throw in a bitchy cousin and a grandmother who didn't even know she existed and she is off to a great start with her new relatives!!
I did really enjoy this book, it is very short, straightforward and easy to get into. Amy's story captures the reader right from page one and drags them into the rest of the story.
It is a story about growing up, falling in love and learning who you really are and where you fit in.
I'm really looking forward to reading the second book in this series now!