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I'm an internet junkie that is obsessed with books. I own more than I will ever read in this lifetime and yet I'm still compelled
to buy more. I read mostly romance (mild to completely smutty), YA and urban fantasy.

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation [Review]

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation - Simone Elkeles

I bought this book at a yard sale last summer for a quarter. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth. If I had paid full price, my feelings would be different.

 

The Good:

 

- The story takes place in Israel. That was actually the main reason I picked it up. I've never read a book set in Israel and seeing it through a teenager gives the reader a whole different perspective on things.

 

- I actually learned a few things I didn't know. So yay for learning! I also googled a lot of the stuff to see how accurate it was and to see what certain places looked like, so then I learned even more.

 

The Bad:

 

- I couldn't stand the main character. In the end the main character becomes a better person and all that jazz you get in YA books, but I wish the character growth would've started earlier in the book because by the time we got to it, I no longer cared.

 

- I found it hard to believe that a mother would let her teenage daughter go to Israel with her bio-dad that she only saw once a year. At least not without a lot of discussion first.

 

- It tried too hard to be funny and it failed.

 

Overall, the setting was the best part of this book.

 

I will be using this for B in my A to Z Challenge.