Monday, May 11, 2009

YA Book Review: "How To Ruin A Summer Vacation" by Simone Elkeles

Amy is on a plane with a man she barely knows. Well, she doesn't barely know him, he IS her biological father. But all of sudden, after years of barely being there, she has to go to Israel with him. Israel to meet a grandmother she never knew she had and family she's never met. Plus, the only thing she knows about Israel is what's on the news and that's that Israel is a war zone. A WAR ZONE! Her absent father is taking her to get killed!

Amy doesn't know what to expect and all she can think of is the worst case scenario.

How To Ruin A Summer Vacation is a humourous coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who comes to terms with her father, her Jewish heritage and her ignorance of her own heritage. Amy is annoying in the beginning but in the end she does grow up.

This book wasn't on All Consuming but if I had to rate it, I would give it 3 stars. Definitely good to have at the beach.

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