I really enjoyed it.

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation - Simone Elkeles

Blurb: "Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone… 

Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

In some places the writing was abrupt. Maybe it was"


In some places the writing was abrupt. Maybe it was just that amy's thought process felt to adult at times. But she made me laugh.


The love story was not paced to my satisfaction but Amy's stubborn and dramatic personality carried me through those little glitches.


I'm definitely reading the second book. Perhaps the writing will smooth out?