Friday, February 19, 2010
How to ruin your boyfriend's reputation by Simone Elkeles
Amy Nelson-Barack is back...back in Israel for another summer! Now not spending her summer in the moshav of her Israeli father's family, no, she is spending her summer in a real military boot camp, the boot camp of the IDF, the Israeli Defense Force.
Her Israeli boyfriend Avi is stationed at the same base as the boot camp, and she doesn't told him she will be spending the summer so close to him. Amy's friends from America, Jessica, Miranda and Nathan are going to the boot camp too. And they soon discover the boot camp has a well..more simplified style than they are used to. Have to go to the toilet? You can use a hole in the ground to do your duties...nice! And they get drilled too, they are treated like real soldiers, and they soon even have to carry a real M16 rifle..they even have to sleep with it!
And then Avi discovers that Amy is at the boot camp, and he seems not really pleasantly surprised by Amy's stay. Avi is a real Israeli soldier now, and together with other soldiers he is training the boot camp attendants, also a pretty girl named Liron who seems to can do everything better than Amy..does she have something to do with the strange and aloof behavior of Avi to Amy?
The tasks and assignments at the boot camp become more though, and Amy is really distracted by the fact that she and Avi aren't allowed to be together, the army leaders are keeping a close eye on them and nothing seem to work out in the favor of Amy..but then she gets the news that a family member is in the hospital, and Amy and Avi go to the hospital together , and finally have time to be alone and to straighten some things out..
The How to ruin..series by Simone Elkeles surprise me every time how amazing fun and great they are. The first book was just a perfect read, the second one the same..but doubled in al the fun and great story stuff. This third novel just keeps going the same way. I loved it from the first till the last page. It really gives a close look in the live of an Israeli military boot camp, all through the eyes of the fantastisc and witty narrator Amy. And readers certainly will learn some facts (I certainly did!)about Israel (and how it is to live there) they didn't know before.
Everytime I finish a Simone Elkeles novel, I want to read more. Luckily her fans don't have to wait long, the sequel to her book Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, will come out in April 2010!