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How to Ruin My Teenage Life

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Amy Nelson-Barak is back and better, and maybe a little crazier, than ever!

When we last left Amy, she had traveled all the way to Israel for her summer vacation with her dad, arriving with very low expectations, only to come back with a whole new appreciation...
Amy Nelson-Barak is back and better, and maybe a little crazier, than ever!

When we last left Amy, she had traveled all the way to Israel for her summer vacation with her dad, arriving with very low expectations, only to come back with a whole new appreciation for her religion and culture. Now, Amy is back in Chicago, living with her mother in the suburbs and her mother's new husband.

After her trip to Israel, Amy feels like a totally new person. She's beginning to embrace her religion and her father, she has her very own dog, Mutt, and a non-boyfriend, Avi, who is unfortunately in military training back in Israel. Unfortunately, this new Amy still has her drama and fair share of problems.

Like how her mother just dropped the bomb that she and her husband, who by the way isn't too fond of dogs, are going to have a baby. Then there's that new guy in her building, Nathan, who for some unknown reason totally hates Amy and only sees her as this superficial Barbie. If only Amy didn't have this weird attraction toward him. Her friend, Jess, is having major problems with her new boyfriend, who is also Amy's ex-boyfriend, and her dad is becoming too wrapped up in his work, making it seem like he will be lonely forever.

But can Amy deal with all of these problems without causing even more trouble? Or will her attempts at resolving these issues spiral out of control, making it worse for her relationship with a certain non-boyfriend who just might show up to surprise her?

Sequels do not usually live up to the first book, but HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE certainly did. You just can't help but fall in love with Amy and laugh at her crazy attempts to solve her problems. Her relationship with her father is absolutely adorable, one that anyone would want to have, and the way she embraces her religion just makes us think how we should be proud of ours, as well. Exercising your mouth muscles is a must before reading this novel, since there will be a smile on your face throughout the entire book. Fans of the first book (HOW TO RUIN A SUMMER VACATION) will not be disappointed with this wonderful follow-up.

posted by TeensReadToo on November 1, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Eh

Sorta an average teenage life story. No excitment, just thing that some people have to go through in school. I guess the quality was okay though.

posted by 10520949 on August 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Pretty good

    I think it's great, though I'm used to animal stories. :D Please ntinue!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Ashly

    Single and wants a bf

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    Posted May 9, 2014

    Nydia

    This place is dead

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    I continue to love this series!

    This book was trully frustrating... well the relationship was anyway! Of course I loved every minute of it and couldn't help but jump out of my seat (in a good way) and fly around the room screaming "ahhhhhh! What were you thinking?!", again, in a good way. Amy and Avi's relationship takes a turnaround after getting caught up in a compromising situation. Amy (with her frustrating yet amazingly addictive attitude) makes mistakes as she often does and is in for a shock when she realizes this problem cannot be fixed with a simple apology and smile. I love that, yet again, the book was realistic and made me laugh at all the funny anticts and Amy's I-say-whats-on-my-mind attitude while still making me want to scream in frustration of their situation. I recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    LOVED IT!

    I am usually into fantasy books but every once in a while i stumble across a good reality book and this was one of them! I didn't know there was 2 books before How To Ruin Your Boyfriends Reputation so I read that first then read How to Ruin My Summer Vacation and I tried buying the 2 book on my Nook but they don't have it so I'm going to the book store with my mom tomorrow!Great book though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    Not as good as the first.

    I pre order the book and it came a few days ago and I was so excited when I got it. It was a little boring in the beginning but got way better when Avi (I love Him)came into the book. Amy doesn't have the smart mouth in this book, but she is still enjoyable. Overall the book was really good.

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