How You Ruined My Life

How You Ruined My Life

by Jeff Strand


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492662020
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 216,108
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

JEFF STRAND lives in Tampa, Florida, and doesn't believe in voodoo. But he still thinks you should carry a doll around, go up to people you don't like, and chuckle while you jab it with pins, just to make them squirm. Poke around his gleefully macabre website at

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How You Ruined My Life 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand successfully made me dislike the villain of the story, cousin Blake. The entire plot is based around a trouble-filled relationship between Rodney, the main character, and his cousin Blake who comes to visit for three months while his rich parents are off on a cruise. Blake notoriously manages to completely ruin Rodney’s life in less than three months. Honestly, I got so captured up in the chaos of it all that I lost track of the timeline. While I flew through the book powered merely by my dislike of Blake, I found some of the events unrealistic in their scale and impact. The ending of the book, and much of the conflict’s resolution, felt too underwhelming in comparison to the rest of the story as well. I grew attached to the characters quickly, however, and I discovered myself falling on one character’s side versus the other. (The entire book is a giant fight, so how could I not choose a side?) I usually ended up on Rod’s side due to just how crazy Blake became, but then I found myself asking if I was going crazy alongside Rod. This mainly happened because the story is told in second person POV, which I had only seen before in one other book series. I am still unsure if I enjoy this way of storytelling or not. Overall, I would recommend How You Ruined My Life for a comedic read or for pre-teen or early teen readers.