Thursday, May 24, 2012

GUEST REVIEW: How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation by Simone Elkeles

Allison, our teen and adult programmer here at BCPL, is back with another guest review! This time, she's taking on one of Simone Elkeles's How to Ruin titles. I loved the first book in Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry trilogy (for me, the second two were disappointing) and enjoyed both of the Paradise books, so it looks like I have yet another series to add to my ever-growing TBR list.  –Tracy

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Chick Lit
Series: How to Ruin #3
Audience: Young Adult/Teen

Summary: Signing up for an overseas summer boot camp program where her hot and sexy boyfriend Avi is stationed might not have been Amy’s greatest idea—especially when she finds out that Avi is keeping a secret that could tear their relationship apart.

Allison's Guest Review: 
Only in the last year have I become acquainted with the writings of Simone Elkeles. This book is true to her form in that she finds a way to bring the reader a tale of a teenage girl coming into her own. Amy is a well-developed character, and the reader is given early insight into her inner turmoil. She is a confident, strong, and determined young lady who decides to attend a summer boot camp in order to see her boyfriend, Avi.  Amy thinks that she will spend time with Avi when she gets there, only to find out that her expectations are false. She is forced to get dirty, which is not on her list of favorite things to do. Through Elkeles use of bits of humor, we are able to watch as Amy faces and ultimately conquers her struggles-and see her emerge as a different person.

Well-written, excellent plot development, great storyline.  What more could you ask for?

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