Monday, October 6, 2014

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by: Simone Elkeles

Publication Date:
October 2006

Moshav? What’s a moshav? Is it “shopping mall” in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go to a mall with Ron (my biological father), but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home. 
Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci. 
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 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.

My thoughts:
Amy has always felt like a huge mistake. And when Ron her father unexpectedly shows up at her house and demands she travel with him to Israel for the summer, she freaks out!
Having spent very little time with someone who never seemed to want her, makes her insides scream and then this trip. And her mother makes her go! 
She acts up and causes so much chaos, everywhere that they think she's a spoiled brat. Until Avi confesses his feelings for her and she changes her mind and her plans. They start over together and they get a chance to have a relationship.

My rating:
5 stars

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