How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Published by FLUX, November 2006
How to Ruin My Teenage Life
Published by FLUX, November 2007
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation
Published by FLUX, November 2009
Amy Nelson-Barak is back again in the third (and final) instalment in the Ruined series. This time she’s spending her summer in an Israeli bootcamp, picturing a romantic reunion with boyfriend Avi and a week of fun with her friends. Of course, Amy is wrong! Once again Amy manages to get herself into some sticky situations as she navigates rope-courses and rifle training. I loved getting a glimpse of the realities of daily life for Israeli soldiers (where military training and service is mandatory).Upon finishing this, I felt like there was still a sense of things being unresolved and would have liked more closure.
Overall this series is a lot more light-hearted (and in my opinion, less-polished) than Elkele's better known Perfect Chemistry trilogy.