How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

5 Stars

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s about a girl named Amy whose parents were never married, and she was basically a mistake, because her parents were at a college party and she happened. Now, instead of going to tennis camp and hanging out with her best friend, Jessica and her boyfriend Mitch, her father (whom she calls Sperm Donor) wants to take her to Israel for the summer because the grandma that Amy didn’t know she had, is dying.

Amy ends up having the best three months of her life there and she gets much, much closer with her father. My favorite part of the story is when Amy has a competition with her cousin, Osnat. They see who can shave a sheep faster, without it running away.

Reviewed by Carissa Messina, Grade 8