Mar 2, 2013

Review | None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing 
Series: N/A
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Publication: 11.20.2012
Format: E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: ★★★★

Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

Thoughts: None of the Regular Rules is one of those self-published books that makes me feel happy that I still give them a shot. I am really glad I took the opportunity to read this one, because it turned out to be a fun, light read about friendship, love, and family.

Sophie and her friends were likable characters. While Sophie seemed a little too cautious sometimes, I still liked her and felt I would have done similar things in her situation. I enjoyed the slow-burning romance between her and her neighbor, Johhny Rush, who wasn't exactly what he seemed to be.

None of the Regular Rules is a quick, coming of age story that I am sure contemporary fans will enjoy. I look forward to checking out the author's other works soon! [Full review coming soon!]

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