Tuesday, February 26, 2013

~Book Review and Giveaway: None of the Regular Rules~

None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing
Publication date: November 20th 2012
Genre: YA Romance/Coming-of-Age

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.



It is the weekend before senior year for Sophie and her best friends Ella and Grace.  Hindered by a flat tire, they discover a bucket list left by Sophie's Aunt Suzy in the glove compartment.  Sophie loved her Aunt Suzy who died ten years earlier.  The list really gets Sophie to thinking about her life and what is important.  To honor Aunt Suzy, the three friends are going to attempt the items on the list to honor Suzy.  Friendship will be tested and family secrets may be revealed as they embark on this journey.  That is enough to deal with without adding regular high school drama to the mix.  Then there is Johnny, the handsome, hunky next door neighbor who Sophie has admired from afar, even though she won't admit it.  With everything thrown into the mix this makes for one unforgettable book.
None Of The Regular Rules is a really good teen book.  It describes the high school years perfectly.  How many teenagers have parents who don't understand them?  This is a refreshing YA contemporary and flows smoothly  I recommend it to everyone.

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at: www.erindowning.com.

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