Sunday, December 2, 2012

None of the Regular Rules- Review and Giveaway

Don’t you love it when you pick a book up having no expectations and it just pleases the heck out of you??  That is what I found with my most recent read ‘None of the Regular Rules’ by Erin Downing.  I came across this book through my favorite tech friend Twitter.  See Erin was offering up copies of None of the Regular Rules to bloggers for free in exchange for reviews so I thought “what the heck!”  Now I had never read an Erin Downing book but I loved the cover and blurb so I shot her a message and she sent me the book.  Well can you say win-win?  Thanks Erin for offering up your book because I loved it and here is my review...

The official Blurb:

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.

My thoughts upon finishing:

- Awwwwww!
- I need a reasonable bucket list to work on.

Meet Sophie, a smart go with the flow type of girl starting her senior year with her two best friends hippie Ella and over achiever Grace.  Despite their differences the girls have been best friends since elementary school and are celebrating the start of their senior year when they come across a list of “dares” written by Sophie’s dead aunt when she was a senior.

Bring in Johnny Rush, Sophie’s uber popular neighbor, and longtime crush, who's about to head off to college but becomes a key in helping Sophie begin to find the confidence to complete some of her bucket list.  Johnny and Sophie have lived side by side for years but she was always  too timid to step outside her invisible fence to speak with him.  Now, thanks so the the bucket list, she and her friends attend their first “Johnny Rush” party which starts a chain of events that have the power to change their lives and their friendships.

As Sophie begins to feel happy with herself and the changes she has made she begins to realize that things are not quite what they seem and a huge family secret destroys her at a time when everything else has already fallen apart.

None of the Regular Rules is full of teenage fun and angst.  I was brought back to high school as I recalled the need to want to fit in, the longing for that one guy that will never be the right one, the struggle with parents who don't understand and the need to find yourself.  I read the book in two midnight sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it.  A true YA novel with minimal (if any) language and no overtly sexual situations.  This is a book you could give to an actual high school student without worry of their parents getting mad at you ;)  If you are a fan of YA realistic fiction, with a bit of drama, romance and comedy I would highly recommend None of the Regular Rules to you.

By the way...I promised to always tell you about the swoon-worthy boys in every book I read and this one is no exception. Johnny is simply crusherific! His quirky personality and escapades are different from the typical "hot macho bad boy" lead males we get to love so often. You will fall in love with Johnny Rush I promise, you just need to read the book to find out why!

Want to win an e-book copy of None of the Regular Rules for yourself? Comment below with your one must do bucket list item and I will pick a winner at random on Friday 12/7. Good Luck!

Click here to buy the e-book on Amazon

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  1. Since marrying Robert Pattinson can't be on my bucket list, I'd have to say:
    - MEET, AT LEAST, 5 OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE AUTHORS. (And, if possible, ask them all the unstoppable questions my mind will be trying to hold.)
    Thanks for the giveaway Chele!
    You've made me want this book.. Like.. BADLY!!

  2. Hmmm...I would have to say high on the bucket list would be to visit all 50 states! I want to see the great big country of ours and take a goofy thumbs up picture of me in each one LOL!!

  3. I want to read 365 books in one year. I think that would be an epic accomplishment.

  4. One thing on my bucket list is to visit Italy, or anywhere in Europe really. Heck, I'd settle for just leaving the US!

    1. DeeDee, you are our winner!! Congrats and I hope you love it!!


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