Blog Tour (Review) None of the Regular Rules

February 28, 2013 Review 16 ★★★★★

Blog Tour (Review) None of the Regular Rules
None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing
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Publisher: Independent
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 260
Release Date: November 20th 2012
Genres: Contemporary
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The reason why I think I loved this so much was because it was my first near perfect contemporary YA. Not the regular damaged girl meets damaged boy destined to be together type of contemporary, which I was really getting tired of. The romance in NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES is an important part of the story, but it is not the main focus. That is what made it all the more special.

It is a story about friendship, most of all.

Sophie and her friends Grace and Ella are starting their senior year of high school when Sophie finds a list of dares that her late aunt Suzy had put in her car, a list she made right before she died. Sophie, who always liked Suzy, decides to complete the list because she thinks it will make her closer to Suzy and help fulfill some of the things Suzy had meant to do before she died.

Sophie and her friends gradually complete the list, Sophie getting more and more obsessed with completing it. The list makes them challenge themselves to do things they would not otherwise do. Thrown into this is neighbor Johnny Rush, a college boy who has problems of his own.

I thought the relationships in this were written perfectly, the romance was realistic and slow building. Where NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES really shines, though, is showing us the incredible bond between these three girls, who through everything, still remain friends-despite how the future leads them apart.

The ending was perfect, I absolutely loved it. It tied up everything and left some things to think about, which is the best kind of book, if you ask me. I hope it comes out in paperback so I can own a copy for my shelves! This one is a must read for contemporary fans!

About the Author: Erin Downing 
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 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.

16 Responses to “Blog Tour (Review) None of the Regular Rules”

  1. Elizabeth

    This sounds excellent. Thanks to the great review I’ll definitely be reading this one! I’m ready for a contemporary different from damaged falls in love with damaged, like you said.

  2. rivie bleu

    I guess is more realistic, well it depends what’s on the list, but not so much paranormal and dystopian which is what I’ve been reading lately. This book sounds like a good one.

  3. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    It’s funny because I was just thinking the other day that the damaged boy meets damaged girl storyline was starting to feel like overkill, and I am usually all for that. Glad this was a little different. And I love good friendships and slow builds. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  4. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    I’ve read a review of this before and the person thought it was just good. I absolutely LOVE the summary and your review just makes me happy. Sometimes I like it when romance isn’t the main focus. Honestly just a small taste of romance in any book is good enough for me. I love the potential bonds in the book. I really want to read this actually. It’s so different and the little amount of romance sounds perfect! Thanks for reassuring me that this book is indeed awesome.

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      I also read a few reviews like that. I think I gave it a five because it was new for me, and that I really didn’t find anything wrong with it. There are so many bonds in this-familial, romantic, and friendship! Hope you like it!

  5. Jim Dean

    Great review of a fab book – Johnny Rush is AMAZING, one of my favourite ever love interests, but as you said this is about so much more than the romance.

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