Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: November 20th 2012
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.Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…
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.
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.
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!