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Rules of Summer Paperback – 23 May 2013
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Friendships, secrets and romance make this a perfect summer read (Sunday Express)
Rules of Summer is a delicious read about two girls from very different worlds sharing one unforgettable summer. (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy)
Friendship, first love, and an unforgettable setting - Rules of Summer is the perfect summer read. Read it at the beach (or if you just want to feel like you're at the beach). I loved it. (Morgan Matson, author of Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour)
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While doing her job for the summer, Rory makes an unlikely friend in Isabel, the family's daughter. Rory and Isabel are about the same age but very different in personalities. Isabel likes her life and the fact that she can pretty much do whatever she wants with her friends but not long into the book, her ideas about life begin to change. Meeting Rory makes Isabel open her eyes to the people she calls friends and how they act towards other people. I really enjoyed seeing Isabel change over the course of the book and to see her and Rory get closer as friends.
A summer read wouldn't be the same without a romance going on and in this book there are two - one for both Rory and Isabel. Although both romances were very entertaining, they were both extremely different which I appreciated. It would have been easy for the two girls to have wonderful summer romances that worked out well but Joanna Philbin mixes things up a bit. Both girls go for guys outside of their normal tastes but one girl gets a happy ending while the other doesn't. I liked that this book wasn't all happy and smiley the whole time and that it gave a bit of variety.
Overall plot wise, Rules of Summer was fun. There is quite a lot going on and a fair few characters to remember but I think this made the summer seem busy and exciting. Along with finding out more about both Rory and Isabel and their friendship/ romances, there are also some more important issues being raised. I liked that Philbin tackled issues surrounding different kinds of family dynamics and the problems they face. This was shown really well through Rory and Isabel coming from very different families with varying amount of money and success.
I really enjoyed Rules of Summer. It was different but fun at the same time with great characters!
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there as I read Joanna Philbin's novel. She is an accomplished storyteller.