Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

Title: None of the Regular Rules
Author: Erin Downing
Series: N/A
Release Date: November 20, 2012
ASIN: B00AA054V0
Format: eBook, 260 pages
Genre: YA, chick lit, contemporary
Source: blog tour

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.
None of the Regular Rules is a story about stepping away from your comfort zone, friendship and ultimately, growing up. I vastly enjoyed the characters, plotline, and just overall idea Erin Downing constructed in the making of None of the Regular Rules.

Sophie is a high school senior who finds her late aunt's bucket list of things she wants to do, and decides to start it, alongside her friends, Grace and Emma. In doing so, she was taking risks, trying new things out, and just learning to grow up to be more opened to new things. She'd never be part of my list of favourite characters, but I really liked watching her throughout the story, going through difficult times with her family, friends, and future.

The story went on relatively smoothly, just predictable enough to be easy to swallow and have the light contemporary feel. There's this huge twist that occurs late in the story, and I liked how it was paced and how we built up to it. It felt somewhat expected, and not too overwhelming to me, even though it posed a huge change to the story and Sophie's objective. However, I thought that a lot of the other changes that occurred could've had a bit more building around it, instead of just making it jump out at me.

Final verdict? Just fantastic. None of the Regular Rules is one of my favourite contemporaries so far this year. There were some things I desperately wanted more of, such as chemistry between Sophie and Johnny Rush, but None of the Regular Rules is still amazing, nevertheless. With a perfect closure that a standalone has, None of the Regular Rules is for lovers of contemporary.
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