Review + Giveaway: None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

February 25, 2013

Title: None of the Regular Rules
Author: Erin Downing
Published: Self | Nov 20, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, YA
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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.

     Looking at the cover I thought it would be more romantic, but None of the Regular Rules is a story about friendship, freedom and living the moment without any regrets. I love the storyline, three friends finding a bucket list of dares and completing each one of them as they go along with their senior year in high school. It is such a fun concept and Erin Downing did a great job keeping the story entertaining considering it did dealt with some serious issues.

     Sophie has always been close to her late aunt Suzy, so when she gets her aunt's old car and finds a list of dares tucked in the glove compartment, she and her best friends, Grace & Ella makes a pact to check off each item listed and have fun with it. I couldn't get a good handle on Sophie, she is normal one minute and over-dramtic & snappish the next for no reason. I get that the big secret revealed was troubling for her, but I still felt that her behavior towards other people during that period was too much especially with Johnny Rush, that whole scenario was uncalled for. Johnny is one of those people who can make a fool of themselves and still be a charmer at the end. He was the life of the party and I simply loved him.

     One person I have to point out is Grace. I really liked Grace, her story was my favorite. Her relationship with her boyfriend, Ian, was so difficult and the author did a fantastic job making it so realistic. I felt for Grace, I understand why she acted so defensively throughout the book, and I was so proud of her at the end. What I felt bad for was that none of her friends helped her at all, they just laughed and giggled and hated Ian, but no one really helped Grace which made me question the root of their friendship.

     Overall, I enjoyed reading None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing. I liked that it didn't have a full on romance because that's not what the story is about. It's about letting go and explore new things. I loved that at the end everyone was happy with their decisions, and my favorite part was how much stronger and confident Sophie turned out to be. Just a simple list of dares made a huge difference in her life. I did like her by the end. None of the Regular Rules is recommended to readers to enjoy light, fun, adventurous reads.

A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review, as a part of blog tour.

About the Author
Erin Downing 

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. More information about Erin and her books can be found at: www.erindowning.com.

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  1. I've been meaning to read a Erin Downing book for a while now and this seems like a good place to start. I love books about romances but every once in a while I like to enjoy a book simply about friendships. Great review!

    1. I agree. Sometimes simply books are needed. I hope you give it a try.

  2. So close to 4 stars! That makes me think it was somewhat more hopeful? I like the originality of the girls finding dares tucked in a glove compartment, that really interests me. This book was never on my list before, but I'm checking it out because of this review :) I like the light-hearted element mentioned!

    1. It is hopeful. I loved the dares part, it was entertaining. I'm glad you found this book, it really good.


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