Monday, 13 May 2013

Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

Title: Rules of Summer
Author: Joanna Philibin
Published by: Atom
Publication date: 23rd May 2013
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

There are two sides to every summer...

Rory McShane's signed on to be a summer errand girl for a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. She hopes she'll be able to sneak in some sunbathing too.

Enter Isabel Rule, who's not only up for sunbathing but set on having a breathless summer romance that her family would never approve of. Isabel has decided that this is the summer for taking chances, and she's dragging Rory along for the ride.

But when long-hidden secrets start to surface, their friendship will be put to the test.

Rory's life in New Jersey isn't fantastic. She is relied upon at just seventeen, to pay for all of the bills and to basically run the house. Her mum is frequently getting new boyfriends and Rory is always the shoulder for her mum to cry on at the end of the relationship. So Rory jumps at the chance when her Aunt Fee invites her to work with her, unpaid,  at a mansion in summer resort town, The Hamptons. It's like a different universe from poor New Jersey!

Rory and Isabel are two very different girls. Rory is responsible, level-headed and doesn't have a penny to her name. Isabel is moody, extremely wealthy and slightly off-the-rails. The moment they first meet each other is a disaster and leaves both of them vowing to avoid the other for the entire summer. However, that doesn't quite go to plan, and they soon become good friends.

It was lovely to see Rory and Isabel's friendship grow, and Isabel became a much nicer person. I didn't like her at all in the beginning but she ended up being one of my favourite characters. Rory was kind and down-to-earth, and I related to her a lot. I also liked Connor Rule, Isabel's brother, but it annoyed me that *spoiler alert* he asked Rory out so close to the end of the book. I would've liked to see more of their relationship. *end of spoiler* So hopefully there will be a sequel!

I would just like to add, that when I first saw the cover, I was sure the girl on the cover was me as it looks really similar to a photo that was taken of me on holiday! Obviously, it isn't me though!

There were some really interesting twists towards the end of the book, and it was clever how they tied into the story because I hadn't predicted them at all. This is the perfect book to read on the beach, although it is quite long...but maybe that would give you an excuse to go to the beach more than once...?

'Rules of Summer' is a fun, light-hearted book, with a few serious issues tied into the story. This is the first book I've read by Joanna Philbin but hopefully I'll get to read more by her.


  1. Sounds like a refreshing read, great review!

  2. Light hearted books seem perfect around this time of year! Exams are so stressful so I find it easier to read fun books like this one. I'll look out for it. Thanks for the great read, Amber :)

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