Thursday, February 28, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

None of the Regular Rules
None Of The Regular Rules by Erin Downing
Publication Date: November 20th 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 260

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.
When the concept of a book happens to be about a list of dares or some sort of bucket list, I am automatically drawn to it. Why? Because I think it’s a blast to watch the characters do things that are out of their comfort zone and sometimes those things may just end them up in some funny situations, so yea I enjoy these kinds of books.
So the moment I started reading I was hooked. I think what helped most for that was the way the font looked in kindle form, it looked easy breezy. It came with this certain charm that pulled me in and it made me feel like I could get lost in it, not worry how long the chapters were cause I wanted to badly read it. And if you've read in kindle form before you know it works differently from print copies and how one page is split into two, so the chapters are actually a bit longer. Thankfully the chapters are short and it made this an easier read for me.
When Sophie found that list of dares with her friends around, I got excited and I couldn't wait for them to start on it. But now I remember these kind of concepts aren’t really meant to being all about that list, it’s about how those things on the list can change your life, and how you handle those changes. Then you see the main character having a hard time finishing it because of those changes. So in the end, this is really a coming of age kind of book.
I enjoy these kinds of books, I hope to write a couple of these kinds of books in the future, however the main character kinda started to bug me. Especially when she wanted to break into the planetarium with a ski mask on as if she was going to rob it, along with that she wanted her friends to wear the same ski masks. Does that seem a bit much for a simple little dare that apparently all the seniors do at one point? So yea, she seemed to get a bit obsess about it.
Though in the end, this list of dares did help out Sophie and it helped her find some things out about her aunt that had died when she was 8, which in a way I kinda saw what was coming with that by how she died, so I'm sure you'll probably figure that out too. But I also liked how it not only helped out Sophie, it also helped out her two best friends.
Elle is this confident girl that seems like she may know what she wants to do with herself in the future but when it comes to this certain guy she is totally tongue tied. But I'm glad this list opens her eyes to other worthy candidates. Grace is this smart girl but in one situation she isn't all that smart. Her boyfriend is this controlling little bastard and he just got under my skin every time in came into the scene. Thankfully Grace found her voice because of this list and strong friendship.
Overall, I enjoyed this but for some reason I just don't feel fully satisfied. Though I did love the romance between Sophie and her crush, it was an adorable relationship but one that took time to become a relationship. I did love the dares, I did enjoy the characters growth within themselves and I did have a blast with the story line and the overall writing of it. But again I wasn’t as completely satisfied as I hoped I would be. However I did like the ending and the sense of humor but I think who’ll love this the most are the bookworms that just love contemporaries.
It will disturb your being
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:

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