Review: Rules of Summer

Jul •  20 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rules of SummerRules Of Summer by Joanna Philbin
Published by Poppy on June 4th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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There are two sides to every summer.

When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it's as if she's entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She's signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules -- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. Upon arrival, she's warned by other staff members to avoid socializing with the family, but Rory soon learns that may be easier said than done.

Stifled by her friends and her family's country club scene, seventeen-year-old Isabel Rule, the youngest of the family, embarks on a breathless romance with a guy whom her parents would never approve of. It's the summer for taking chances, and Isabel is bringing Rory along for the ride. But will Rory's own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules' picture-perfect world ever be the same?

Picking up this author for the first time, I was hoping that I enjoy this book. I liked the book but some areas failed for me.

Plot: This plot for me moved slow and seemed a bit cliched at some parts. The plot played out exactly how I thought it would and of course didn’t really have any emphasis on a life changing moment. There was drama, boys, and money involved in every aspect.

Love: It was instant which turned me off completely. Not to mention that of course they would fall in the love. The rich boy and the poor girl from the city. I was hoping that there would be meaningful moments but instead of living in the moment their constants thoughts were on money and what would happen afterward.

Working: I found it weird how easily this girl got every comfortable living with other people she is supposed to be working for. She acted like she lived there. There were certain moments where my stomach churned at the thought of her loosing what she went there in the first place.

Overall, I don’t think this book lived up to my expectations.  The ending felt rushed, like the author was trying to make up for the plot int he beginning. For me, this book had lots of buildup but not enough action. Rules Of Summer is okay.

I give it 3 BITES!


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  1. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Jul 22, 2013

    The rich/poor trope is very tricky because it can so easily become cliche. It sounds like maybe this book didn’t quite get it right…..

  2. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Jul 22, 2013

    This sounds very cliche. I don’t mind a typical storyline, but something else has to really stand out for me if it goes that route. Great review. I’m glad that you still liked it, but too bad it wasn’t as good as you were hoping it would be.

  3. Hm… doesn’t quite seem like something I would really go for… oh well, glad you still enjoyed it.

  4. How disappointing. The summary sounds like it would have the potential to be a really good book. Just from reading that alone, I could tell that there was the potential for the cliched maid falls in love with the boy who lives there. That along with the slow moving plot and insta-love is making me think that this book would fall flat for me, too.