Rules of Summer
By Joanna Philbin
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Poppy, 352 pages
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?
— Goodreads.com description
You guys, I’m not gonna lie. I’m sort of on a summer books bender and they’re all starting to blend together and I waited too long to write this review and now I forgot what I was going to say.
Soooo, I will just vaguely tell you that I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and not wrapped up, but it is a series and I definitely put it down thinking, “Hmm, I’d read more of that.”
Things I DO remember:
– Philbin is Regis’ daughter! That wasn’t in the book. But, hey, cool to know.
– Class wars. I really enjoy a book about the haves vs. have nots.
– Any summer book that transports you to the beach is a good summer book for me. Love it when a book makes you smell summer and saltwater in the air.
– The “surprises” weren’t as exciting as I wanted them to be.
– Rory and Isabel didn’t get along at first…but I liked how Philbin didn’t drag that out for the entire book. I’d rather read about female friendships than female fights.
– I don’t like this book cover because I think her bathing suit blends in with the white lettering and she looks naked.
Okay, maybe that wasn’t as useless as I thought; it was more disorganized than anything. Have you guys read this one yet?