Tue, May 13, 2014

Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin Review

Rules of Summer book cover

Rules of Summer book cover

Rules of Summer
By Joanna Philbin
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Poppy, 352 pages
Source: Library

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?

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, friendship, joanna philbin, romance, summer
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  1. Jennifer aka YA Book Nerd said:

    I read this one last year and remembering really liking it. I’m anxious to read book 2

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    Anna Reply:

    Totally! Like Ginger said — definitely curious about the return of Mike!

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  2. Shelby Brown said:

    I read this last year and I loved it!! The second book has been on my wishlist for a while

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    Anna Reply:

    It comes out so soon — June 3!

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  3. Kelsie said:

    Rory and Isabel didn’t get along at first… I’d rather read about female friendships than female fights.

    Yep! I strongly disliked Isabel at first and I’m glad that feeling didn’t carry on long throughout the book.

    Sometimes I’d rather read about a strong friendship than a strong romantic relationship. Friendship is the best.

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    Anna Reply:

    YES, glad you felt that way too. Friendship rules all. I don’t want to read about a PERFECT friendship, but I do appreciate a growing, loving, forgiving, strong one. You don’t see that as often in YA as I’d like!

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  4. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    You gotta space these summer books out, or else they all start to blend together! And then there’s potential to loose a really great read. You already know I loved this one, sad you didn’t love it too. To be honest, I wanted more of Isabel’s story. Rory got on my nerves a bit. Also, did you read the synopsis for book 2? Is Mike making a comeback??! I sure hope so!

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    Anna Reply:

    I liked it! But it wasn’t hugely memorable. Definitely looking forward to book 2 regardless!

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  5. Alexa S. said:

    I do love a good summery read sometimes! This one sounds pretty interesting. I’m not too drawn in by the cover, but the story intrigues me.

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