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?
By Joanna Philbin
2010, Poppy, 288 pages
The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines. The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders. Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.
By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer that believes she’s “the new face of beauty,” Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media’s spotlight.
— Amazon.com description
First things first: Let’s discuss how much I love Regis Philbin. I used to watch the show every day every summer with my mom as a kid. So, of course, I totally feel like Joanna Philbin = my long lost family friend.
On the plus side: I love how you can tell that Philbin put a lot of herself into this story. Not just the fact that the three main characters are daughters of celebs and so is she. But you can also tell that Philbin was a girl just like Lizzie once who loved to write and had to learn, perhaps the hard way, that you have to a) write what you know and b) stay true to yourself in your writing in order to succeed. And that’s just what Philbin did in this book, and I can just tell through the writing that she’s so excited to tell this story and share these lessons with young girls. OKAY that was really kumbaya of me, but that’s totally all I could think while reading this book.
Well, that and about Regis.
On the down side, a lil bit: So, though the girls are super rich and spoiled, this wasn’t a dirty sexytimes Gossip Girl book, which is nice and age appropriate. But I can’t get over how the girls in the book are supposed to be 14 years old. Whoa, whoa, whoa you can’t even get a learner’s permit to drive yet! You shouldn’t be hanging out alone with fashion photographers! You are acting way too mature! Be a kid while you still can! But, in the end, they all did learn to stay true to themselves, talk things out with their parents, and all that good stuff…so the overall lessons are still good for a younger audience.
And I did love the little peek into celeb kid life. Juicy, right?
Moral of the story:
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