Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainty that comes with falling in love.
Rule #1: Don't get attached.
Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom's boyfriends.
But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom's “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordanstar basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie's best friendkeeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.
Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We're Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.
Praise for Rules We're Meant to Break:
"Vibrant and funny and completely relatable. ... The perfect read for anyone wanting to be swept away." Danielle Stinson, author of Before I Disappear
"Rules We’re Meant to Break is one of those young adult contemporaries that I truly resonated with... What an amazing debut! I cannot wait to see what Natalie Williamson writes next!" The Write Kind of Love
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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Amber's mom goes through relationships like crazy and after one particularly hard time, Amber comes up with some strict rules. But are those rules helping her or holding her back? I was a little skeptical of this book at first because of how annoying the MC was. I quickly warmed up to her though and she lost that attitude that made her irk me so much. The more we got to know Amber, the more her behavior makes sense. I love books where we watch our MC grow into themselves and face struggles. Amber has to learn to trust herself and what she wants in life. The romance in this one is adorable but Amber's relationship growth with her mom and friends is what really makes this book fantastic. Rules We're Meant to Break tackles first love, college changes, and complicated relationships. I love real-world issues as the background of a contemporary novel. It makes me appreciate the character growth and relationships more. If that's your cup of tea too, make sure and pick this one up. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Swoon Reads through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
3.5 stars The very first thing that struck me in this story is how much I REALLY didn’t like Amber’s mom. If you’re looking for a first class narcissist who cares only about her own needs and has no regard for her daughter’s feelings, this woman is it. She also can’t maintain a relationship with any guy and should have a warning label plastered on her forehead. I just can’t imagine having a mother uproot her child time after time because she wants to shack up with one more guy. Apparently, letting Amber have a real home doesn’t mean anything to her mother and I find it hard to sympathize with or forgive such a person. On the other hand, all of the above pre-disposed me to have a soft spot for Amber. This is a girl with a lot of emotional damage so it’s no surprise when she reaches her limit and puts up a wall to keep attachments at bay. Mind you, Amber isn’t always the nicest or most likeable person so I was kind of surprised that Cammie and her friend, Jordan, kept trying. After all, many teens would just shrug and move on. Amber just might have to re-think that wall. On the whole, I thought the characters here lacked fullness, so to speak, but the story is sweet and leaves the reader with the feeling that good things happen when you open yourself to them.