Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.
When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.
There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.
Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.
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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite The Trail Rules is the second book in The Rules teen romance series by Melanie Hooyenga. Sixteen-year-old Mikayla “Mike” Westin has great friends and a supportive boyfriend, but lacks confidence following some serious social drama at school last year. During summer break, her boyfriend Evan trained Mike in the sport of trail biking and their romance flourished. Or did it? As Mike starts the eleventh grade, she’s under pressure from her parents to focus on academics, but the drama continues at school. Mike breaks up with Evan and begins riding with a new group of biking enthusiasts, including Mica, a senior at another school. Will matters improve for Mike at home, at school, and on the bike trail? And is a new romance in her future? In The Trail Rules, Hooyenga gives us an expertly-written, well-paced narrative and a fascinating and well-developed cast of teen and adult characters. On its surface, it’s a simple romance that incorporates high school social drama with personal growth through the physical, emotional, and mental challenge of a sport. Mike is a very likable teen who hasn’t yet found her own path or her inner courage. As she gains experience on the bike, she devises ten (plus one) “trail rules,” which also help her face the challenges of life. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the Ethics class and teacher, and the sensitive way the strain between Mike and her parents is portrayed. Some readers (or their parents) may be concerned with the appropriateness of certain language or scenes, but that said, this is an extremely positive and engaging story told in a very beautiful way. Highly recommended.
My review is 3.5 Stars The Trail Rules is a well-written, compelling, coming-of-age story. The author has a fun way of incorporating the “trail rules” for mountain bikers into the story applied to Mike’s everyday life. The theme of Mike learning not to just be a follower is subtle but woven throughout the story in a number of ways. As the second book in the series, this book can still stand alone though Mike first appears in the previous book and the way she ended up seeking new friends is explained in much more detail there. It also appears that there will be at least one more book, as a mystery involving one of the characters remains unresolved. There is mild swearing in the book, sexual innuendo, and more than innocent kisses. While it is not described in detail, it is mentioned that the characters are engaging in skin-on-skin kisses. There are also discussions between Mike and her best friend that make it clear that sex is perfectly acceptable to them. Personally, I have a hard time recommending this book because of my personal convictions. This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net I would like to thank Lady Amber's Reviews & PR for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.