Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review & Giveaway : None of the Regular Rules - Erin Downing

Author: Erin Downing

Title: None of the Regular Rules

Published: November 20th 2012 
Format: eBook
Source: Received a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review

Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

My Thoughts

Sophie is sick of doing the same old things day after day. She’s graduating soon but she feels as if she has no direction or purpose whatsoever. So once Sophie find's her dead aunt's bucket list she finally feels like she has something to do. So Sophie and her friends decide to give this list of dares a chance.

None of the Regular Rules is a wonderful coming of age story that deals with self-discovery, fear and love. It’s also a lesson that points out that nothing is as it seems.

You cannot help but fall in love with the characters that Erin Downing has created-They were lovable, flawed, funny and very very real.

I could relate very well to the MC Sophie, she was a cautious girl who preferred to watch life from the side-lines rather than be a part of it.No she was not just a wallflower, she was more than that. She wanted to be a part of all of it.She wanted to come out of her shell. Her need to be something more was relate-able. Sophie and her friends Grace and Ella are very different but this does not stop them from being very close. Their friendship was portrayed well and it's a very important part of the story. This was a pleasant change because usually the book revolves around a love story.

Sophie's love interest Jonny Rush (yes, that really is his name!) seems like the cliché golden college boy with his good looks and charm. He is the life of the party. But that's not all he is, he’s so much more.Jonny's relationships with Sophie was realistic and well built. None of that silly insta-love.With a little help from the bucket list their friendship evolved into a sweet romance.

Erin Downing is an amazing author who deals smoothly with sensitive issues and yet manages to make you believe and feel good.None of the Regular Rules is a bitter sweet novel that leaves you with hope and inspires you to be more.

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My Rating

The Author

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.
Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at:

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Enter The Giveaway


  1. Glad you enjoyed this, I've heard such amazing things about it. Sophie sounds like an amazing main character, and Johnny sounds pretty great too. Nice review!

  2. Great review! I definitely am going to check this out!

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    (New Follower!)

  3. I really like the sound of this one! Really want to read it now! ☺

  4. I am seeing lots of good review about this book, definatly want to check it out for myself too.

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination we are honoured,Lauryn!
      We no longer accept awards but it's the thought that counts so thanks! :D


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