Thursday, February 28, 2013

TOUR: None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing
Publication date: November 20th 2012
Genre: YA Romance/Coming-of-Age
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.


None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing is an okay read.
It’s definitely not the best book out there but it’s worthwhile.  I love books that revolve around concepts such as that of Bucket Lists and the journey of finally finding yourself.
So it wasn’t very hard to pick this book up immediately.

I feel the plot the whole book is set on is quite a good one actually. Dead Aunt. Her list of things to do before she died. Hot Neighbour. Bestfriends. And self discovery.

All the things that attract the usual YA crowd.
This book had lot of promise but honestly, it couldn’t quite live upto it. I could see so many holes in the story while reading it and the protagonist in itself was a big turn off. The story was way too predictable and I had a hard time relating with the decisions the Sophie (The protagonist) made. What brought most of the book was the fact that I wasn’t buying the emotional side of the whole story. And the love story also felt a tad bland to me until the last few pages.

But there’s always a silver lining.

Aside from the main protagonist , I loved the sub-characters. Sophie’s bestfriends , Ella and Grace, were a treat to read about and there were some parts of the novel that gave us something to like about the book.

Overall, an okay read for times when you just need a book to read and can’t find one.


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

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