The Rules of Rebellion, by Amity Hope
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Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: April 2, 2018
Length: 190 pages
Times Read: Once
Rating: A fast read, but predictable
1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)
Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?
Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.
But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.
What I Liked: It was short? Is that a likeable quality? To be fair, I didn’t necessarily dislike this book, but I definitely didn’t love it. If I hadn’t already committed to taking part in the blog tour, it probably would have ended up a DNF for me.
♥ Leo and Kylie. They were predictable, but a cute couple anyway.
♥ Oh, the candy making! I liked that! Kylie strives to be a confectioner, and she spends a lot of time in the kitchen coming up with her own creations and testing them out on her friends.
♥ The sisters. They were actually kind of confusing at first because Kylie has like, three sisters, but only one lives at home, and the other two are rarely mentioned. But I liked that Allie, the youngest sister, was always pushing Kylie to do new things and get out more. This might be because I often feel like my younger sister is taking care of me and making me do things like go for a run and put the cookies down.
What I Didn’t: I mean, I didn’t HATE it…
⊗ Too many extraneous characters. There were SO many names, and SO few of them mattered. I didn’t need to know that this friend was dating that guy, and this guy was on the baseball team, and blah blah blah. There was one guy who they kept setting up as a villain, only he didn’t really do anything? I didn’t get it.
⊗ Predictable. The characters and the story were cheesy and the dialogue wasn’t great. The writing seemed very much like what a first time author would put out, only this wasn’t her first book by a long shot.
Final Thoughts: It’s really not a bad book–it just wasn’t for me. The characters aren’t rich enough to make up for the lack of plot, and the story line isn’t enough to make up for the predictability. But some readers will love this for sure!
Favorite Quotes: “I thought of all the fun I could have if I let myself.”
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About the Author:
Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.
She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.
Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.
If she’s not writing or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.