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The Rules of You and Me by Shana Norris

The Rules of You and Me by Shana Norris

The Rules of You and Me
by Shana Norris

The Rules of You and Me (Companion to The Boyfriend Thief)

By: Shana Norris

Release Date: June 24, 2013

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: Hannah Cohen has always lived her life by a set of carefully constructed rules to maintain the image of perfection. But now, the rules aren’t helping control the chaos that is quickly taking over.

Opting out of spending the summer in Paris with her mom, Hannah instead heads to the mountains of North Carolina to stay with her aunt. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a barrier between Hannah and the rest of the world, a safe haven where her secrets can be forgotten.

When Hannah crosses paths with Jude Westmore, a guy who hangs a different shirt from the tree in his front yard every day, she finds herself breaking out of the comfort of her rules and doing things she had never dared before. As the summer passes, Hannah and Jude grow closer and make up their own rules for dealing with life.

But when the secret Hannah has tried to forget is finally revealed, even the new rules can’t save her from possibly losing everything–including Jude.

This young adult romance is a standalone companion novel to The Boyfriend Thief.

 I gave Norris’ other books 3-4 stars, and I thought this book was cute enough, but it was just okay.

First of all, this story did NOT go with the plot in The Boyfriend Thief – not really anyway. Honestly, I totally forgot about Zac and Avery until I went back just now. And without having read the first book, you might have thought that Avery stole her best friend’s boyfriend. NOT the case. I mean, in hindsight, I GUESS it works, but it’s iffy.

I couldn’t connect with Hannah. I spent a good deal of the first part assuming she was rich but not understanding why. I had no clue what her father did of if her mother worked or was a stay-at-home trophy wife. And I couldn’t really tell if her hometown was big or small, and once I did, I couldn’t tell if it was a close-knit Hampton like community. And the book told us Hannah had a strict life with the image of perfection, but I didn’t really felt any sympathy for her.

As for the rest of the book, it was just a little bit too cliche for me. Rich, snobby girl (oh wait, she really isn’t) in a small country town. She meets the bad boy from the trashy, broken family that has a history that everyone in town doesn’t trust. Of course, she finds out who her real friends are and that the people she had dismissed (pre- and post-trip) were more valuable than she gave them credit for.

I think the background behind her mother, her aunt and her friends were great stories, but unfortunately, I felt like the book rushed to explain everything at the end.

Like I said, the book was cute enough – though there were no incredibly memorable scenes – though I thought Norris’ earlier works were definitely better.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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