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Rules of Summer (Rules of Summer #1)

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There are two sides to every summer.

When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it's as if she's entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She's signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules -- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. Upon arrival,...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2013)
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Juhina
3.5/5 stars


Rules of Summer is a similar but much better read than The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz. Both books are similar in the sense that an average, if not poor, girl ends up working for a rich family, this one living in the Hamptons. What is also similar is that there is a switching POV however this one is only between two girls, Rory, the girl staying at the house for the summer in exchange for being the errand girl, and Isabel Rule, the girl from the rich family that Rory is working fo...more
Suzanne
The Hamptons is one of those summer resort locations for the 1% wealthy, so working class Rory looks forward to spending a summer at one of those fancy beach mansions even it's just as an unpaid Girl Friday with the family who has employed her aunt as their housekeeper for years. Her mom is a hair stylist who relies on Rory a lot when her latest no account man breaks her heart. Her life in rural New Jersey doesn't exactly thrill.

Now it's time for Rory to see who she is in this new locale, in the...more
Taylor (Reading is the Thing)
Rules of Summer was an unexpectedly engrossing novel about love, heartbreak, friendship, and the class system. I started reading it because I was in the mood for a light summer read, then was surprised to find myself halfway through with absolutely no desire to put it down.

Rules of Summer alternates between focusing on Rory and Isabel, a duel narrative that I really enjoyed. It was a nice change of pace from the girl/boy duel narratives. Normally I have a hard time getting into a book that's wri...more
Owyn Cooper
Oct 10, 2013 Owyn Cooper rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Owyn by: someone who sucks
(This is from my blog http://thebookstoreinternchronicles.b... where you can find the full review with gifs. Yay gifs!

Okay at Teen Advisory Board in maybe April or May, I got this book called Rules of Summer. It's about this poor girl named Rory who becomes the errand girl for this rich family named the Rules. There's a girl Rory's aged named Isabel, who's "troubled" and spent the school year in California because she accidentally set the house on fire.

But here is why I DNFed it.

1. Isabel is a b...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
When I received this book through the post, I hadn't heard of it nor of the author, but I was immediately taken by the contemporary cover and the seasonal title. Admittedly, it's not been very summer-like here in North East England lately, but there's nothing like reading a book to completely sweep you away and, at least in your mind, change where you are! This book took me all the way to the sunny, extravagant Hamptons in the USA.

I wasn't sure if I liked the sound of this book from the blurb or...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
When Rules of Summer fell through my letterbox for review, perfectly timed, I had not heard of it. I was already planning on getting together a little stack of summery books to read and so Rules of Summer went straight onto the pile.

Rory McShane is a fairly normal teenager with a fairly normal life, but with one exception: she has to deal with a very difficult mother who is fond of alcohol and is apparently still stuck in teenagerdom herself. Rory has just had enough and so decides to spend her...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: I’m one of these people who don’t like it when the perspectives switch back and forth, especially without really telling us. And this book did that, a lot. It did bug me a little bit.

We are introduced to Isabel who is the rich families daughter. She is used to getting what she wants when she wants it. Guys fall at her feet, she never really has to second guess anything.

The other girl in this novel, my favorite, is Rory. Rory comes from another town where she lives with her mother w...more
Avery
Truth: I have a thing for books which take place in the Hamptons. Don't ask me why, I don't know. I just love 'em and consume them at a rate that is more than likely unhealthy. Therefore, when I stumbled across this book I knew that I had to read it. However, while this book started out exactly as I had hoped that it would, I slowly started to find my love for it wane more and more.

The biggest complaint I have about this book is that after having finished it I don't understand what its purpose w...more
Estelle
3.8 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

One thing that I absolutely love about reading is discovering books set in places you know. Right away, I felt bonded to Rules of Summer because of buzzwords like Montauk Highway, Hamptons, and even Stony Brook. I spent my freshman and sophomore year of college out in Southampton, and even though my school was in debt and closed (true story), the Hamptons are such a special place to me. (Like where I went on a first date with my husband...more
Sašenka
Džíííís. Celé zle. Pamätáte si telenovely v štýle Esmeralda, Perla, Divoký anjel atď? No a teraz z toho spravte skôr YA (hlavné hrdinky majú 16/17) a zasaďte to Hamptons a nie do latinskej Ameriky. A máte Rules of Summer. A hej aby som nezabudla. Napchajte to do 3 mesiacov.
Ja ani nejdem popisovať dej, pretože to všetko čo sa tam udialo... no ďakujem pekne. Bitch rich girl and bad poor boy. Poor good girl and rich boy that is not enough for her. A ešte kopec iných intríg a kadečoho.
čo bolo úplne...more
Book_uli
Inhalt:
"Eine Sommerromanze zum Verlieben in den legendären Hamptons


Sonne, Strand und Meer wünscht sich Rory neben ihrem Sommerjob. Als »Mädchen für alles« wird sie ihre Ferien bei der wohlhabenden Familie Rule in den legendären Hamptons verbringen. Doch es kommt alles anders: Die verwöhnte Tochter des Hauses macht ihr das Leben schwer, und sobald Rory Connor, den Sohn, kennenlernt, ist es um sie geschehen. Die Rules halten Rory allerdings nicht gerade für den richtigen Umgang für ihren Nachwuchs...more
Emma

-Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin
- Rory McShane, Isabel Rule
-The story is about summer, and the endless possibilities. It is about romance, fights, and what summer is all about. Rory is from out of town and she is staying with her aunt in East Hampton. Rory and Isabel are both seventeen years old, and from completely different backgrounds. At first they hate each other, but then they seek friendship, but does it last? Rory and Isabel each have a summer romance, and do those last?
-The conflic...more
Stefanie M
Ich hatte zu dem Buch bisher irgendwie erst eine Rezi gelesen, und die war negativ. Also hatte ich meine Erwartungen schon ziemlich runter geschraubt.
Was zu Anfang natürlich irritiert, ist dass das Buch aus zwei verschiedenen Sichten geschrieben ist.
Zum einen ist da Rory, die mehr auf ihre Mutter aufpassen muss, als das andersherum der Fall ist. Deshalb ist sie vernünftig, eher zurückhaltend und bodenständig. Trotzdem ist sie keine Langweilerin oder so. Sie ist einfach ein normales Mädchen, mi...more
Marcia
Der erste Satz
Sie hätte es wirklich jemandem erzählen sollen.

Meine Erwartungen
Ich bin ein riesiger Fan, der romantischen Contemporary-Bücher des cbt Verlags. Ich habe mit denen eigentlich nur gute Erfahrungen gemacht und greife immer gerne zu ihnen wenn ich etwas lesen möchte, dass beim Lesen glücklich macht. Dementsprechend habe ich auch immer relativ hohe Erwartungen. Und auch bei diesem Buch war dies der Fall. Als ich den Titel gelesen habe und das Cover gesehen habe, wusste ich, dass ich das...more
Alyssa
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin
Book One of the Rules of Summer series
Publisher: Poppy
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

There are two sides to every summer.

When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the bus in East Hampton, it's as if she's entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She's si...more
Hannah Victoria
I didn't totally dislike this book, I mean, it was an easy summer read and it was what I was in the mood for. But, I've read other contemporaries that are so much better. There was nothing I particularly hated, but I wasn't swept away either.

For starters, most of the characters felt very one dimensional and in a book set over one summer I need brilliant characters. I didn't feel anything for the romantic relationship - I was just groaning at the insta-love and the lack of any build-up or develo...more
Mella
Klappentext/Inhalt:

Sonne, Strand und Meer wünscht sich Rory neben ihrem Sommerjob. Als "Mädchen für alles" wird sie ihre Ferien bei der wohlhabenden Familie Rule in den legendären Hamptons verbringen. Doch es kommt alles anders: Die verwöhnte Tochter des Hauses macht ihr das Leben schwer, und sobald Rory Connor, den Sohn, kennenlernt, ist es um sie geschehen. Die Rules halten Rory allerdings nicht gerade für den richtigen Umgang für ihren Nachwuchs. Und Rory steht plötzlich vor der Entscheidung:...more
Annie
Jan 23, 2014 Annie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoy sequels and summer romance
This book piqued my interest because it had a fantastic cover and equally fantastic summary that drew me in. In a way this book let me down because I had higher expectations, like for the budding relationship between our two main characters Rory and Queen of the Rules, Isabel Rule!

I was expecting a fluffy summer read about two girls from two different worlds (and I did get that) but it didn't reach out to me. I didn't feel attached to the characters and the drama was something that didn't reel...more
Liz
This book can pretty much be described by the word “meh”. Everything was meh, the main characters, the love interests, the plot...I could get through it without wanting to hurl the book across the room, but I didn’t really enjoy it that much. It was just...meh.

Rory was the housekeeper’s niece, coming to stay with the rich Rule family for the summer as an errand girl. She was all right. She didn’t really stand out much or say much and she was a bit passive at times. She and Isabel, the youngest d...more
Valerie Pennington
I was expecting more out of this book than I got... I enjoyed the writing just not so much the plot or it's progression. I loved Connor but I didn't buy what was being sold to me. I didn't know what to make of Mike but I knew that it wouldn't work out because two relationships wouldn't work. It all just happened so quickly, Mike and Isabel were instantly a "thing", Connor instantly wanted Rory.... I just didn't buy it. The revelation at the end of the book was a non-thing when I felt like it sho...more
Samantha
I'm not sure how I feel about this book to be honest. While reading it, I was totally into the plot, but as soon as I put it down for a bit, I knew I'd have to force myself to pick it back up again. By the time I finished it, I was left rather unsatisfied. However, I wouldn't call this book a disappointing read; I kind of expected it.

So, if you're looking for a long but light read to recreate the feel of summer during these cold months, this IS actually a book I'd recommend. There was a nice mix...more
Brianna
I totally fell in love with this book!!! Rory is a great character who is thrust into the rich Hamptons life while helping out at the estate of the Rules for the summer. I thought her character was really rounded even though I thought the love interest wasn't the best pick it still ends cute. Isabel is perfect as the rich snob but quickly grows on me when she starts leaning on Rory more and more.
The back story with the parents and all is intriguing and makes for a little drama as well.
Perfect fo...more
Elizabeth
OMG I LITERALLY LOVED THIS BOOK STOP READING THIS GO READ RIGHT NOW.

Only rated 4 out of 5 stars because it was slow getting into, but oh man once it got started...

I don't understand why the lack of hype!! I think I have fallen in love with Connor Rule, I keep picturing Connor Franta.


OH OH OH and I just finished it and was telling my mom how I needed a sequel, and then I search this book to give this review and THERE'S ANOTHER ONE OUT THERE OMG OMG OK MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE.


YET AGAIN I SAY GO...more
Kailen Linnertz


I absolutely loved this book! I believe it was written very well and I can't wait to read the next "Since Last Summer." I was immediately intrigued with the plot and so excited to finish the book. This book had a lot of contrast with the characters and their backgrounds. The changes in setting and personalities also made this book interesting. I felt myself relate to each character in different ways and I really enjoyed that. Overall this book was truly amazing and I'll admit, it was one that ke...more
Kailen Linnertz
I absolutely loved this book! I believe it was written very well and I can't wait to read the next "Since Last Summer." I was immediately intrigued with the plot and so excited to finish the book. This book had a lot of contrast with the characters and their backgrounds. The changes in setting and personalities also made this book interesting. I felt myself relate to each character in different ways and I really enjoyed that. Overall this book was truly amazing and I'll admit, it was one that ke...more
Kevin
FANBOY POV:
The writing style is made out of pure love.

CRITIC POV:
I was hoping that other minor characters (who by the way are developed so well) played a lot more as elements of the plot.

THE REVIEW:

WRITING STYLE:
I love how it flows smoothly. The dialogue is genuine and every prose is there to set up the mood. It's is plain amazing. The transition from one scene to another feels like a movie moving you from frame to frame.

PACE:
To be honest, I don't know how to review this part for a couple o...more
Heather
3.5 stars. Full review at http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2...

I chose Rules of Summer because of the dreamy setting an promise of a light summer read in the Hamptons, on the tip of Long Island. Rory is a Jersey girl from a no nonsense background living wither her mom who seems to have a hard time picking reliable men. Tired of picking up the slack and being around the drama she packs up and takes a summer job with her aunt as the live in help of the Rule family, a blue blood high society we...more
Ms. Yingling
Rory wants to get away from her mother, who is always bringing home inappropriate boyfriends and making Rory pay bills and keep the household together. In exchange for running errands, she is allowed to stay with her aunt, who is a housekeeper for the Rules, a well-to-do family with a fancy house in East Hampton. Rory is quickly put in her place by the spoiled daughter, Isabel, and for a while, has to be content with being able to live in a great house and rub shoulders with the rich. When Isabe...more
Lyndsey Rushby
Rory, one of the main characters, has a nightmare of a mother and she can’t wait to get away from her. Luckily, her aunt works for a well-off family in East Hampton and manages to get her a job for the summer before going to college. When Rory gets there though, she’s amazed at the house that she’s about to stay in and even more so, the family who she’ll be working for. East Hampton is far from what Rory is used to and she fears she won’t fit in at all.

Although told from the points of view of b...more
Nicole
I wanted a light easy read and this cover pulled me in, when I noticed the author, I was mildly surprised. Her The Daughters series were actually one of my faves.

When I began reading this book, I thought it to be a typical summer read. Ordinary girl goes to hamptons and meets rich girl and things ensue. There is summer romance and first love. I felt this book was geared to older readers compared to her previous series. For one, this book talks about first times, feelings after and basically just...more
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Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of television host Regis Philbin. She started her first novel at the age of seven, but only got as far as the second chapter. She went on to receive her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She now lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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