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Rules of Summer (Rules of Summer #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,905 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
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, she
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 30, 2013 Juhina rated it liked it
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
Taylor (Novel Ambition)
Jul 15, 2013 Taylor (Novel Ambition) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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
Apr 16, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-slj
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
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
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
Ein weiteres YA-Sommerbuch, dass mich leider nicht komplett überzeugen konnte.

Die Geschichte ist absolut nicht neu und sehr klischeehaft. Es konnte mich zwar gewissermaßen unterhalten, aber es war leider nichts besonderes. Außerdem war es wirklich sehr sehr vorhersehbar. Manchmal mag ich sowas, aber hier hätte es vielleicht nen letzten Funken ausgemacht, um das Buch etwas aus der Masse hervorstechen zu lassen.

Sprachlich hatte ich es zum Teil eher kindlich als jugendlich empfunden. Ganz im Ernst,
Sep 08, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it

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.

Jul 10, 2015 Stefanie rated it really liked it
Fun summer contemporary romance set in the Hamptons, somewhere i would love to spend summer in. This would be a perfect beach read.
Mar 20, 2015 Julianna rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to read the next book!
Eeeeeeeendlich. :O
Kelly, fornarelli-8
May 28, 2015 Kelly, fornarelli-8 is currently reading it
In the the book, The Rules of Summer, 17 year old Rory McShane trades in her job flipping burgers and scores a summer job on the east side of the Hamptons, a popular vacation sight for the top 1% of America. Rory gets to live in the Rule’s beachfront mansion in exchange for running a few errands and small tasks around the house. Rory thinks the summer will be stress free until she meets the youngest Rule Isobel. Isobel is the typical rich girl who thinks she can get away with anything she wants. ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Rory McShane decides to spend the summer at the Hamptons working for a wealthy family; it's the same wealthy family her Aunt Fee is a housekeeper for. The Hamptons is a welcome escape from her needy mother and her string of bad boyfriends that somehow find their way into their apartment. All Rory has to do is run errands for the Rule family and in turn she gets to live in this gorgeous beach front mansion. Rory assumes it will be smooth sailing until she meets the youngest Rule, Isabel, who is b ...more
Princess Bookie
May 21, 2013 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
Shelves: a-net-g, read2013
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
Jun 24, 2013 Avery rated it it was ok
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
May 15, 2013 Estelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Estelle by: Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
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
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
May 08, 2016 Cecilia rated it really liked it
Amazing, but a bit predictable at some points. Loved the Conner and Rory romance! Excited to read the next one.
Apr 30, 2016 Lanae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen-aged to young adult girls
I read a very good book recently called the “Rules of Summer” by Joanna Philbin. The book was very entertaining. I was able to relate to the main characters of the book, as they are teens. Philbin did seem to right the book in a bit of a scatter brained way. The book was surprisingly an unexpectedly, engrossing novel about the troubles of teen love, relationships, heart break, and friendships. Rory and the other main character, Isabel Rule, are the two duel narrators in this novel. The novel is ...more
Dove G
Apr 13, 2016 Dove G rated it really liked it
This book had its ups and downs but it was overall a fantastic read. There is something about reading summer books when it's still snowing outside that fills me up with joy and happiness. I really liked the unique plot line. There was an average girl who works for a rich family for the sake of running away from home and making an unforgettable summer. She falls in love with the wrong guy, someone way of out her league, and she finds herself in a mountain of lies and secrets that eventually lead ...more
Christy Martin
Apr 11, 2016 Christy Martin rated it it was ok
After reading the Daughters series by Philbin, I was looking forward to reading Rules of Summer, an older YA title. Sorry to say that this was a disappointment. It was almost like she was writing her own episode of Gilmore girls, in fact the main character was named Rory (same personality as the television character) and Isabelle could have any rich girl at Chilton. I wanted to see the two girls build a real friendship and bond, but other than riding in the car for driving lessons and going to t ...more
Julie Lectures D'Une Nuit
Voilà une excellente lecture d’été que je ne regrette absolument pas tant elle était fraîche et divertissante. Même si le thème n’est pas une innovation en-soi, il faut dire qu’il est assez peu utilisé. Car oui, c’est bien le thème qui m’a attiré vers ce livre dont le titre n’est pas très aguicheur, il faut bien le reconnaître.

Rory est une jeune fille de 17 ans mais qui pourrait tout aussi bien en avoir 40 car c’est elle qui gère tout dans sa maison. Sa mère a une tendance alcoolique et aime les
Jun 27, 2015 Anna rated it liked it
"Rules of Summer" was pretty good for your typical beach read. I always have loved Philbin's characters for being in the upper class world because I have never experienced it. She clearly makes it seem as exotic and dramatic as always. This is a book narrated by someone on the outside about a middle class girl named Rory and an uber-rich, social queen Isabel. Of course, they hated each other in the beginning and eventually became best friends. Anyone could totally see it coming. Rory gets a job ...more
Romancing the Book
Jun 07, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it liked it
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

If you are looking for an easy read…something to make you forget all that money spent over the holidays or on vacation Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin will do that for you. It is something to grab for the beach, on the plane or just staying in from the cold.

I found the two main characters Rory and Isabel fun. They weren’t overly intense yet they were your typical teenagers. At first testing each other
Emilee Vaughn
The main characters of this book are two seventeen year old girls who are so different but so much more similar than they think. Isabel and Rory are from two way different social classes however they find themselves hiding from the same obnoxious people and also tend to care way too much about what their families will think of them. Each of the girls could learn a valuable lesson from one another. Both girls are fun loving but also driven to get what needs to be done, done. Isabel has always bee ...more
Das Leseleben
Jul 24, 2014 Das Leseleben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing

-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
Jul 22, 2015 Heav rated it it was amazing
This book had it all: good plot, amazing characters, proofreading is a
Stefanie M
Jul 12, 2014 Stefanie M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah (Lemonade Library)
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
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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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