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Rules of Summer

(Rules of Summer #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,105 ratings  ·  325 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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May 11, 2013 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 McBroom
Jun 10, 2013 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
Princess Bookie
Nov 05, 2012 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
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to read the next book!
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
Apr 16, 2013 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
Kenna Jean
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
**Actual Rating 3.5**

I went into this without hearing anything about it from it on booktube or on the book blog relm, and I was perfectly happy about that. Actually I decided to look up Rules of Summer book Review on YouTube and only one video came up, so that should tell you something. I also didn’t really know what this book was about other than a middle class girl starts working for a rich family. I had no idea any of the romances in it or anything like that.
While I really enjoyed reading thi
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not your every day YA Romance. The best part about this book is the fact that the girl friendship trumps the love story. It's more about how Rory and Isabel connect than the side romances of theirs. I also liked how this book showed how some people still view the differences between people with money and people without. How certain people may think they are above others due to how much money they have, or where they're from, or even who they're family is. And how even if we're raised to ...more

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.

Mar 02, 2013 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.
Allison Winchester bean
DNF! I can’t believe I’m saying that with this book because I stopped with 2 chapters left!!! It was just boring!
Haileigh Brennan
I love the book Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin. The author did a great job expressing that you have to give everyone a chance because they can surprise you. She showed this very clearly in the characters thoughts and in the ending when summing everything up.
In this Young Adult Fiction book, Rory and Isabel who are from totally different backgrounds and social classes, come together and find that they can be the best of friends. After a long journey, they find that first impressions aren’t w
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was not high literature - pure escapism. I did like the main character, but the plot and writing were subpar.

I do enjoy a well written YA book, but I have an axe to grind with the genre in general. In so many of these books underage drinking is portrayed as normal and sometimes even glorified. This is a big problem. The teenage brain is still developing and alcohol has a proven negative effect on that development. The adults who write these books should keep that in mind. I never see illeg
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was okay.. I really liked the second half but the first half was just so boring which made it difficult to get through so 3 stars it is.
Jackie Simons
Read 10/17
I know. It's kinda shallow. But it was honestly pretty fun! I was very much reminded of the Au Pairs series by Melissa de la Cruz, which always gives me nostalgia to reading it in past summers. It was nothing deep, but it was a quick, entertaining read and I enjoyed the friendship. On a side note, I have decided not to read the second book as I liked the conclusion to this one and the rating drops quite a bit. 3.6/5 August 28 2017 ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original review:

I think these books are overlooked because I’m not sure why there are such few ratings on them because I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I definitely enjoyed the first one a bit more because I was a bit disappointed in the outcome of Rory in the second book. I had really hoped that things would go a certain way for her but it didn’t so the second book left a slightly sour aftertaste.

For me, the best part was the friendship between Rory and
Nov 12, 2012 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
Jun 10, 2013 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
Kelly, fornarelli-8
Apr 10, 2015 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
Kalla [A Bookish Nerd]
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!
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
Christy Martin
Apr 11, 2016 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
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Horrible. Boring. Big reveals without even an eyebrow raise by the main characters? Characters come and go with little to no explanation. The romances have no heat or chemistry. I can't figure out the point of this book at all. And maybe there's a sequel? Please God No! How did this get a glossy hardcover publishing? I've seen better writing in One Direction fan fic written by 14yr olds! Seriously! The people involved in the publishing of this monstrosity should be ashamed of themselves. ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It is a great summer read. There is a lot of drama, and I didn't want to put it down. Yes, it was predictable and a little far fetched at times, but I still liked reading it and will be reading the sequel as well! ...more
May 02, 2016 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.
Alyssa Lynn
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read for summer! Not too predictable and it wasn't just about the romances which I liked! Good story overall the plot twists were fun/exciting and the book was easy to read. ...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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