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The Slope Rules

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.

Or so she thinks.

A twist of fate--well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town--lands her in Blake's school, but the charismatic boy
Published February 24th 2017 by Melanie Hooyenga
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cally is vacationing in snowy Colorado. She loves the slopes and is a competitive Skier. Her mum loved the snow too and she feels close to her when Skiing. Unfortunately, it’s just Cally and her Dad these days. Her mum died in a car accident. At home, Cally is treated as one of the guys. They love her but in a platonic way. Colorado introduces her to a holiday romance she can’t get enough of.

Blake is Cally’s dreamy holiday romance. He seems perfect and her holiday relationship is swoon-worthy.
3.5 Stars

Let me just start off by saying I have never skied or snowboarded a day in my life. Heck, I've only ever seen snow like two times, but there's just something magical about reading love stories that take place in the snow. I blame Lorelai Gilmore.
When 15 year old Cally vacations in Colorado, she meets super dreamy boarder, Blake. Used to being seen as just one of the guys, Cally is unprepared for the attention Blake showers on her. Even though they're only together a short while, Cally
Paula  Phillips
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following in her mother's footsteps, Cally has become quite the skier, and after her mother had died, she became more focused on being just like her mother as she saw it as her mother's memory living through her. During a vacation in Colorado, Cally meets a snowboarder named Blake and sparks fly. For Cally, this is a first as normally the guys back home don't pay her special attention as she is viewed as one of them. Cally has a whirlwind Summer romance with Blake and when it's time to go home, ...more
Kate McMurry
Enjoyable, G-rated, YA sports romance

Calliope (Cally) is a 15-year-old, high-school sophomore. Her mother died tragically in a car accident when she was 8 years old and, since then, she's been phobic about riding on the left side of a car due to PTSD flashbacks of her mother's death. Cally's beloved mother was an outstanding skier, and she taught Cally how to ski, starting at age 3. As a result, skiing is not only important to Cally for its own sake, but because she feels emotionally connected t
Sweet and charming, this is a read about a sporty girl finding both first love and herself, while dealing with a lot of changes, old and new.

Cally is on a skiing holiday with her dad when she is helped up from a fall by Blake. Unused to being someone’s object of affection, she falls for him by the time she has to leave… only to find herself not only moved across the country but also into Blake’s school. But Blake is ignoring her, the Snow Bunnies are pulling her into their rich (and bullying) ci
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This story is a perfect combination of GREASE meets MEAN GIRLS set on the ski slopes of Colorado...a great story about friendship, standing up for what you believe and following your heart!

So many times people read YA books and are frustrated with how "immature" the characters act--forgetting that they're teenagers! The characters had their 15-year-old moments--but they were so realistic and true to the teenage mindset with things like making ne
Kim Long
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book for a ski lover

I really liked this book and started reading it based on my interest in romance YA books and skiing. It was a quick read and a page turner. I would recommend this book to skiers and those who like YA novels. I ended up getting Kindle Unlimited to read the second and third books in the series. Very excited to read the others after how good this book was.
Lissa Hawley
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Too many mean girls for my taste.
Danielle Hammelef
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found so much to love about this book--my first by this author and it won't be my last. I have all three books in this series ready to read this summer. I sped through this book faster than Cally raced downhill because I just couldn't put it down.

I loved the friendships, both new and old, and how supportive these friends were. Their interactions felt natural and real life. This author tackled the painful isue of bullying and did an excellent job exploring the pain and loss that results, as wel
Rebecca Reddell
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Slope Rules has a great start and does just as good a job with the finish. I received a copy in participation in the Seven Days of You blog tour. It is a great tour where there are different types of posts on different blogs. The Slop Rules is a deep dive into a teen’s life. Cally is a sophomore raised in Vermont who has a great set of friends, mostly guys and one best friend, Sophia. Cally is an athlete in a sport that tends to be filled with more males than females at her school, skiing. S ...more
Josie Shinkfield
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book!

Cally is a 15yr old girl, loves skiing and is 'one of the guys' back home. While on holidays in Colorado, she meets Blake, a cute guy that seems as into her, as she is into him. She is disappointed that their relationship won't be able to develop further since they live so far apart.

Turns out her holiday was actually a business trip for her dad, who is setting up a new brewery in Colora
Dela Knight
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Slope Rules is a great winter read.

"I don't chase guys. I am one of the guys. But here, in another state, maybe the rules can be different."

Cally is one of the guys back home but then she meets Blake, a gorgeous snowboarder, who likes her for her and not just what she can do on the slopes. Since Cally and Blake meet over a thanksgiving break and expect nothing more than the time of their vacation.

But things turn out a little differently than they thought it would. Cally must learn who she
Patrick Hodges
While I don't know much (okay, anything) about skiing, I truly loved this story. So much so that I almost want to take the sport up. Almost. :)

Cally is a fifteen-year-old girl forced to pack up and move from Vermont to Colorado after dad decides to open a brewery there. She has to leave behind friends and classmates and start over. Sadly, the death of her mother still haunts her. At a new school, she is forced to deal with new faces, new personalities, one truly awful girl named Brianna who take
Heather Meloche
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a good romance, and this book made my heart melt. <3 Cally is a serious skier, whose mother taught her how to face the slopes with style and some intense tricks before she died in a car crash. When Cally meets Blake on a vacation to Colorado by literally crashing on a ski run, they make an instant connection. But when Cally ends up moving to Colorado a couple months later, Blake won't talk to her at all, despite her being in his same school and in his English class. With some hi ...more
Stacey Schneller
What a cute read this was. This was my first read by this author and I am ready I read more. I was very happy with this story it wasn't something I normally would read beacuse of the sports in the book but I am glad that I did.

I really loved Cally in this story. A great character who I loved reading about and enjoyed. Blake was also a great character. They were both very strong and the romance was cute.

The plot was very good it moved right along and I enjoyed reading it every step of the way. Wh
Sara Alan
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Slope Rules was such a fun read—it sucked me right in with the action-packed first chapter and kept on delivering. Cally is the type of person I’d want to be friends with—self-aware, kind, funny, and down-to-earth. Plus, she is seriously cool with her extreme skiing talents, and, as a Coloradan who doesn’t ski (scandal!), I loved getting to experience the world of the slopes vicariously through her. Along with the excitement and romance, Hooyenga does a masterful job of balancing the story w ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I need to start this review by saying that I don't really like sports or romance in books... yet here I am writing a review about a book that contains both of those! I went into this book expecting it to be a typical boy meets girl story, however it is nothing like that.

Our story centres around a girl called Cally who loves snowboarding, it is her entire life and this makes her great at it. One vacation she meets another snowboarder called Blake, they instantly hit it off and enjoy a
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing I loved the most about this book is Cally, even though she is only 15 she is incredibly smart. She knows almost instantly that she can't trust the snow bunnies. I also love that she was smart enough to tell her dad about his missing notebook and she wasn't afraid to talk to her teacher/principal about what was going on with Brianna. She has been through a lot and she has also learned from those experiences which made her very enjoyable to read about. I would have liked a little of Blak ...more
Anna Kuyers
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. 15 year old Cally meets a hot guy named Blake on a vacation in Colorado. Cally and her dad move to Colorado and this book tells the great story of Cally's struggles and fun times. I loved how the author made things easy to picture. ...more
Kate (VerbVixen)
Solid skiing based book. LOVED that she had a great relationship with her dad. Good mix of boy drama, girl drama, and sport drama.
Alice Bottje
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlynn Robotham
I loved The Slope Rules. It was sooooo good I couldn't stop reading it, I finished it in less then 2 days(that is very fast for me). If you haven't read it yet I would definitely read it!!! ...more
Nicole Strand
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cute first love story. If you're a fan of Kasie West or Sarah Dessen, this book will be right up your alley. There's a good amount of drama, I mean a 15 year old in a new school is definitely going to be drama central. Some parts seemed a little too dramatic. I could definitely see it as a sequel to Mean Girls (LOVE IT!). There is a great amount of character growth for Cally. Overall this was a really good read, especially if you are looking for a cute romance book. ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't enough books like The Slope Rules out there in the world of romance.

The story:
The teenage Cally experiences one of the biggest highs and also biggest lows of teenage life. The former is a trip with her father, but not just any trip. It's a ski trip and the ski obsessed Cally is itching to be on those slopes. What she doesn't see coming is the boy she meets while there.
Fast forward to her father informing her that the worst is happening - she's being forced to move across the count
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just completed "The Slope Rules" after having been given an advanced copy in trade for an honest review in anticipation of its release ... and I am so impressed!

Cally, the main character, is a true role model for high schoolers dealing with all the drama and difficult situations that come with that territory. From drugs to sex, Cally deals with all of it in a way that will not even have a teenage reader thinking they were just given a lesson. The most important of which is likely when Cally po
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I'm not sure where to start with this book, there are so many things that I loved about it!!!!
~friendship - it was great to see true friendships in this book, (especially with the Cally and her girlfriends!) keeping the ones back in Vermont and developing new ones in Colorado, standing up for yourself and your friends
~family - Cally lost her mom several years ago and she has a great relationship with her dad! Loved seeing this in a YA book!
~skiing - not something you typically see in books, I l
SD Jericho
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I need to get my soapbox out of the way because this is a biggy for me: There is just too much sexual innuendo for normal 15-year-olds in this book. And then the added irritation of a girl making the innuendoes and then getting mad when she thinks the guy is taking it further.
Also, the MC and her best friend at one point refer to each other as “sl*t”. I just can’t. I am very glad that that train of expression didn’t continue because at that point I thought I really couldn’t get through
M.  [storme reads a lot]
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

What a cute read. I have been reading a lot of contemporary lately, and this is my first which didn't take place during summer. There is snow, skiing, and teen angst. It's definitely a lot of fun! Calmly meets Blake and they connect very well, but she is going back home after her trip. Then... surprise she is told by her dad they will be moving to Colorado to open a second brewery and she sees Blake again.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read!!

This story was about a teen girl named Calli who was vacationing in Colorado, which is where she meets Blake after crashing on the ski slopes. They had chemistry from the start. They see each other for the remainder of her stay and then keep in contact once she goes home. Shortly after, her dad opens a brewery in Colorado, where they move to. When she tells Blake this, he stops all communication and Calli does not know why. Well how surprised is she when she spots Blake at her
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Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan.

When not at her day job as the Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen

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