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None of the Regular Rules

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leavin
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published November 20th 2012
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Tanja (Tanychy)
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

This is one of these books that I thought I can't make mistake with. Well that's partly true, cause when I say I - I mean the person I used to's looks like that. But I should tell you more about the story first.

Sophie is a really typical young girl. She is in high school now and most of her days she is spending with her two best friends. Her neighbor next door is a bit older. He is leaving for college this summer and that's why he's hosting parties in his
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

When I started to read this book, I expected it to be a sweet, funny story about a girl who finds her aunt's bucket list. But it was so much more. It is a story about growing up, about friendship and finding themselves on the way.

When Sophie and her friends find her aunt Suzy's bucket list hidden in the car, they decide to complete it in their senior year. They wanted to shake up their last year in High School, but for Sophie it also mea
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, summer, arc
3.5 stars. (Goodreads, we really need the half rating.)

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading

Two words: Johnny Rush.

I just had to get that out of my system. Even though romance isn’t the main premise of None of the Regular Rules, Johnny is kind of a memorable character. He’s Sophie’s next door neighbor, her long-time crush, and he has a girlfriend. But because he opts out of college when all his friends are off to start their freshman year, he’s hanging around a lot and falls into a frie
A Canadian Girl
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, 2012
None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing was a quick, easy read. Though the story was decent, it was one that unfortunately didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. Perhaps because of the short length, the characters were also a bit flat.

While I liked Sophie, she and her friends were just a tad self-absorbed. As a result, my favourite character in the novel was probably Johnny because of his easygoing attitude and the way he helped Sophie and her friends with their dares, eventually becoming a
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Also posted in Oops! I Read A Book Again

I was gifted by Erin a copy for review. Wanting to read a contemporary YA, I dove straight into reading None of the Regular Rules and I was rewarded. It sure was a fun and sweet contemporary YA.

Sophie is your regular good senior - doesn't get into trouble, doesn't take risks, friends with the good crowd and she doesn't even go to her neighbor's party. Well, her neighbor is no other than Johnny Rush, incoming college freshman, which she's been crushing on f
Michele Miller
What a gem of a story!

Don’t you love it when you pick a book up having no expectations and it just pleases the heck out of you?? That is what I found with my most recent read ‘None of the Regular Rules’ by Erin Downing. I came across this book through my favorite tech friend Twitter. See Erin was offering up copies of None of the Regular Rules to bloggers for free in exchange for reviews so I thought “what the heck!” Now I had never read an Erin Downing book but I loved the cover and blurb so I
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary

Sophie Erickson is existing. She’s doing what’s expected of her. She doesn’t give her parents anything significant to worry about. She’s not edgy, not a rule breaker, doesn’t push the envelope or explore her boundaries. Sophie’s not unhappy, per se, but she feels adrift, restless, and tired of waiting around for amazing things to happen to her. So when she discovers her beloved aunt’s bucket list, an aunt who passed away when Sophie was a small child, she finds something to latch onto in her
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
None of the Regular Rules was a well written contemporary YA novel with wonderful characters that I felt like I knew and could relate to. This book was realistic in many ways without being extreme or gritty or dark. It dealt with many issues like coming of age, family, friends, romance, abuse, death, etc without being overly inspirational or overly dark, which I liked. While I do love gritty novels, this was not one of them and I thought that it still captured being a teenager extremely well.

Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Looking at the cover I thought it would be more romantic, but None of the Regular Rules is a story about friendship, freedom and living the moment without any regrets. I love the storyline, three friends finding a bucket list of dares and completing each one of them as they go along with their senior year in high school. It is such a fun concept and Erin Downing did a great job keeping the story entertaining considering it did dealt with some serious i
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
When I first heard of this book/ was offered the opportunity to read and review it I was beyond excited, as of late I have been on a contemp/ NA kick and this sounded right up my alley. However, as I began to read it I found my excitement begin to wane more and more. That being said, I did believe that the latter half of the book was much more enjoyable, much more along the lines of what I had expected.

I think that my biggest complaint about the book prior to the 50% mark were the characters. F
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I went into None of the Regular Rules without reading the blurb. Judging from the cover, I thought it would be one of those cute contemporaries and I was in the mood for a cute contemporary. But, None of the Regular Rules ended up being so much more than that.

I really enjoyed the character dynamics in this book. The main character, Sophie and her friends Ella and Grace were such colorful, well-developed characters that I saw myself being a part of their group. I will admit that they were not eas
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
None of the Regular Rules Review
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The reason why I think I loved this so much was because it was my first near perfect contemporary YA. Not the regular damaged girl meets damaged boy destined to be together type of contemporary, which I was really getting tired of. The romance in NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES is an important part of the story, but it is not the main focus. That is what made i
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
An ebook was provided to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

This book starts off pretty stranded for a fluff read. She has friends that lack some depth but it's something you know will be cute and you will enjoy. So I was reading this thinking this was pretty typical for this kind of story, but the book has a turning point that separates it from the norm. In some ways the events that occur are pretty ordinary, but where Downing takes them and what she does with th
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

Sophie is sick of doing the same old things day after day. She’s graduating soon but she feels as if she has no direction or purpose whatsoever. So once Sophie find's her dead aunt's bucket list she finally feels like she has something to do. So Sophie and her friends decide to give this list of dares a chance.

None of the Regular Rules is a wonderful coming of age story that deals with self-discovery, fear and love. It’s also a lesson that points out that nothing is as it seems.

You cannot help b
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to have this book gifted to me by the Author Erin Downings. I read this book in about 8 hours. I stayed up until 3am to finish this book. I literally could not close my eyes until this book was finished. Now this is a little different of a book I am use to reading. I love adult romance books, and often enjoy a good YA novel. This book was extremely powerful. I really felt the emotion Erin Downing put into this book. You actually felt like you were living in the book. I am so pro ...more
Bayan Basri
None of the Regular Rules is a story that teaches you that sometimes when you set out to find yourself, you have to lose yourself in the process.
The best thing about this book is Sophie. She's the quiet girl that everybody knows, but no one really knows. Her responses and mistakes are realistic. Sometimes when I'm reading a book I think:"How the hell did she/he get in this situation? It could have been easily avoided!". Plus, even though she really liked Johnny, she didn't start anything with h
Jannat Bhat
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was such a wonderful story. None of the Regular Rules is a book about growing up and learning who your friends are, living for now and taking chances. It's also about the lasting power of friendship and admitting when you're wrong in order to move forward. Sophie, Ella and Grace's personalities were all so different that they occasionally clashed, and to me that was the interesting part of the story. And the sweet romance too, of course! I could have done with more of Johnny Rush hehehe but ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to feel the pressure of trying something new – of risking something before we were thrown out into the world with a bunch of strangers and all of the security of home stripped away.

Senior year is about to begin and Sophie Erickson has decided that she wants more from her life than her safe, parental-approved existence. She sees her future after high school stretching out before her with a big blank, impenetrable wall blocking the way, and she's ready to do something to change that
Asheley T.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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There is also an international giveaway up on the blog until 3/10/13.

None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing came along at exactly the right time for me. It was exactly the book I needed to read, but it actually was exactly the book I wanted to read as well. It was such a great story about a girl searching for something, anything
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted HERE.

Bucket lists. We all have them. Sure, the may not be technically written, but they're there in the backs of our minds. After reading this book's blurb, I knew that I had to read it. I've just started writing a bucket list a few weeks ago, and almost immediately after, I chanced upon this jewel of a novel. It's almost like fate, huh?

Sophie is at a time in her life where every single thing she does had become part of a boring routine, and she can't quite shake the f
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing was one book I opened up, started to read, and before I knew it I was at the end wondering how in the world I got there. I lost all track of time when reading this book. It’s not enough to say that I loved, enjoyed, adored, and ravished this book with all of my being.

Main character Sophie, and one amazing one at that, was the quiet, kept to herself kind of girl. She wasn’t extraordinarily beautiful nor popular in any high standard, but was down to earth
Ashley Ehlers
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Originally posted here with Giveaway~ http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot...

When the concept of a book happens to be about a list of dares or some sort of bucket list, I am automatically drawn to it. Why? Because I think it’s a blast to watch the characters do things that are out of their comfort zone and sometimes those things may just end them up in some funny situations, so yea I enjoy these kinds of books.

So the moment I st
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sophie’s life is pretty boring. It’s safe. She’s nearly eighteen years old, starting her senior year of high school, and she’s ready for a change. She’s finished with spending her weekends watching movies and having sleepovers with her two best (and only) friends, Grace and Ella. She’s ready for adventure, which arrives in the form of a list she finds in the car of her dead aunt Suzy. It’s a list of dares, of things that Suzy never got to do, and Sophie decides to follow her aunt’s dreams, as th ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I was kindly gifted this to review by the author, it’s currently only available as an ebook, but if you’re from the UK like I am. It’s only £2.00 in the kindle store so it’s not a bad price as books go.
Right, so, the book:
This is the story of Sophie as she is about to embark on her senior year and, like most people leaving school, she wants it to be special. However, she fears that it won’t be and that she’ll be unsatisfied with her final year of school if she can’t even work up the courage to
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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None of the Regular Rules most definitely lived up to my expectations with the way Erin Downing combined romance, aspiration, and inspiration into one very neat package.

It all starts when Sophie finds a bucket list in her aunt's glove compartment and decides to complete all of the dares on the list. What begins as an attempt to live out Sophie's aunt Suzy's list soon spirals into a frantic search to feel closer to Suzy, to hon
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, romance
None of the Regular Rules was an awesome story. It has romance, friendship, and amazing character growth. :D

Sophie was a wonderful main character. I found her super easy to relate to...and I definitely could put myself in her shoes since I tend to be a bit more cautious just like she was. I loved that she was willing to put herself out there, and once she started taking risks, I was super impressed by her! :D I also loved her friends Ella and Grace, although I must admit when Sophie was annoyed
Jim Dean
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(Note: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Just before senior year starts, Sophie, Ella and Grace find a list of dares written by Sophie's aunt Suzy. Suzy died a decade ago and has barely been spoken of since by Sophie's family. To pay tribute to her, the trio make up their mind to complete every dare on the list. But as much fun as ticking off items like "change a tyre", "go to a party" and "sneak into the planetarium" is, nothing can prepare Sop
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
My initial reaction:

I bought this book on a complete whim, not even reading the description before starting to read it. I kind of wish I had read the description, because I'm not sure I would have bought it and read it, otherwise. I mean, it was only $2.99, but still. I should have just borrowed it from the Kindle Lending Library. Anyway...

This was just the generic feel-good coming-of-age contemporary Young Adult novel. There wasn't anything particularly special about it. It was relatively well-
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
This book was a pleasant surprise for me! I really was expecting this to be something sad and depressing and it was actually more about Sophie finding herself than anything. When Sophie finds a list of "dares" that her aunt made before she died, she knows it has to mean something. She sees this as an opportunity to finish Suzy's bucket-list, but also for Sophie and her 2 best friends to mix it up for their senior year. Sophie is struggling to find herself and doesn't feel like she fits in with h ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
None of the Regular Rules, published on Kindle only, is the second Erin Downing book I've read, and I enjoyed this one just as much as Kiss It. Erin has a sharpness to her writing that instantly makes me like her main characters, in this case Sophie, Ella and Grace. This friendly trio reminded me of the girls from Ann Brashares' Sisterhood series: loyal, forgiving and BFFs forever.The love interest, Johnny Rush and his handy lawnmower, played a great part and sucked me straight into the story. I ...more
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