Published by Entangled Crush on April 2, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, High School, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)
Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?
Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.
But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.
Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm.
“That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See you later.”
She scurried off, and I was disappointed the conversation had ended so quickly. I didn’t mind watching her walk away, though. I loved how the girl filled out a pair of jeans. She had more bounce in her step than most of the cheerleaders. Kylie was just plain…perky. She always seemed to be happy and smiling. I’d suspected Kylie was one of those rare people who was always fun to be around. Spending time with her these past few months had proven I wasn’t wrong.
She finally rounded the corner, slipping from my view. As I twisted back around, something crinkled beneath my foot. On the floor, directly where we’d been talking, was a pink slip of paper. It looked suspiciously similar to the one that had been sticking out of Kylie’s notebook earlier today.
I swiped it off the floor as I cast another glance down the hallway. It was too late to call after her. I’d have to give it back to her later. I reflexively glanced at the page, assuming it was a recipe, but wanting to be sure it wasn’t something important. Something she might need immediately.
I glanced down the hallway again, confirming that she was out of sight and that she hadn’t realized she dropped the paper and was coming back. The hallway was clearing out, most of us anxious to get out of here at the end of the day.
With no sign of Kylie, I leaned against my locker and glanced at the sheet in my hand again. I was expecting to see items like Choose date and time for graduation party. Or Tour college campus.
I did not expect to see the items that were actually listed.
- Skinny dip (sort of)
- Sneak out (but don’t get caught)
- Prank someone (nothing destructive)
- Go to a party (no drinking)
- Kiss a boy (finally!)
- Watch a sunset (so romantic)
If I’d had any idea her list was going to be so private, I wouldn’t have read it. But once I’d seen it, I couldn’t exactly un-see it.
So I read it again.
Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope is a contemporary YA novel about two friends, Leo Zimmerman and Kylie Jenkins, who are about to let loose and be a little rebellious while realizing they may be more than just friends.
Leo Zimmerman has been crushing on Kylie Jenkins since the fifth grade and now that they are in their senior year of high school he is not any closer to finding the nerve to ask her out even though they’ve become friends with their best friends, Luke and Meg, dating. So, when Kylie comes up with a “Senior Checklist” of things she wants to do break out of her shell, Leo volunteers to do them with her.
Kylie Jenkins is tired of hearing from her sister that her life is boring and it doesn’t help that her parents are way overprotective. After listening to her sister, Allie, tell her how boring her life was and how she has not had a boyfriend yet, she writes down a list of things she’d want to do as a way to blow off steam. Not realizing that soon enough, she’d actually be doing them…with a little help.
I enjoyed Rules of Rebellion. Ms. Hope really let these characters shine and showed you their vulnerabilities and sensitive sides right off the bat. It really made it easy to become interested in these characters and their story as they slowly progressed from friends to falling more in love. The little adventures they go on as they began checking items on the list was great. The only thing that kept this from being perfect for me was how the conflict was interwoven into the story. It didn’t entirely work for me though it is hard to describe why without giving too much away.
Overall though, Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope is a great romance about falling in love, being yourself, and being rebellious…in a good way. I happily recommend.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
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