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None of the Regular Rules [Kindle Edition]

Erin Downing
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Beautifully written and hilarious, with a charming lost soul of a boy whom readers will fall in love with." - Jennifer Echols, award-winning author of Going Too Far and Such a Rush

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, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy's list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy's last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.

None of the Regular Rules is a hilarious, heartbreaking, and sexy new novel from the author of Drive Me Crazy and Kiss It.


Praise for Erin Downing's books:

"Fast-paced romance..." - STACKED

"The ending was so sweet and perfect..." - An Addicted Book Reader

"[Kiss It] is a contemporary version of the book that Judy Blume wanted Forever to be--a book of good sex and good memories for an assertive girl who knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto and without apology." - The Bulletin

"Spectacular moments of hilarity, yet at the same time, touches on some serious issues." - The Story Siren (Kiss It was named one of The Story Siren's 'Most Hilarious Reads' of 2010)

"I will definitely be picking up Erin Downing's past and future releases." - The Book Scout

"The writing was hilarious..." - Dreaming in Books

"Deals with some rough issues ... with grace and humor throughout." - A Good Addiction


Editorial Reviews

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"Beautifully written and hilarious, with a charming lost soul of a boy whom readers will fall in love with." - Jennifer Echols, award-winning author of Going Too Far and Such a Rush

"The heat between [Sophie and Johnny] is so great that if it wasn't an e-book, I'd be expecting the pages to catch fire. Sophie is a wonderful main character but Johnny is seriously swoon-worthy, and gets more so every time he's on the page." - YA Yeah Yeah

"A refreshing contemporary YA that makes for a great light read with a lot of realness to it." - Love, Literature, Art, & Reason

"Johnny is simply crusherific! His quirky personality and escapades are different from the typical 'hot macho bad boy' lead males we get to love so often. You will fall in love with Johnny Rush, I promise." - SupaGurl Books

"This is the kind of YA book that leaves you with a feel-good feeling of hope for the future. By mixing a sad story with a story of growing up, Erin Downing has created a compulsive read with memorable characters." -Wondrous Reads

"There haven't been many things that I have devoured while reading recently, and I finished this book in one sitting." -Leilani Loves Books

"If you haven't read None of the Regular Rules...what are you waiting for? This is a MUST read. Walk, run to your computer and get it. You will not be disappointed." -Le'Book Squirrel

"I literally could not close my eyes until this book was finished...this book was extremely powerful." -Swoon Worthy Books

About the Author

Erin Downing has written more than a dozen books for young adults, tweens, and kids. Her guilty pleasures include an unhealthy obsession with reality TV and cheesy romantic dramas (Revenge! Alias!), an addiction to Us Weekly magazine, and cupcakes.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. Erin has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and kids. More information about Erin and her books can be found at: erindowning.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA054V0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great YA novel for everyone... December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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 shot her a message and she sent me the book. Well can you say win-win? Thanks Erin for offering up your book because I loved it and here is my review...

The official Blurb:

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, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy's list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy's last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down April 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sophie and her very different best friends find a list of dares in Sophie 's late Aunt Suzy's glove box. They decide to do the dares to live a little during their senior year. They find out it isn't so easy to do the dares and keep their friendship intact. There is also a certain boy named Johnny that Sophie is crushing on along the way and it is a bit complicated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
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 but fall in love with the characters that Erin Downing has created-They were lovable, flawed, funny and very very real.

I could relate very well to the MC Sophie, she was a cautious girl who preferred to watch life from the side-lines rather than be a part of it.No she was not just a wallflower, she was more than that. She wanted to be a part of all of it.She wanted to come out of her shell. Her need to be something more was relate-able. Sophie and her friends Grace and Ella are very different but this does not stop them from being very close. Their friendship was portrayed well and it's a very important part of the story. This was a pleasant change because usually the book revolves around a love story.

Sophie's love interest Jonny Rush (yes, that really is his name!) seems like the cliché golden college boy with his good looks and charm. He is the life of the party. But that's not all he is, he’s so much more.Jonny's relationships with Sophie was realistic and well built. None of that silly insta-love.With a little help from the bucket list their friendship evolved into a sweet romance.

Erin Downing is an amazing author who deals smoothly with sensitive issues and yet manages to make you believe and feel good.None of the Regular Rules is a bitter sweet novel that leaves you with hope and inspires you to be more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super enjoyable and a fast read! July 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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 and an easy going type of person that you could not help but like. She was the type of character you could have met in real life and become friends with easily. I loved the way she carried herself, her little quips and quirks, and the quiet confidence and self-assurance she had but didn't know she did. To me, Sophie was more than comfortable in her skin. She was scared of the future, but determined to do something, be someone, and not fade into the background. She was in no way perfect, flawed in every aspect, but real in every sense.

The idea of finding a bucket list and going through the notion of fulfilling everything on that list was a very interesting twist that drew me in from the beginning. Better yet, I loved that there was a story, something meaningful behind the list for Sophie. It wasn't just a list to complete, but a sort of way to honor and remember Sophie's beloved aunt. It was the opening that gave Sophie the courage to do things she has never done before and I reveled in her new found outlook in her life.

I really enjoyed the dynamic friendship between Sophie, Ella and Grace. They were like the the Gilmore Girls, only plus one with their clever, never ending banter. It was obvious how close and deep their friendship was.
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3.0 out of 5 stars None of the Regular Rules
When I first read the synopsis of None of the Regular Rules, it sounded like a cute YA contemporary romance and something that might be a fun, light read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story About Friendship
I would like to point out that the cover of this book is misleading. Although there is romance in this book, None of the Regular Rules is more a book on friendship and... Read more
Published on March 25, 2013 by Sunshine Hafner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great study of friendship
Imagine being a little girl and losing someone in your life who you idolized. Someone that died far too soon. Read more
Published on March 11, 2013 by Heather R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute with an interesting premise...
3.5/5 stars

Sophie Erickson is existing. She’s doing what’s expected of her. She doesn’t give her parents anything significant to worry about. Read more
Published on March 11, 2013 by Dani
4.0 out of 5 stars Good balance of humor, romance and friendship, with some darker topics...
When Sophie discovers her dead aunt's to-do-list she decides it is a good idea to complete it along with her best friends. Read more
Published on March 3, 2013 by NextDoorGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet gentle coming-of age story.
A sweet, gentle coming-of-age story for a girl, a group of her friends and the journey they take to fulfill a dead girl's dreams - even as small as they are. Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by Sandy @ Craving YA Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!!
This book was really good! It was a fun, quick and easy read. I loved the romance and the way Erin had her characters grow within the novel. Read more
Published on February 28, 2013 by Amanda @Stuck In YA Books
3.0 out of 5 stars Much more light hearted than expected.
Sophie is feeling a bit lost in the world. Senior year is about to start and she has no real plan for her life. Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Black Heart Reviews (formerly GingerRead)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about risk-taking, friendship, and getting to know...
None of the Regular Rules was an awesome story. It has romance, friendship, and amazing character growth. :D

Sophie was a wonderful main character. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Ambur (Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great young adult story!
None of the Regular Rules is a coming of age story about Sophie, who is getting ready to start her senior year of high school. Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by Tishia (Paranormal Opinion)
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More About the Author

ERIN DOWNING has written more than twenty-five books for adults, young adults, and kids (some as Erin Soderberg). She loves writing funny, contemporary stories filled with fun and hilarious friends, cute guys, and girls who can stick up for themselves. When she's not writing, she enjoys going out to eat with friends, watching cheesy romantic dramas on TV, and walking her adorable dog (and kids) around the lakes near her house.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Erin worked as a book editor, spent a few months as a cookie inventor (but quit after she ate too many), and also worked for Nickelodeon. She has lived in England, Sweden, and New York City, and now resides in Minneapolis with her cute husband, three charming children, and one very fluffy (but not wimpy!) dog. More information about Erin and her books can be found at: www.erindowning.com

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