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 told such a good story. I loved the idea of trying to complete every item on someone’s list in life. Their were so many deeper and more serious scenes that also ran throughout the book.
Sophie and her two best friends set out to complete every dare. I liked all of these characters, although each of them had their own flaws. One of the things that got on my nerves was how the list became almost an obsession with Sophie. She felt that she absolutely had to complete everything. Also, at times she could definitely be selfish. Overall, she still was a really likable character.
Johnny Rush (I love his name ;) was such a sweet guy. I thought it was great how much he tried to bring Sophie out of her comfort zone and helped her out with everything. He was a great guy. As the list went on, Sophie discovers more things about both her Aunt Suzy and herself. I liked seeing how all them characters developed so much over time.
The tasks that were completed were such good ideas, and it made me think of all the different things that I want to do in life. The writing was great and I never lost interest in what was going. The serious topics handled in this book were all handled so well and added some more seriousness to the plot. It still was a really fun book.
None of The Regular Rules is a great, super cute read that I’d highly recommend. I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers.
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