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Published: June 11, 2019 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Description: Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainy that comes with falling in love.
Rule #1: Don’t get attached.
Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom’s boyfriends.
But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom’s “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie’s best friend—keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.
Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.
Amber is a character that I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to when it comes to the character's family dynamic. Amber's mother, Claire, has been in a series of relationships throughout Amber's life that have not worked out; these breakups result in Amber and her friend, Hannah, creating a list of rules on how to survive these relationships and when they go south. In the beginning, the readers are introduced to Claire's current boyfriend, Kevin, and how Amber and her mother have moved into his home. Amber does not even bother unpacking because she has come to terms with how quickly her mother's relationships end. However, the readers quickly discover that things are different this time around as Amber befriends Kevin's daughter, Cammie, and her childhood best friend, Jordan. Amber finds herself breaking the rules she has lived by since their creation, but starts to realize that just as the book's title suggests some rules are meant to be broken.
This is a book that you will want to have on your summer "TBR" list! Below, I have provided links for purchasing on various devices.
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