Being a bully isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.
Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.
Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.
Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.
Published October 26th 2018 by Left-Handed Mitten Publications
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I absolutely love this book. Brianna is the girl everyone hates. She's privileged, stuck up and totally self-involved. Under the surface, her life is falling apart and she is realising that being cruel is more effort than it's worth. She becomes a kleptomaniac. Brianna wouldn't be caught dead in any of the jewellery she's stolen, but she just can't stop until she gets arrested. Her dad manages to get her off with community service. Unfortunately, her dad has a bombshell of his own to drop. Her mum and dad are separating. This family is all about keeping up appearances. It's all Brianna has ever known. Her dad wants her to finish her community service as soon as possible and in return, he will take her on Christmas vacation to Switzerland.
The community service is litter picking. It's not glamorous but it's easy work. The bus that drops the offenders off is full of quirky characters but mystery guy is the one that catches her attention most. He's tall, dark and tattooed. Xavier is the type of guy Brianna wouldn't look twice at. He doesn't come from money and his image isn't squeaky clean. Brianna finds a best-friend she genuinely likes and a boy who someone could really love.
Brianna has to get over herself if she wants a chance with Xavier. She also has to cleanse her past. Her former self, hurt a lot of people. The mean girl is about to find the path to forgiveness.
Brianna is a strong independent character and even though her world is crumbling around her, Bri holds her head high. Her relationship with her mother has always been cold but now they need each other more than ever. Together they learn that being nice actually has benefits.
Xavier is a great book boyfriend. He's kind and caring. His personal character is everything Brianna needs but his looks and status are something she has to get over. Brianna struggles with her inner demons. She wants to be a better person but the transition will take time. Along the way, she learns to snowboard, saves a friend and finds kindness in her heart. This book has so much to offer in personal growth for our main character.
I totally have a thing for hot, tattooed, Spanish speaking Mexicans. Xavier was an 11 on the hotness scale and his personality is swoon-worthy.
The Edge of Rules is more than a romance. It's about Brianna becoming a reformed character. I loved every minute. I would highly recommend this book. It's going on the favourite shelf! 5+ stars out of 5.
The Edge of Rules contains mild sexual references.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review as part of the chapter by chapter blog tour.
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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