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Review: None of the regular rules by Erin Downing

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.

My thoughts

This book is a cute read which I really enjoyed.

What I really liked about this book is that it wasn't all about a love interest (although there is one) and actually more focused on the main character in her own right. Sophie is a cracking main character and her story is interesting and engaging throughout.

Sophie has recently inherited a car from her long since decreased aunt. Her aunt died when she was young and Sophie always looked up to her and has always been keen to know more about her even though the rest of the family don't bring her up a lot. By chance Sophie finds a list of dares in the glove box of her aunt's car and decides to complete them in a bid to get to now her aunt more. This follows a fun story following Sophie and her friends as they try to complete the tasks. I really enjoyed following them and seeing their relationship develop over the book.

So this story isn't about a love interest and I really liked that. I enjoyed that it was about a girl who was happy on her own and didn't need a boy. That said there is a love interest in the form of the ever mysterious Johnny Rush. Johnny is the boy next door and he is soooo cute. I enjoyed every page with him on and while he isn't central to the story I did love the scenes with him in and the relationship that develops between him and Sophie.

All in all an enjoyable read which kept me quietly amused.