This book follows Mike as she believes she has the perfect life at the moment. Although once Mike starts to look at her life, maybe everything isn’t as perfect as it seems. Mike is into mountain biking and found a new group to hang out with that don’t go to her school and aren’t tangled into all the drama that her school brings. Mike gets to be almost a different person on the trail and needs to make some life decisions she is afraid to make.
This is the second book in The Rules story so if you read the first book you know a little about Mike prior to the story beginning, but this book could completely be read as a standalone novel.
Mike was a great main character. The author gave us a nice conflict of figuring out what to do when you have previous expectations. I loved that the chance was there to blaze your own path. I loved that we got to get a lot of feelings from Mike as she was trying to make decisions about what she really wanted out of life. I enjoyed getting to know Mike in this book.
I loved the mountain bike aspect of the book. I know a little about mountain biking, but the author did a great job bringing it to life in the book and making it work. I didn’t know how intense it could be and the author did a great job grabbing my attention with mountain biking.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. There were parts of the book I found that I could put it down and keep reading the next night. I enjoy a book where I can read a little bit here and there.
I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Tours to provide an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
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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