I’m not fond of the word lovely. It’s like vanilla, and absolutely nothing is wrong with vanilla. And to show myself how wrong my perception of lovely is, I’m about to use it for this book. Which is, in fact, lovely.
The book is The Edge Rules (The Rules Series 3) by Melanie Hooyenga, a Young Adults, Contemporary.
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.
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Blood roars in my ears and my vision blurs. This is real. I was really arrested and put in a police car and locked in jail. His words ping-pong through my head.
As in the permanent record you’re warned about as a child, but by the time you reach high school is nothing more than a joke. But this isn’t a school record that gets thrown in a closet after you graduate. This could follow me for the rest of my life.
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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.
Physical Copies of the series (US). Digital copies for international winners.