Rules We're Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson

Author Natalie Williamson
Title Rules We're Meant to Break
Genre contemporary, ya, romance
Number of pages 304
Published June 11th, 2019 by Swoon Reads

Received from Xpresso Book Tours

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Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainty 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.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We’re Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.
Praise for Rules We’re Meant to Break:
“The last time I devoured a book like this—I can’t even remember. … It was so openhearted and raw.” —Clarissa, reader on

“It is such a true true story about a girl finding herself within her first love. I loved it!” —Forever Bookish, reader on

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I've read the book for the first time a while ago when it was posted o Swoonreads (I love that page:)) and when I saw a book tour coming up I jumped right on the train.

Reading both version I can really appreciate, who the story good a lot better (it was already very good before) and the storyline just made a bit more sense. I absolutely loved reading it!

It's just Amber and her mother for the most part. But with every new boyfriend's, Amber's life gets uprooted and feelings hurt when they inevitably break up. So to avoid the pain she and her best friend Hannah made a set of rules in her freshman year of High School, to protect her.

Flash forward to senior year of high school. Amber is working at a pet store, has a great dog and wants to go to college next year. The only problem, they just moved in with mother's latest boyfriend. She tries to stay away from him and his daughter, but when she starts to tutor Jordan, those rules that helped her cope, suddenly hold her back.

It's such a lovely story of family, friendship, love and the pain of growing up.

Highly recommend it!

Happy reading,




  1. Great review, Anie! This sounds like such a realistic, well written story! Amber sounds easy to like, too!


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