The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga

The Slope Rules

Released today!

Genre: Fiction, Romance

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Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.

Or so she thinks.

A twist of fate—well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake’s school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.

Cally must learn to be true to herself—all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing.

*ARC review*

I feel like I need to start this review by saying that I don’t really like sports or romance in books… yet here I am writing a review about a book that contains both of those! I went into this book expecting it to be a typical boy meets girl story, however it is nothing like that.

Our story centres around a girl called Cally who loves snowboarding, it is her entire life and this makes her great at it. One vacation she meets another snowboarder called Blake, they instantly hit it off and enjoy a typical vacation romance and admit that they will never see each other again… but they do! Cally ends up moving to the local town and who should live there but Blake! However Blake is acting off and Cally is pulled into the life of bitchy drama with people she normally would have nothing to do with.

This book is packed full of drama! Full blown bitchy high school drama…and I absolutely loved it! There were some jaw dropping moments where I literally was like “omg she did not just say that!” It was absolutely amazing and anyone who likes drama will love this book!

Now back to the snowboarding, as I mentioned previously I am not a fan of sports in books, I don’t like sports in real life so reading about them isn’t really fun for me. However I am determined to give each book a chance so went into this with an open mind. I found that instead of being bored by reading about the remarkable jumps Cally can perform I was on the edge of my seat each time! I was so nervous that something was going to happen to her, I was convinced something was going to go wrong and that she would end up badly injuring herself, it was so tense!

Although this book seems like a cheesy teenage romance it really doesn’t portray like that in the story. Although there are a few lovey dovey moments and yes pretty much the entire story contains the two love birds, there are other aspects to this book as well so that the attention isn’t always directed at the couple. It shows that they support each other and care for each other in a way that I don’t think is really shown in YA books nowadays, there was no over the top declaration of love or one girl stringing another along, it was literally a lifelike romance of two teenagers.

Cally is a young girl who knows exactly what she wants and nobody will get in her way, she trains hard to make sure she is good at what she does. This kind of drive again isn’t really seen in YA books, normally the main character is just born with a gift that they magically discover halfway through to make the plot more convenient. In this story Cally grew up learning how to ski and she practises it every single week to make sure she stays at the top of her game, I really appreciated that because it gives young girls something realistic to look up to. It shows that if you do try hard every day then you can achieve everything you want to.

Overall I think this is an amazing book. Cally is a headstrong young girl who stands up for what she thinks is right and isn’t afraid to let people know what she really thinks of them, she won’t let people push her around and control her behaviour. The story itself is full of drama and is so tense at times that you may need to stop reading to calm yourself down! I would definitely recommend this book to people who like Gossip Girl or if you like drama or sports in general. I would 100% recommend this book!

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: Packed full of drama and tension!


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