Synopses & Reviews
There are two sides to every summer.
When seventeen-year-old Rory McShane steps off the train in East Hampton, it's as if she's entered another universe, one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed khakis and driving expensive cars. She's signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules -- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion. Upon arrival, she's warned by other staff members to avoid socializing with the family, but Rory soon learns that may be easier said than done.
Stifled by her friends and her family's country club scene, seventeen-year-old Isabel Rule, the youngest of the family, embarks on a breathless romance with a guy whom her parents would never approve of. It's the summer for taking chances, and Isabel is bringing Rory along for the ride.
But will Rory's own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules' picture-perfect world ever be the same?
"The daughter of former talk show host Regis Philbin continues to mine her roots, following her Daughters series with a similarly themed novel. Set among the chic country clubs and pristine beaches of East Hampton, this conventional but entertaining story follows two unlikely 17-year-old friends: Isabel Rule, the daughter of blue-blood millionaires, and Rory McShane, the niece of the Rules' housekeeper. When Rory first arrives at the Rules' beachside mansion to be their 'errand girl' for the summer, it's all she can do to keep from gawking at her posh surroundings and offending Isabel. But eventually, Isabel's superficial needs throw the girls together, paving the way for a deeper connection. As they open up about their respective fears, they realize that while their circumstances are worlds apart, what they want out of life might not be. Though Rory's transformation from insecure wallflower to outspoken critic of the rich and famous is rushed, and a last-minute twist feels tacked on, Philbin's impressions of Hamptons' etiquette both the good and the deliciously nasty remain as strong as ever. Ages 15 up. Agent: Rebecca Oliver, William Morris Endeavor. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Even if you never plant a Jack Roger-ed foot in the Hamptons, Philbin takes you there."--USA Today
"Rules of Summer is a delicious read about two girls from very different worlds sharing one unforgettable summer."--Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy
"Friendship, first love, and an unforgettable setting -- Rules of Summer is the perfect summer read. Read it at the beach (or if you just want to feel like you're at the beach). I loved it!"--Morgan Matson, author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
About the Author
Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Brown University and a JD and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of the Daughters series, and lives and writes in Los Angeles.