Rules of Rain

Rules of Rain

A dramatic new novel about the bond between a teen and her twin brother.Rain has taken care of Ethan all of her life. Before she even knew what autism meant, she's been her twin brother's connection to the hostile world around him. She's always prepared—when her father abandons them, when her mother gets sick, when Ethan is tortured by bullies from school—Rain is the relia...

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  • Sophie

    I’ve been given an ARC by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

    4,5 to 5 stars

    When I read Sourcebooks Fire Editorial Manager Annette Pollert Morgan’s note it said:

    I’ve been given an ARC by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

    4,5 to 5 stars

    When I read Sourcebooks Fire Editorial Manager Annette Pollert Morgan’s note it said:

    Well Annette I can honestly say that Rules of Rain accomplished its mission.

    Dear readers I apologize for what will probably be once more a longish review as I have so many things to say about the book. I will compromise and give you a summary first and then dive in deep if you still are interested.

    ealistic.

    plifting

    oveable.

    nlightening

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    I’ll delve further into this topic below but what Leah Shreier wrote about autism and how it affects the whole family is spot on.

    I’ll wrote the first sentences somewhere below but I was laughing alone on the street while reading the book. Yes I readwalk I’m weird like that.

    Rain and Ethan are unique, courageous, loyal, kind and united you can’t not like them. The side characters are not just added for the sake of it either as they have their own battle and side stories, especially Liam.

    It also reminded me all the struggles of finding yourself when you are a teen. How there is not one story in a divorce but two stories. That nothing is ever black or white but rather shades of grey.

    The first attempts, often clumsy interspersed with shy smiles. You make mistakes because you want to impress the other. Sweet because Ethan for all his robotic exterior IS sweet and cute.

    End of the nutshell

    **********************

    Sorry to use this anatomical pun but Ethan corrupted my mind. What can I say when I read about detailed description of intestines or when Rain went back home to find a gigantic hologram of a human colon sitting where the refrigerator was meant to be?

    There are many variations of autism and in some cases like Ethan’s these kids are terribly smart and ingest huge amounts of facts and theories as easily as I would empty my Rocky Road ice gallon.

    Ethan loves anatomy and have big dreams for his future.

    Now there is a big problem as it’s a struggle to be around people, noises, lights, odors. Everything is invading his personal space overstimulating.

    All her life Rain has been the one to calm him when he was in a deep crisis. She was his human blanket.

    Rain has built her life around her brother. She has planned her future to stay close, never really wondering what SHE wanted. This was truly admirable.

    They were a package deal. But now Ethan wants his independence. He does not to need her all the time anymore. She’ll be shocked and hurt by some unexpected reactions and decisions he made. He lied to her that brother who can not lie!

    She was conflicted. Of course she should be happy. Ethan was moving on becoming independent broadening his friend’s circle. But they had been glued to the hip for so long…suddenly she felt empty, adrift. She also had to trust Ethan. Let him take risks even if he could be hurt. That was hard for that loyal and caring girl.

    What makes you happy? At this time of your life where everything is possible you have to choose your path and choose it wisely.

    We are human and growing up is also realizing that the Manichean view of the world is a false one. That you are entitled to love people even if they hurt you in the past. You have to forgive to get better. Sometimes we will make decision that we will regret for a long time while we made them to protect others.

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  • ilsa ➹

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem. I mean...Rules of Rain is this perfect little book that I flew through in a matter of 2 hours, had my interest from the 1 st page, and has all the FEELS, SQUEALS, and meals. Because Rain is a cook and has a blog! HELLO to relatable. Look I bake rarely, but blogging! And while these aren't major themes it's so great to see characters with a bit more pizazz and originality in them!

    -

    At the beginning, she says her Autistic brother as some sort

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem. I mean...Rules of Rain is this perfect little book that I flew through in a matter of 2 hours, had my interest from the 1 st page, and has all the FEELS, SQUEALS, and meals. Because Rain is a cook and has a blog! HELLO to relatable. Look I bake rarely, but blogging! And while these aren't major themes it's so great to see characters with a bit more pizazz and originality in them!

    -

    At the beginning, she says her Autistic brother as some sort of child and project she needed to coddle and controlled. UGH NO. But she was developed SO BEAUTIFULLY, i might cry. You hate she sees Ethan in the beginning (even though they're these adorable twins asdfghjkl) but she changes, she learns and THATS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT A CHARACTER. She has a blog and cooks weird strange recipes for Ethan and OH GOSH, shut up heart.

    -

    I love a book where you can just get stuck in and not realise the time passing by. I picked it up and then put it down when i was finished! The writing was easy to fly through, I enjoyed every minute.

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    I can't even describe him. he's like...you know when there's a beautiful silence and the sun is setting and it's all pretty. Yeah, I'm not going to break that silence because I might ruin Ethan's amazingness for you. Read this book and you'll just BE BLOWN AWAY with how amazing and perfect and just gwsgdfiuigewiusjf hdgsdhj HE IS OKAY?????? ALL THE LOVE AND MORE AND INFINITY FOR ETHAN.I'd die for him okay? He's the best. ever.

    -

    Okay so the family was a bit disjointed but Hope is the friend you JUST NEED! She's lovely and her and ETHAN, shop <3 Liam is this ball of sunshine and yes.

    -Ethan's journal. I want to read ALL OF IT. Please tell me there will be a spin off just about Ethan!

    -

    I THINK! I don't have autism so I have no idea but to me it seemed great. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    -

    like the cover and title? I like it okay? This is the most important it about a book.

    -Oh and not to mention I chuckled a few times and it I was pulling my hear out at some points. STRESS LEVELS ARE HIGH in this book.

    So after reading a few reviews on this, I realised while Ethan is still amazing, some ways the characters reacted and treated him was wrong and so the autism rep for the Ethan was done well but some parts of the book could be really offensive!

    -The mother is a melon-head and OKAY?? OKAY?? Don't even question me on this. she just is.

    -The dad...no comment. I have mixed feelings? Like I felt a little bad for him at some points, and he was really nice but...Ack. Don't make me say anything.

    -Is Liam too perfect? HE NEVER DOES ANYTHING WRONG? OKAY? HOW? Tell me, please.And Hope a little too perfect too.

    I've got a few issues with the characters but the relationships, the development, the writing, the uniqueness, ASDFGHJKL. Go read it right now. One of those contemporaries you just LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)

    Leah Scheier's upcoming release Rules of Rain explores family relationships in one of the most interesting ways I've experienced as a reader. The main character, Rain, has grown accustomed to taking care of the needs of her family members, especially those of her twin brother, Ethan. Rain has managed to keep her brother's Autism from crippling his life b

    Leah Scheier's upcoming release Rules of Rain explores family relationships in one of the most interesting ways I've experienced as a reader. The main character, Rain, has grown accustomed to taking care of the needs of her family members, especially those of her twin brother, Ethan. Rain has managed to keep her brother's Autism from crippling his life by finding unique ways to put him at ease, protecting him from bullies, and moving past their father's abandonment. When Rain is faced with her own personal trials along with her mother's illness, Rain finds roles being reversed. As change after change happens within the family, Rain struggles to find her identity after her twin brother finds his independence.

    This was one of the most heartwarming YA novels I have had the privilege of reading. In our self-centered culture, reading about Rain's altruism was a breath of fresh air. I admired Leah Scheier's creation of such a character in a novel geared for young adults. Rain teaches readers many valuable lessons, such as the importance of family, caring for others, all while nurturing our own needs. The book world needs more selfless characters like Rain.

    The unexpected element of Rain's adventurous cooking was hilarious to read about. Her concoctions were kooky, but possibly worth trying out! I loved the added recipes and information about types of food and how they could treat different ailments. Besides, food is the way to a man's heart - something Rain was able to accomplish with Liam.

    The secondary characters in this story were superbly fleshed out and equally as interesting as Rain. I enjoyed learning about Ethan's quirks and what life could be like with Autism. His short journal entries at the beginning of certain chapters was pure gold. I enjoyed this small touch and found myself looking forward to his perspective. Ethan showed some of the greatest character development I've seen and was just so much fun to read about. I would love to read a follow-up novel with Ethan and Hope at the center of the story! Not to mention Kathy and Marcus - so many teen issues were tackled with the secondary characters! I feel like I received two books worth of hard-hitting moments in one story.

    I relished in the sibling relationship within the pages as Rain and Ethan encountered events together and separately, leading to an unbreakable bond. I was worried this relationship would be sometimes boring or tedious to read about upon picking up this novel, but was easily proven wrong, much to my delight. I ended up being pleased by Rules of Rain more than I ever expected.

    This was the perfectly portrayed coming of age novel, full of setbacks, romance, emotion, and growth. This is one for the TBR, folks. I highly recommend this story to readers of all ages upon its release on December 1st. Find the links to purchase this inspiring story below.

    .................

    This was a really sweet story.

    Full review to come.

  • Inge

    I've fallen into a bit of a reviewing slump so apologies that this review is very subpar and scarce. Although, truthfully I don't have an awful lot of thoughts about

    . The most occurring thought was simply:

    While I loved the parts where Rain shared all her little food quirks, I found it very hard to truly like her. I thought her point of view was quite warped, especially when it came to how her brother should be treated (e.g. talking about him as though he's not in the room, pre

    I've fallen into a bit of a reviewing slump so apologies that this review is very subpar and scarce. Although, truthfully I don't have an awful lot of thoughts about

    . The most occurring thought was simply:

    While I loved the parts where Rain shared all her little food quirks, I found it very hard to truly like her. I thought her point of view was quite warped, especially when it came to how her brother should be treated (e.g. talking about him as though he's not in the room, predicting what he wants/needs without asking him). A big part of this book is about Ethan taking some distance from his sister and Rain's learning how to come to terms with that - so there is definitely character development, but she was a difficult pill to swallow. As the story is told from her perspective, my judgment of the entire book feels clouded by her presence.

    Ethan, on the other hand, was easy to like. I can't say for sure whether the autumn representation was 100% accurate or not, but it seemed fairly straightforward. I also really liked his character development, and seeing how he worked hard to expand his comfort zone in order to achieve his dream of becoming a surgeon one day.

    The side characters were also well done. I especially liked Marcus and Kathy, and think there could be room for a companion novel there? I would have loved to know more about them.

    Overall, though, this book never really stood out for me. I've enjoyed parts of it, but when I look back in a few months' time, I don't think I will remember much.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    It was just

    and while I think a lot of the story meant to be that way (hey every plot needs tension!) I ended up feeling really ticked off. And a bit insulted at how it treated autism. But HEY. Rain is a huge foodie and runs a blog (!!) so there was lots to connect to here.

    I was invested in the characters and I totally wanted to see what dramatic trainwreck would happe

    It was just

    and while I think a lot of the story meant to be that way (hey every plot needs tension!) I ended up feeling really ticked off. And a bit insulted at how it treated autism. But HEY. Rain is a huge foodie and runs a blog (!!) so there was lots to connect to here.

    I was invested in the characters and I totally wanted to see what dramatic trainwreck would happen next. Like I thought my family was a dramafest haha HAHA HAHA no.

    Seriously she's one of the most irritating protagonists ever.

    so there's that to look forward to. But she totally has this I Am Perfect™ attitude and analyses all her friends and acts like she knows 500% what's best for her autistic brother. She is so pig-headed in her perfection ARGHG. But like I said? Character development? So ok?

    In just a few sentences they were totally fleshed and engaging! I was really really invested in Marcus and Kathy's lives?!? LIKE SERIOUSLY I WANT A SPIN-OFF ABOUT THEM. I also thought Hope was sweet (if originally I hated her because she wanted to "break Ethan out of his shell" ... no).

    Well done.

    THE ACTUAL CINNAMON SCROLL. I love him and ship him and Rain 0% but ok.

    I think I just generally have hopefully high expectations about ASD (autism spectrum disorder) books because it's a topic very personal to me. (Aka I'm on the spectrum which I don't generally say but jesus i am so sick of being bawled out on Goodreads for my opinion being "wrong" on asd books so there you go.)

    And the way everyone TREATED his autism was so. freaking. problematic....which I get. Put that into books because people with ASD go through so much crap to make them "normal". But NO ONE IN THE FREAKING BOOK REALLY EVER REBUFFED IT. <--- That's the important part there, ok? Write the truth of what ASD people go through. But make the good characters

    Ethan's mum did "everything to try and fix him" and Ethan's dad has a "list of 'dreams' to make Ethan better" and even Rain says problematic things like Ethan doesn't have a lot of feelings and could never have a proper romance.

    So Ethan being Ethan = 90% grand. (No joke, he was a really really well written asd character!)

    Everyone treating Ethan

    = a huge problem

    :

    She goes on to list what milestones Ethan's hit (aka getting a girlfriend, thinking about surgeon school, going out of the house) which is GREAT...but the

    is that

    And holy freaking hell that's so horrible. For an autistic person to read, it's just another smack in the face that says: you are quirky and loved but...like you would be

    if you acted

    . *CUE HAPPY WELL-MEANINGFUL SMILE FROM A NEUROTYPICAL*

    #Ableism

    Like he has a line where he says to Rain, "If I crossed boundaries you should tell me, not the nurse." Because Rain is explaining Ethan's social-mistep

    . Not to Ethan. A classic case of treating him like less than a person. BUT ETHAN IS THERE. CALLING IT OUT. AND THAT'S SO ENCOURAGING. Less encouraging that no one seems to learn from it!! But ok!

    It's just so freaking weird how this book chooses to talk about autism?? It seems to be built on a good foundation but like why couldn't we have some more lines in there where people were telling Ethan they wanted to help him cope with the world (ie: manage panic attacks, give support, explain things, engage in his world) instead of wanting him to be more neurotypical?? Rain freaking says she "indulges" him when she listens to him talk about his passion, ie surgery and biology.

    I'm exhausted.

    Like literally I was really engaged and I thought the writing was AMAZING and visual. I kind of wanted to vomit over Rain's recipes (she cooks, like, with kale and you lost me there) but I did love her passion for food. And her love for her twin Ethan was sweet. and there are some GREAT relationship dynamics there. I also want Liam to have 100% the best life of all he is so perfect, so pure. And the pacing is great! Like no boredom.

    I just kiiiiind of once want to read books about autistic characters where they get supported, challenged, learn to cope, and people stop cheering when they act less autistic.

  • Thamy

    I love the books Sourcebooks Fire releases, and this time wasn't so different. I fell in love with the story in the beginning and I suspect I won't forget it so easily. But there were some flaws that got in the way a bit too much. So 3.5 but rounding down to 3.

    This is the self-discovery story of Rain, whose twin brother has autism. Thanks to that, her life has always been programmed around him, to make sure he was okay and not overload her mother even more. But things begin to change even before

    I love the books Sourcebooks Fire releases, and this time wasn't so different. I fell in love with the story in the beginning and I suspect I won't forget it so easily. But there were some flaws that got in the way a bit too much. So 3.5 but rounding down to 3.

    This is the self-discovery story of Rain, whose twin brother has autism. Thanks to that, her life has always been programmed around him, to make sure he was okay and not overload her mother even more. But things begin to change even before she notices. She finally gets closer to the boy of her dreams, and Ethan seems to have little secrets she had never imagined him capable of. All that, makes her notice her own shortcomings and even wishes she didn't think she had.

    We had nice characters and, although Rain was as unique as her name, I did like her. And if you were to rate this story only based on her development, I'd give it 4.5 out of 5. The major problem Scheier had to deal with was working with a person on the spectrum. Especially with the increase of awareness nowadays, that is one challenging topic. While I'm not informed enough so I can only tell you my feelings, Scheier seemed to be quite knowledgeable. And then she lost it. Ethan was a character I loved but something was wrong there, he was acting too... normal?—neurotically, if you prefer—all of a sudden. In the space of a couple of months and mostly "off-stage", he changed so much it seemed more like he was acting having a worse condition than he really had. I won't even get into the discussion it seemed to mean his happy ending was to become more "normal". Even before we get there, I found his progression a little weird.

    And that romance... oh my. Not spoiling you but Rain keeps making mistakes. Not that Liam didn't, he too was self-centered. Yes, both succeed in getting better. It's just that the solution Rain finds for their romance was still as black-and-white as everything she used to do. That's why I mentioned I'd rate it 4.5. I do see a teenager making that mistake, it's believable but it's still quite irritating. That ending could have been better. The whole romance kept having episodes that made me uncomfortable, actually.

    The romance as a whole and Ethan's development were the flaws that made this book a bitter read for me. It's sad to state it like that because Scheier's writing is very uplifting. She manages to deal with difficult issues with making the story too crowded. I fell in love with her style, I'll certainly read her next works.

    A detail but I loved how Rain runs a blog but it's not this huge success—in fact, most of the comments were made by herself. I don't understand how characters in YA's always need to go viral or never try blogging.

    Her friends were also really nice, the side characters in this book were pure gold. And I've already mentioned, but the conflict Scheier found for Rain was very true for every teen, even if you don't have a brother to take care of. Last but not least, the book is a great source to discuss so much, I think it's a perfect choice for a book club. It's amazing how many topics there are now I think back.

    Not a book I'd recommend anyone. It can be a little long, the romance—my favorite part of every YA—was a lackluster. At the same time, I did like it in the end. Even if I rounded it down to 3, it is a little more than your average 3.

    Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  • Lorna (fictionalflowerday)

    I really wanted to like

    by

    ... I really did, but I couldn't. This book nearly put me into a reading slump after I set it down.

    Overall, I felt very so-so on this book.

    tells the story of Rain and Ethan, who are twins. Rain feels an immense responsibility to take care of Ethan partially because he's family and partially because he's autis

    I really wanted to like

    by

    ... I really did, but I couldn't. This book nearly put me into a reading slump after I set it down.

    Overall, I felt very so-so on this book.

    tells the story of Rain and Ethan, who are twins. Rain feels an immense responsibility to take care of Ethan partially because he's family and partially because he's autistic. Rain feels that she has to be the one to take care of her brother through everything that life throws at them. Their parents divorce, their mother's illness, bullies at school... it doesn't matter. Rain is there for Ethan. That is until Ethan starts to want his independence. It is then that Rain realizes that the brother she's spent her entire life protecting may not need her anymore, but she needs him more than ever.

    While I really could not get into this book, I will say the character development in it is done very well. In addition, the side characters were another saving grace. They were funny and likable. I feel like this book would have been better if we learned more about them. Ethan was another really likable character. I felt like his character development was the best in this book and did enjoy reading about how hard he worked so he could achieve his dream.

    What really pushed this book into the realm of difficult for me was Rain. She got under my skin in the worst way possible. I did not enjoy her as a character so reading the book through her narration really hampered my enjoyment of the novel. She was really difficult to read. I thought her POV was skewed and wasn't the biggest fan of how she thought her brother should be treated. While there is character development, I just couldn't stop thinking about how hard it was to read from her POV in the beginning.

    This book had a lot of promise for me because one of its main characters has autism, which you don't always see in popular media. I honestly think that if it wasn't told from Rain's perspective, it would have been great. I had to give it 2.5/5 stars because it did have some saving graces, but I just can't stop thinking about how much I want to shake Rain in the beginning and tell her to cut it out.

  • Curious Reader

    Rain...(that's a beautiful name) takes care of her autistic twin brother, Ethan (such a sweet character). Their parents are divorced and they live with their mother.

    Rain's friend Hope likes Ethan. Rain has a crush on Liam. They finally start dating each other. And Ethan and Hope also starts spending time with each other.

    It's always that Rain was kind of a part of Ethan's life. When she finally gets time off from Ethan's life, things start to get confusing.

    There are lot of things happening in th

    Rain...(that's a beautiful name) takes care of her autistic twin brother, Ethan (such a sweet character). Their parents are divorced and they live with their mother.

    Rain's friend Hope likes Ethan. Rain has a crush on Liam. They finally start dating each other. And Ethan and Hope also starts spending time with each other.

    It's always that Rain was kind of a part of Ethan's life. When she finally gets time off from Ethan's life, things start to get confusing.

    There are lot of things happening in the book. I was honestly quite bored and confused. What I liked was Ethan's character. He is quite a genius. It was really nice to read about him. Rain is just annoying. The other characters are just okay.

    Their were many thing which felt very unrealistic. For example Hope has dated a football player and now she is having a soft spot for Ethan. Then theirs another friends Marcus and Kathy a who are like glued to each other and are together since school. But it turns out that Marcus is

    .

    Then the end is quite abrupt and unsatisfactory. It felt as a breakup as both Rain and Liam were going in different directions.

    So basically Ethan is the Hero of the book. He stood out.

  • Angel

    This review can also be found on

    !

    I guess this is this month's first spontaneous read! Leah Scheier's

    drew me in with its intriguing synopsis and-surprise, surprise-pretty cover. Told ya I'm a sucker for those.

    revolves around a teenage pair of twins, Rain Serenity and Ethan David. (I know, I know. "Rain Serenity"? Yeah, it's explained, so don't worry.) Wi

    This review can also be found on

    !

    I guess this is this month's first spontaneous read! Leah Scheier's

    drew me in with its intriguing synopsis and-surprise, surprise-pretty cover. Told ya I'm a sucker for those.

    revolves around a teenage pair of twins, Rain Serenity and Ethan David. (I know, I know. "Rain Serenity"? Yeah, it's explained, so don't worry.) With her parents divorced and Ethan being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rain's been pretty much the "adult" of the house for as long as she can remember. She makes Ethan's food (with her own, special recipes), comforts him when he starts panicking, and is always ready to listen to him when he needs it.

    When Liam, Rain's longtime crush, enters into her life, things start to take a turn for the unpredictable-something which Rain is definitely not used to, and definitely is not fond of. One party is all it takes for things to take a turn for the worse, and with Ethan slowly becoming more independent from her, Rain finds herself in a maze of confusion she may as well never get out of.

    Here's the thing with 

    I was particularly excited for this book, because I've only read a few novels in which a character is autistic, and I wanted to explore more. When it comes to Ethan, I can confidently say that 

    I can't fully say that the representation was 100% accurate, as I myself am not an expert, but I can say that he felt 

    And the way he tackles the difficulties hurled at him by all sorts of characters in all sorts of situations was 

    I'm so proud of this baby. We start this book with Rain telling-and in some cases showing-us about all the things that are different about her brother: he can't stand loud noise, he's very uncomfortable with skin-to-skin contact, etc. And 

    We see this scared, lost boy grow and learn and it's so 

    You just can't help but root for Ethan; he's adorable and smart (can he please do my biology exam?!) and hard-working.

    But if you ask me about Rain...

    ...just no.

    Look, 

    I really did. But can I just know why she treats her brother like he's someone lesser than her, with no hope of reasoning with??

    Over and over, Rain feels the need to remind us that, because her brother is autistic, he can never feel proper "emotions" and will never be able to "get close" to others, and she absolutely freaks out when he says he wants to try new things.

    Rain is 

    looking down on her brother, which confuses me, because from what we see in the book, 

    Her whole life is built around him-she has her whole future planned out with only Ethan in mind. So why does she keep degrading him?

    Also, Rain, as a character, is very confusing and, to me, somewhat annoying. During the entirety of the book, she goes like:

    Uh...okay. So you call those jerks who imitated Ethan at school "bullies", but you don't count as one because you're his sister? You're degrading him just as much as they are!

    Even if you keep that aside, Rain keeps changing her opinion on things throughout the story and repeating herself to the point that you just become fed-up. She's not a likable protagonist, at least not for me. The only part where I actually liked her was in the last chapter, and that's it.

    And Rain is not the only one who looks down on her brother-even her 

    do. Every time their mother speaks about Ethan, she makes it sound like he's a hopeless case. When his father showed up, he gave him this 'list' of things he had to do in order to become 'normal'. They treat him like a 

    Look at this:

    All I'm sayin' is-I feel like Rain's best friend, Hope, and her crush, Liam, are more supportive to Ethan than his own family.

    Speaking of those two-

    Hope is a gem, and is constantly there for Rain (even when Rain is being difficult and just unfair). She sees Ethan as 

    not just as "that kid who can never have friends or date because he has autism". She's willing to listen to him, to give him a chance. I'm so glad Ethan has a girl like Hope in his life.

    And Liam-oh my God. Liam, that sweet child.

    He deserves better than Rain, okay? There, I said it. Yeah, they both mess up at the party, and Rain nearly dies later (long story), but if you'd just see how 

    he is. He's the type of person with a low self-esteem, and he apologises over and over and over. And I seriously feel like Rain took him for granted and just hurt him however she liked, be it intentionally or not.

    She breaks up with him in the end because: 

    ...Rain, as level-headed as you claim yourself to be, this is basically like not driving a car because you're afraid you'll crash. It doesn't make sense. And you're the one who'd wanted to be "spontaneous", anyway.

    Honestly, Liam is such a sweetheart and he 

    Rain like crazy. If he could have gone through that near-death experience instead of her, he would have. Her father literally punches him and gives him a black eye, and all Liam says is, 

    In fact, he even says that he wishes 

    had also punched him. 

    him 

    The issue with Liam isn't exactly solved at the end, either. All that happens is that Rain realises that she was happy with him and wants them to try over again, even if they end up going separate paths later, but that's in the last chapter, so basically, this book ends with a heartbroken and shattered Liam.

    Poor Liam.

    This book gets brownie points when it comes to Marcus and Kathy, known as "The Octopus" for the majority of the book, mainly because they're always a tangle of limbs and can't keep their eyes off of each other.

    Until we learn that Marcus is gay, of course. 

    Kathy is, naturally, confused and upset, because she wishes he'd trusted her enough to tell her face to face. The thing is, Marcus comes out when he isn't ready (in short: too much punch) and becomes extremely lost and scared.

    Their character development is 

    Albeit a little abrupt, but the way Kathy grows from this girl who can't separate herself from her boyfriend to a supportive and independent friend, and the way Marcus learns to come to terms with who he is, is beautiful. I loved these two, and this sub-plot is one of the few I've read that are actually excellent and eye-opening.

    Overall, the plot was enjoyable. Those blog posts and journal entries sprinkled in here and there were a joy to read. Rain has a passion for food-and while it's, uh...not exactly 'ordinary'-it's endearing how hard she works on her recipes. Ethan keeps a journal, and it was a good idea to give us an insight on how he feels about things, because more often than not, 

    Like talking about him like he isn't even there when he is, assuming that they know everything about him... (*cough* 

    *cough*)

    So, 

    For Ethan and Hope and Liam and Kathy and Marcus, definitely. It's worth it.

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