The Rules of Persuasion. Amity Hope. Young Adult/Contemporary. 2017. 264 pages. 1.5 stars.
The rules were simple enough:
Take things slow (her rule)
Make it believable (my rule)
I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)
After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…
When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.
But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.
I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more had I not read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The premise of The Rules of Persuasion is similar to the aforementioned book, and unfortunately, I just think that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before executed the fake-romance trope better.
I felt as though some of the scenes in the book were explained rather than shown. It kind of annoyed me since the book was already in past tense, and the author relayed a few of the happenings instead of letting us be in the moment with the protagonists. I think that it’s this bit that bugged me most about the book because it affected the overall pacing too. The timeline of the book felt very jumpy (???). Some of the transitions between the chapters weren’t as smooth as I hoped for it to be, so sometimes I felt as though I was missing a chapter in the book even though it wasn’t.
I also wasn’t convinced of the situations of the characters. The two main protagonists were going through some tough times, but I wasn’t convinced. I think it’s also because I was often confused on who was speaking since the book is told in alternating POVs in first person, and the voices are too similar to each other.
Overall, I’m not impressed by the book. I hate giving negative reviews because I know how difficult it is to get a book published. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this book because I have To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to compare it to, and I will always recommend that book.