Review: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope

The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope 
Release Date: April 2, 2018 
Publisher: Entangled Crush 
Genre: Young Adult, Romance 
Source: eBook provided by author in exchange for an honest review 
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1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Stargaze (his idea)
3. Prank someone (her idea)
4. Go on a date (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so when he discovers the girl with a flair for candy making has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “a first date” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.


Last summer Amity Hope's THE RULES OF PERSUASION wiggled its way into my heart. It still brings a smile to my face to think about Meg and Luke's romance- it's just that stinkin' cute. Therefore, when I heard that Amity Hope was releasing not only a new YA romance but a YA romance that was also a companion to THE RULES OF PERSUASION, I was jumping-up-and-down excited.

The result? While THE RULES OF PERSUASION remains my favorite, THE RULES OF REBELLION still is a fantastic follow-up. Heartwarming as well as hopeful, THE RULES OF REBELLION is the perfect feel-good read.

THE RULES OF PERSUASION introduces Leo and Kylie, two high school seniors thrown together after their best friends start dating. Leo and Kylie have both spent the majority of high school being afraid. While Leo's been terrified of asking his long-term crush out, Kylie's been terrified of just living.

Kylie and Leo are not only incredibly likable but also relatable. I think everyone's been in Kylie and Leo's shoes at one point or another, afraid to do something scary, to take that one big jump. It was so incredibly rewarding as well as inspiring to see them let loose and start doing the things that terrified them - parties, skinny dipping, etc. Additionally, they faced their fears in more ways then just the "fun" stuff. They took control of their futures and stood up to their parents. I loved seeing them evolve as the book progressed, and by the end, I couldn't have been happier with where they ended up. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. It was fun to catch-up with the gang, and I loved the scenes were they were together as one big group. The bonfire scene in particular had me laughing out loud!

The plot in this mainly involves Leo and Kylie's romance and to-do list. The one aspect I always love and appreciate about Amity's books is that the romance develops naturally. It never feels forced and the characters always have a surplus of chemistry. I loved seeing Leo and Kylie come tougher, and I also appreciated that everything wasn't always perfect. For instance, sometimes their communication skills left something to be desired, but it was once again one of those moments where I could be like "been there, done that." Additionally, I liked the to-do list. Amity once again worked it naturally into the plot, and I appreciated that some of the items occurred naturally as the book progressed. Last but not least: the twist at the end. While it's not the most unique twist in the world, it was made special by the way in which Amity approached it. I liked the message it brought to the book as well as how it shaped the later portion of the story.
Overall, Amity Hope has done it again! She's provided a lovable, enjoyable story in THE RULES OF REBELLION. So add this (and THE RULES OF PERSUASION) to your TBRs. Trust me, you won't regret it
4 stars!! 


  1. I hadn't heard of this series before, but it sounds lovely. I especially like the sound of that romance!

  2. This does sound like a cute romance, and I kinda want to know what Leo's secret is!

  3. This sounds like a wicked cute story. I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I do really enjoy listening to contemporary audio books. I'd give this story a chance if it got an audio version.

    Lauren @ bookslaying.com


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