Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the YA romance novel The Edge Rules by Melanie Hooyenga organized by Chapter by Chapter. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as an exclusive guest post about first loves for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour here for interviews, reviews, and more exclusive guest posts. Enjoy!
Being a bully isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.
Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.
Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.
Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.
Blood roars in my ears and my vision blurs. This is real. I was really arrested and put in a police car and locked in jail. His words ping-pong through my head.
As in the permanent record you’re warned about as a child, but by the time you reach high school is nothing more than a joke. But this isn’t a school record that gets thrown in a closet after you graduate. This could follow me for the rest of my life.
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About the Author:
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
What was your first love like?
Some people consider their high school sweetheart as their first love, but I was fortunate to experience a sweet, innocent first love in eighth grade. The way we discovered each other was straight out of a teen magazine.
No joke. A girl had written in asking for advice on how to get the boy she liked to notice her. The kind adult writer told the girl to smile at him in the hallway and say hello, and soon he’d start to smile at her on his own. I didn’t think it would actually work, but I decided to try it.
Trouble is, I didn’t have a crush on anyone, so I picked a cute boy I’d noticed a few times and started smiling at him. Then saying hello. We happened to be in ski club together, so that meant even more opportunities to test the magazine’s advice. Within a couple weeks, he was seeking me out, and before I knew it, I got THE CALL.
You know the call. His friend who lived around the corner from me called to ask if I would say yes if Jonas* asked me out. I asked if he WAS asking me out, we hemmed and hawed a bit, and the next thing I knew, the friend and MY NEW BOYFRIEND were sitting in my living room. (Side note: this was completely against the rules since I was home alone, but I legitimately forgot those rules in my excitement.)
A week later, that same friend sat Jonas and me down in his living room with the understanding that he was going to tell a joke with his back to us and we were going to kiss. See, I hadn’t kissed a boy before and apparently Jonas wasn’t in a rush either, but we’d become the talk of eighth grade because we HADN’T kissed. Our friend was kind enough to fix this for us. The loud joke was to keep his mom, who was in the other room, from suspecting anything.
He started the joke, Jonas leaned in, and I finally kissed a boy.
We stayed together roughly three months—an eternity in middle school—and spent a lot more time kissing. He was sweet and adorable and the perfect first love. I will never forget one afternoon when we were biking home from a friend’s house and stopped because my hands were cold. He tucked them against his body and sang “You Are My Sunshine,” brightening the gloomy spring afternoon. I wrote that scene into The Slope Rules, the first book in the Rules series but cut it because early readers thought it was too cheesy.
Even though it was perfection.
*his name isn’t really Jonas. We’re still Facebook friends, along with our small group of middle school friends, so I’m sure he’ll find out about this.
Up for grabs are physical copies of The Rules series by Melanie Hooyenga for US winners. International winners will receive digital copies of the series.
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