The Slope Rules
by Melanie Hooyenga
Genre: YA Sports Romance
Release Date: February 24th 2017
Summary from Goodreads: Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.
Or so she thinks.
A twist of fate—well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake’s school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.
Cally must learn to be true to herself—all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
If you read the Goodreads blurb and think that The Slope Rules is just going to be a ya sports novel, let me disillusion you now. The Slope Rules tries to be an everything associated with high school and beyond novel. You have a holiday romance, a dead mother, an injury, theft, deception, a natural disaster, mean girls, bullying, a phobia, a cross-country move, real romance, and a sports race, just to name a few of the occurrences. This makes for a fast-paced escapist read. There were a few situations which tested credibility, but not so much that they impacted my feelings about the novel. The writing is good although there were attempts to emulate teenage slang at the beginning which died off (thankfully).
I’ve always enjoyed a good dose of sports in romance novels and romance in sports novels, so this one definitely qualifies. Also, how can you even begin to dislike a book where the main character has no difficulty in facing off with the mean girls? If you’re a fan of sweet ya romances especially involving sports, give this one a go.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)
About the Author
While not a fan of matching Day-Glo outfits, Melanie’s been skiing since she was five and always points her tips up while exiting the chairlift. She lives in the land of lake effect snow—also known as west Michigan—with her husband Jeremy and Miniature Schnauzer Owen, and is always looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors. This novel, her fourth, inspired her to purchase her first helmet.
print copy of The Slope Rules (US only)