March 9, 2018
Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.
When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.
There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.
Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
The Trail Rules is a cute YA sports romance, which really thrives when insecure Mike is finding herself in her new passion of mountain biking. The description of Mike taking on the trails and participating in her first ever race is fun and fast-paced.
The relationship part of the novel, however, left me feeling a little frustrated as Mike is in a relationship with Evan for more than half of the novel before deciding she doesn’t like him, she likes Mica better. Personally I would have enjoyed the novel more if Mike had ended the relationship earlier and been on her own a bit before getting into a relationship with Mica.
Regardless, The Trail Rules is still a fun book, with lots of interesting layers. I suspect there will be a book 3 in the series as this novel ended with some questions still be unanswered. Having said that, The Trail Rules can be read as a standalone, although Mike’s story essentially begins in The Slope Rules (you can read my review here.)
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out 5 butterflies
- One (1) winner will receive a physical copy of The Trail Rules (US Only)
- One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of The Trail Rules (INT)
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.