Name of book:
“The Edge Rules”
Young Adult Sports Romance
The Bookman in Grand Haven and all online retailers
Synopsis of the book:
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.
Why did you write the book?:
“The Edge Rules” is the third book in the Rules Series, and the main character, Brianna, is the mean girl from the first two books. As soon as I wrote “The Slope Rules” (Book 1), I knew I wanted to tell Brianna’s story, but I also knew it would take a lot of work to make an awful character who no one likes, likeable. Early reviewers have said that I not only accomplished that, but that this is their favorite book in the series. To do that, I took every horrible thing she did in the past and made it come back to bite her in the butt. The book opens with her in jail for shoplifting, and by the end of the first chapter her dad announces that he’s leaving their family. From there I made her life miserable until she vowed to change.
Author's thoughts about the book:
“The Edge Rules” is about a former mean girl learning to change her ways, and I have two things I hope readers take away. First, if you have a mean girl or bully in your life, there’s probably a reason they act that way. It doesn’t excuse their behavior, but knowing their backstory can help you understand why they behave the way they do. In Brianna’s case, her parents have taught her to demand respect and fear from people, and that’s all she’s ever known. Second, if you are that mean girl, you don’t have to stay that way. Changing isn’t easy, and the people you’ve tormented aren’t going to throw you a ticker-tape parade for your change of heart, but it is possible.
I’m hosting a book launch party at The Bookman in Grand Haven on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a brief reading at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Q&A with me. Refreshments will be served.
About the author:
A West Michigan native, 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 the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her miniature schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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