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"[It’s] a rose-tinted romance that readers will want to toss into a beach tote for some relaxing, enjoyable fun." ― The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"The mix of budding romance, competitive hijinks, a close-knit circle, as well as dealing with loss make for a satisfying read." ― Kirkus Reviews



"[A]n engaging read... Recommended for larger collections with dedicated romance readers." ― School Library Journal



"[I]deally suited for those who enjoy contemporary romance...a perfect summer or beach read!" ― Andrea Reid, The Nerd Daily



"Seamlessly weaves in the importance of family, and by the end, I felt like I had joined the Fox family and their traditions...a quick and easy read recommended for anyone who is looking for a lighthearted book sprinkled with elements of reality." ― Sachi Sharma, Manhattan Book Review

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K.L. Walther was born and raised in the rolling hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania surrounded by family, dogs, and books. Her childhood was spent traveling the northeastern seaboard to play ice hockey. She attended a boarding school in New Jersey and went on to earn a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She is happiest on the beach with a book, cheering for the New York Rangers, or enjoying a rom-com while digging into a big bowl of popcorn and M&Ms. She is the author of If We Were Us, The Summer of Broken Rules, What Happens After Midnight. Visit her online at klwalther.com

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sourcebooks Fire (May 4, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728210291
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728210292
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 - 18 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ HL680L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.25 inches
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2022
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4.0 out of 5 stars “The Summer of Broken Rules” is a sweet escape for closed door romance readers everywhere!
By Jessica on October 4, 2022
The novel centers around Meredith Fox, who recently lost her big sister. Walther turns feelings of grief into words by capturing Meredith’s pain and how it consumed her, isolated her, and transformed her. Though her grief never fully goes away, it lessens at Martha’s Vineyard, a place very near and dear to her heart.

Every summer, Meredith makes the trip to Martha’s Vineyard to reunite with her extended family. I appreciate Walther for making the Fox family so diverse. Same-sex parents, remarried couples, and adopted children are all featured, offering great representation. The family only grows when Meredith’s cousin decides to hold her wedding at the vineyard.

Enter Wit, a member of the wedding party. Still struggling with his parent’s separation and not knowing what direction he is headed in life, Wit is intent on soaking up the last bit of summer.

As the week progresses, Wit and Meredith grow closer, unable to resist the pull they feel towards each other. I absolutely love how their whirlwind romance is healing for the both of them. They truly bring out the best in each other, no matter the circumstance, allowing for character growth.

Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the formatting. Each section of the book is a day of the week to represent the seven days that Meredith spends in Martha’s Vineyard for the wedding. Additionally, Walther includes text messages and instagram captions, making for a more engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The PERFECT FEEL-GOOD SUMMER YA CONTEMPORARY ROM-COM
By iseeskies on May 7, 2021
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

Ahhh! You're telling me that there was a YA contemporary rom-com that actually lived up to my massive expectations/ absolute NEEDS?! WOOHOO!

If you're looking for something that has a sugary sweet, with depth in flavor like a well made a sea salt caramel cupcake vibe... look no further ! This may (WILL DEFINITELY) fill the craving that you're having, because I swear there is a science that lies behind these types of super successful (IMO) rom-coms, but it also felt like it went one step further for me (which is saying A LOT), & felt so ultimately authentic & real, as well!

***drumroll please!!!***

THE SUMMER OF BROKEN RULES IS A WINNER, GUYS!

It truly FEELS like K.L. Walther bottled up summer, used a water gun to spritz/soak each page with it, and then finally let it dry onto the pages of her book!

I mean, is it REALLY too great a set of expectations for a YA rom-com to be/have (everything this book is):

– actually laugh out loud funny at all the right times
– smiles or happy tears most of the rest of the way
– emotional & relatable especially if there's been a traumatic event (there has been, in this book 🥺)
– golden WIT—lots of it... gotta love that back & forth & the chemistry it creates(!)
– filled with juuust the right amount of romance that makes your heart swoon & swoon & swoon some more (either slow burn or even insta-love as long as it works & makes sense to the story, idc)
– amazing family and/or friend dynamics,
– diversity
– in a fun setting/ have a fun premise
– a fabulous either HEA/HFN ending that makes you happy AF & feel like you're floating
ANDDDDD
– just an absolute blast to read the whole way through?!?

Okay it kind of is a big ask there😅, but this book truly has it ALL. All o' the above, my friends!

So let's talk the main character, MER & the love interest/ main supporting character, WIT
('Cause I can't help it if you look like an angel,
can't help it if I want to kiss you in the rain, so... ' #swiftieeeees where you at?!)

THEY ARE SO FREAKING SWEET & PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER! I was smiling at every encounter, it was love at first kick in the face, for me ;) ! I just wanted moremoremore at all times, and I def got what I came for ! :))
WOOOO #HITCHMETOWITRY! ;););)

The Fox family is truly THE BESTTTTTT. Their dynamic holds the bindings of this book together! It's just EVERYTHING!
Every character has their quirks & I loved them all; they are all also so real & relatable!

This book just had me sittin' happy with a huge grin on my face the entire time I read it & well after, and happy with sappy tears available at any given moment, for any & every little cute thing (that's just who I am, okay?! Don't judge me!).

I honestly ADORED & LOVED every moment of this novel! It is just SUCH a FUNNNN read! Also, the author is a swiftie soooo... yes, you heard it here, there are a few fun passing refs, and one big nod!
So basically... that's just like the cherry on top for me!

The author ALSO just has wonderful taste in music in general (I repeat: SWIFTIE IN THE HOUSEEEE, so duhhh), & created a Spotify playlist for this book that is just freaking BEYOND SPOT ON, & is aptly titled the same as the book. :)
You can find said accompanying Spotify playlist HEREEE: The Summer Of Broken Rules Official Playlist
EVERY single song & the culmination of said songs honestly made the reading experience just PERFECTION— rom-com NIRVANAAA.
I loved it SO much. If you have to (or just like to) listen to music while reading like I do, I am so happy you will get to experience this treat while reading, it's like pairing the perfect wine to go with each course of a long, fancy schmancy, DELICIOUS, meal! It's an experience!

I truly just loved this book SODAMNMUCH!! I had to get the word out there, so you all can have the BLASTTT that I had while reading this!

** Really quickly though I want to mention— TW// Death of a family member **

I wholeheartedly recommend this book & its antics to anyone & everyone!

It is so much fun, & just so, so adorable, but also SO REALLLL!
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