Rules We're Meant to Break: A Novel (Paperback)

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Rules We're Meant to Break: A Novel (Paperback)


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Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary YA romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainty that comes with falling in love.

Rule #1: Don't get attached.

Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom's boyfriends.

But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom's “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie's best friend—keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.

Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We're Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.

“The last time I devoured a book like this—I can't even remember. … It was so openhearted and raw.” —Clarissa, reader on

"It is such a true true story about a girl finding herself within her first love. I loved it!" —Forever Bookish, reader on

Natalie Williamson is an HR person by day and a writer by night and nap time. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, children, dogs, and cats; she has a serious dessert problem; and she frequently Wikipedias movies and TV shows to find out if they have happy endings. Rules We're Meant to Break is her debut novel.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250250858
ISBN-10: 1250250854
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: January 1st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English

Praise for Rules We're Meant to Break:

"Vibrant and funny and completely relatable. ... The perfect read for anyone wanting to be swept away." —Danielle Stinson, author of Before I Disappear

"Rules We’re Meant to Break is one of those young adult contemporaries that I truly resonated with... What an amazing debut! I cannot wait to see what Natalie Williamson writes next!" —The Write Kind of Love

"This book is the epitome of a perfect YA summer read! If you are a Sarah Dessen fan, you will love this book!" —Live, Read, and Prosper

"If you love dogs, basketball, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you are going to love Rules We’re Meant to Break!" —The Heart of a Book Blogger

"A cute little summer read. ... Comparable to Julie Buxbaum and Jenn Bennett." —The Shelf Life Chronicles

"It's such a lovely story of family, friendship, love and the pain of growing up." —Diary of a Wannabe Writer

“The last time I devoured a book like this—I can't even remember. … This is such an amazing book, and it left me the feeling of wanting more, all of it, no pieces left. It was so openhearted and raw that I fell in love with all the characters.” —Clarissa, reader on

"The kind of story that I would buy from a bookstore and read over and over again." —Emily Hollman, reader on