Review // The Number One Rule for Girls by Rachel McIntyre

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Title // The Number One Rule for Girls
Author // Rachel McIntyre
Pages // 309 pages
Publisher // Egmont UK
Series // None
Release Date // February 2016
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Daisy knows a thing or two about love and romance. She’s surrounded by it – in fact, there’s no escape! Not only are her parents childhood sweethearts turned soulmates, they also run the very successful wedding agency ‘Something Borrowed’, helping couples to tie the knot in whatever frilly, quirky, tasteful, outrageous way they choose. So it’s no surprise that Daisy has a pretty clear vision of how her life with boyfriend Matt is going to pan out.

There’s one major flaw in this plan – Matt and Daisy have split up! Determined not to brood, Daisy sets out to re-invent her life and her dreams. And that’s when Toby enters the scene, who appears to be perfect, but is turning all the Rules upside down…

An irresistable exploration of post break-up life featuring Rachel McIntyre’s trademark wit and observation.

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When I first received this novel, I was little bit sceptical. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for romance, but I’ve never been one of those girls who enjoy reading about girls who moon after guys. The whole Bella and Edward love-fest proved that to me when I read New Moon. But as soon as I started reading this hilarious and witty book, I instantly lost all my reservations about it. Rachel McIntyre has done a bloody fantastic job, and has earned a very, very eager fan!

And on the first day Beth meeteth a crap man,

And this man was a total wasteth of time,

And Beth cryeth. A lot.

And the more she ranted the more I found myself almost siding with her mum and dad.

Never have I ever read about a character I could feel more related to. Daisy is literally my favourite character of the year right now! Sarcastic, honest and not afraid to have real emotions, she is a girl who has to deal with the pressures of the moving teenage world. And while, yes, she becomes entangled with the web of confusion that is boys, and makes a few mistakes with her friends, you can’t help but adore her. Her sarcastic side is absolutely hilarious, and she has wayyy too many great one-liners in this book. As I read The Number One Rule for Girls I found myself snorting at some of the ridiculous comments Daisy makes in her internal thoughts. This is definitely a story that makes you laugh, despite the serious elements that linger.

According to Ayesha, he was a bouncer. With a tattoo on his neck. Which was spelled wrong.

Not exactly Romeo and Juliet then.

The Number One Rule for Girls is a book about love, friendship and finding yourself. Too many YA books have joined the club that sells. I’m so tired of reading about a girl who saves the world, or a boy who had a crush on his high school sweetheart. That’s why I found this story so refreshing! Rachel McIntyre has fashioned this book in a way that should make her immensely popular. Her story gives hope to the everyday, average girl. Not all of us are going to go out there and save the world. But The Number One Rule for Girls is a book that promotes strength, and inner-survival. I’ve seen so many girls succumb to the peer-pressure of teenage life. While Daisy experiences this, and does become trapped in the whirlwind of growing up, she survives it stronger than ever. There’s a large sense of empowerment that young girls will gain from reading this novel. That is something I admire Rachel McIntyre for – bringing a message of strength around to young girls who really need it.

A baby at sixteen? I couldn’t be trusted with a pot plant.

However, the book has a very serious undertone – a sort of warning to young girls. It warns people of the dangers that relationships may have. Girls today are never warned for secret dangers that lurk behind a boy with a cute smile and a gentleman exterior. Domestic violence, even if it is only between boyfriend and girlfriend, is a serious problem. And the even bigger issue is that girls today don’t realise that those small jabs made, or the little snide comments muttered have serious impact. They don’t realise that it is emotional bullying. This is a topic that Rachel McIntyre highlights in The Number One Rule for Girls. She brings in the character of Ayesha, the voice of reasoning and the one to make Daisy realise how bad things are, to highlight how easy it is to fall victim. But the story also highlights the fact that growing up, we all fall out with our friends from time to time. Although this may seem like a little issue to us now, someone experiencing won’t feel the same. It can be a rough time, when you feel replaced or that you’ve lost your friends. I think it’s amazing that Rachel McIntyre has found a way for young girls to understand the feelings going on, and to understand that sometimes, we just have to apologise sometimes.

And that was when it struck me: I could tell Ayesha and Beth I’d finally come up with Rule #10: Single or loved-up, as long as you’re happy, it doesn’t matter.

Simple as that.

On the whole, this book deserves so much praise. The comedy, the reality and the plain out right honesty of the whole book is amazing. While there were a few yawn issues with the pace, the book is really enjoyable. The characters are brilliant and the whole plot is something Rachel McIntyre should feel very pleased about. When The Number One Rule for Girls hits the shops later this month, I’ll definitely be picking up a copy. An amazing 4 out of 5 snowflakes earned and deserved!

4 stars

 

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