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Review: Break These Rules

August 21, 2015

Break These Rules

Break These Rules is a collection of essays by young adult and middle grade authors, edited by Luke Reynolds, about just what you would guess – breaking rules and, while, I’m way older than the target audience, I really appreciated the messages contained in these pages.

Many of the essays are about subjects you would expect – be true to yourself, speak up, and think for yourself but a few of the essays have unexpected messages, like Sarah Zarr’s on talking about religion, Jennifer Ziegler’s that encourages boredom, and Chris Barton’s that says it’s okay not to go to college right after high school.

Young people have heard most of these messages already from their parents and/or teachers but we all know they tune them out on a regular basis.  Many of the authors use stories from their own lives to communicate the message they’re conveying.  Hopefully young readers will relate to those stories and absorb the messages.   Grab this book for any teens struggling to find their way.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Chicago Review Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


17 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    August 21, 2015 8:30 am

    Oh I like the sound of this! I wonder if my niece is too old for it already.

  2. August 21, 2015 9:11 am

    This looks very cool. I’d be interested to hear what you think the age range is, too.

  3. August 21, 2015 9:20 am

    Encourages boredom? That would probably be the section I’d be most interested in reading.

  4. August 21, 2015 10:11 am

    This sounds like something my oldest son needs to read. He is a rule follower to a fault!

  5. August 21, 2015 11:12 am

    Kathy, this sounds like a valuable collection of essays. Terrific review!

  6. Patty permalink
    August 21, 2015 12:35 pm

    That’s the kind of book that is so good to read!

  7. Literary Feline permalink
    August 21, 2015 2:12 pm

    This sounds like an intereresting and valuable collection of essays. Thank you for sharing, Kathy!

  8. August 21, 2015 2:12 pm

    I am loving the cover – it sounds like a sweet read.

  9. August 21, 2015 3:06 pm

    I can think of a few young relatives who would like this book.

  10. August 21, 2015 3:27 pm

    this sounds empowering

  11. August 22, 2015 2:03 am

    kinda nice to have young folk expressing and sharing their lives

  12. August 22, 2015 8:11 am

    This sounds really good. I needed this as a teen – I tried being perfect all the time and never wanted to break ANY rules! Which of course isn’t possible – so I regularly felt that I was failing at it. When my niece gets a bit older I might get this for her.

  13. August 23, 2015 3:58 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this one. Sounds like a great line-up of authors. We are starting to talk about college in our house and so I’d be interested to read Chris Barton’s story.

  14. August 24, 2015 8:21 pm

    These all sound like great lessons for kids!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:10 pm

    What a great idea for a book! I’d love for Booking Daughter to read this.

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