I haven’t read a series in a very long time. So reading Jenny Colgan’s book Rules, which is the second book in her Little School by the Sea series, was an eye-opener. Reading series can be really fun, can’t it? 🙂
Again, I want to keep the review rather short. If you want to know more, just tell me so in the comments and I will gladly provide you with more information. 🙂 (What’s with the emoticons at the end of every paragraph?!)
What Rules is about:
In the second book of the series, the girls, as well as their problems are growing up. Maggie’s battle considering the two lives she’s leading continues and Victoria finally confronts her past and gets to know Daniel (her son) better.
As last time, I suggest you head on over to Goodreads to read a more extended version of the plot.
What I liked about Rules:
- The Variety: Since their are so many characters who play an important role, one never gets bored. There is David and his relationship with Miranda, Maggie with all her baggage, Daniel and Victoria, Fliss’ battle with her body image and many more. No matter what you want to take away from the book, you will certainly find it.
- The Character Development: A big plus of a series is that you get to re-visit your favourite characters and follow their development. It was really nice to see the characters grow from the first to the second book. But I’m sure that they have much more growing to do. So we need many more books, Jenny Colgan!
- Maggie’s Battle: I already mentioned this in my review of Class. There is something about Maggie’s fight to figure out what her life is supposed to look like, that just hit home. Don’t we all sometimes struggle to decide whether we should follow logic or heart?
What I didn’t like about Rules:
- The Ending: I mean: Why?! Why would an author end on such a note? Especially when the next book isn’t out yet?! It’s been a while since I’ve read the book, but that ending still keeps me awake at night.
- The Eating Disorder Discussion: This is also something that I already mentioned in my review for Class. I just have a problem with the way the book treats Simone and her problems.
Would I recommend Rules?
Write faster, Jenny Colgan! I’m desperate to read the next book!
What to read after Rules:
I’m not familiar with any other boarding school books for adults. If you are, please let me know.
But other than any other school books, I suggest you continue with another Jenny Colgan book. The Little Beach Street Bakery books are set in Cornwall as well (if I’m not mistaken). So why not give them a go?
Have you read any Jenny Colgan books? If so, which one was your favourite? I have read many of them, but I think there are still even more to read.