Rules We’re Meant to Break
Natalie Williamson 

Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 11th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Honest and full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainy 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.
Praise for Rules We’re Meant to Break:
“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

~ Guest Post With Natalie ~

I wrote the very first draft of what eventually became RULES WE’RE MEANT TO BREAK in the late summer/early fall of 2013. My now-husband and I were in the middle of wedding planning, and he was just starting his second year of law school. In the evenings when he needed to study, he would hunker down on one end of the couch, surrounded by textbooks filled with tiny print, and I would settle in on the other end, with my feet propped up on the ottoman and my laptop perched on my legs. Back then the idea of being published someday was a secret dream that I kept tucked close to my heart; my husband knew, and eventually one of my very oldest friends, but it took months of encouragement from them before I got brave enough to share my writing with anyone who could help make it better.
In the six years since I wrote that very first draft, RULES has been through several major revisions —first with the help of a critique partner, then with a mentor in a pitch contest, and then the multiple rounds of revisions I did once Swoon Reads acquired it. But the heart of the story is the same, and it still feels surreal to me that the book I used to be too afraid to share with anyone will be out in the world, ready and waiting for readers to pick it up off the shelf.
The other day I got my author copies in the mail, and my daughter was so excited to see the package in the car when my husband and I picked her up from school. She’s two and a half and is starting to understand that Mommy wrote a book that we’ll be able to visit at the bookstore and the library—two of her favorite places. She also loves opening packages, so to her the whole thing was a pretty big deal. When we got home, we cleared off the dining room table and she scrambled up into her chair to help me pull the tape off the box. My husband was filming, so I handed her a copy to show him, and she immediately flipped it open to the back cover flap. She gasped in delight when she saw my picture.
“Mommy!” she said, pointing to my face and holding it up for me to see.
There have been a lot of amazing moments on my debut author journey so far, but seeing my daughter hold my book in her hands, and watching my husband read the dedication I wrote to him? Those were the absolute best. Bio:

Natalie Williamson is an HR person by day and a YA writer by night and nap time. She referenced Harry Potter in her first ever full time job interview, which tells you almost all the things you need to know about her. Other important things to know include: she loves her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat; 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.

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