Rules of Rain

Rules of Rain

A dramatic new novel about the bond between a teen and her twin brother.Rain has taken care of Ethan all of her life. Before she even knew what autism meant, she's been her twin brother's connection to the hostile world around him. She's always prepared—when her father abandons them, when her mother gets sick, when Ethan is tortured by bullies from school—Rain is the relia...

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Author:Leah Scheier
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Rules of Rain Reviews

  • Sophie

    I’ve been given an ARC by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

    4,5 to 5 stars

    When I read Sourcebooks Fire Editorial Manager Annette Pollert Morgan’s note it said:

    I’ve been given an ARC by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

    4,5 to 5 stars

    When I read Sourcebooks Fire Editorial Manager Annette Pollert Morgan’s note it said:

    Well Annette I can honestly say that Rules of Rain accomplished its mission.

    Dear readers I apologize for what will probably be once more a longish review as I have so many things to say about the book. I will compromise and give you a summary first and then dive in deep if you still are interested.

    ealistic.

    plifting

    oveable.

    nlightening

    weet

    I’ll delve further into this topic below but what Leah Shreier wrote about autism and how it affects the whole family is spot on.

    I’ll wrote the first sentences somewhere below but I was laughing alone on the street while reading the book. Yes I readwalk I’m weird like that.

    Rain and Ethan are unique, courageous, loyal, kind and united you can’t not like them. The side characters are not just added for the sake of it either as they have their own battle and side stories, especially Liam.

    It also reminded me all the struggles of finding yourself when you are a teen. How there is not one story in a divorce but two stories. That nothing is ever black or white but rather shades of grey.

    The first attempts, often clumsy interspersed with shy smiles. You make mistakes because you want to impress the other. Sweet because Ethan for all his robotic exterior IS sweet and cute.

    End of the nutshell

    **********************

    Sorry to use this anatomical pun but Ethan corrupted my mind. What can I say when I read about detailed description of intestines or when Rain went back home to find a gigantic hologram of a human colon sitting where the refrigerator was meant to be?

    There are many variations of autism and in some cases like Ethan’s these kids are terribly smart and ingest huge amounts of facts and theories as easily as I would empty my Rocky Road ice gallon.

    Ethan loves anatomy and have big dreams for his future.

    Now there is a big problem as it’s a struggle to be around people, noises, lights, odors. Everything is invading his personal space overstimulating.

    All her life Rain has been the one to calm him when he was in a deep crisis. She was his human blanket.

    Rain has built her life around her brother. She has planned her future to stay close, never really wondering what SHE wanted. This was truly admirable.

    They were a package deal. But now Ethan wants his independence. He does not to need her all the time anymore. She’ll be shocked and hurt by some unexpected reactions and decisions he made. He lied to her that brother who can not lie!

    She was conflicted. Of course she should be happy. Ethan was moving on becoming independent broadening his friend’s circle. But they had been glued to the hip for so long…suddenly she felt empty, adrift. She also had to trust Ethan. Let him take risks even if he could be hurt. That was hard for that loyal and caring girl.

    What makes you happy? At this time of your life where everything is possible you have to choose your path and choose it wisely.

    We are human and growing up is also realizing that the Manichean view of the world is a false one. That you are entitled to love people even if they hurt you in the past. You have to forgive to get better. Sometimes we will make decision that we will regret for a long time while we made them to protect others.

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  • ilsa ➹

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem. I mean...Rules of Rain is this perfect little book that I flew through in a matter of 2 hours, had my interest from the 1 st page, and has all the FEELS, SQUEALS, and meals. Because Rain is a cook and has a blog! HELLO to relatable. Look I bake rarely, but blogging! And while these aren't major themes it's so great to see characters with a bit more pizazz and originality in them!

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    At the beginning, she says her Autistic brother as some sort

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem. I mean...Rules of Rain is this perfect little book that I flew through in a matter of 2 hours, had my interest from the 1 st page, and has all the FEELS, SQUEALS, and meals. Because Rain is a cook and has a blog! HELLO to relatable. Look I bake rarely, but blogging! And while these aren't major themes it's so great to see characters with a bit more pizazz and originality in them!

    -

    At the beginning, she says her Autistic brother as some sort of child and project she needed to coddle and controlled. UGH NO. But she was developed SO BEAUTIFULLY, i might cry. You hate she sees Ethan in the beginning (even though they're these adorable twins asdfghjkl) but she changes, she learns and THATS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT A CHARACTER. She has a blog and cooks weird strange recipes for Ethan and OH GOSH, shut up heart.

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    I love a book where you can just get stuck in and not realise the time passing by. I picked it up and then put it down when i was finished! The writing was easy to fly through, I enjoyed every minute.

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    I can't even describe him. he's like...you know when there's a beautiful silence and the sun is setting and it's all pretty. Yeah, I'm not going to break that silence because I might ruin Ethan's amazingness for you. Read this book and you'll just BE BLOWN AWAY with how amazing and perfect and just gwsgdfiuigewiusjf hdgsdhj HE IS OKAY?????? ALL THE LOVE AND MORE AND INFINITY FOR ETHAN.I'd die for him okay? He's the best. ever.

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    Okay so the family was a bit disjointed but Hope is the friend you JUST NEED! She's lovely and her and ETHAN, shop <3 Liam is this ball of sunshine and yes.

    -Ethan's journal. I want to read ALL OF IT. Please tell me there will be a spin off just about Ethan!

    -

    I THINK! I don't have autism so I have no idea but to me it seemed great. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    -

    like the cover and title? I like it okay? This is the most important it about a book.

    -Oh and not to mention I chuckled a few times and it I was pulling my hear out at some points. STRESS LEVELS ARE HIGH in this book.

    So after reading a few reviews on this, I realised while Ethan is still amazing, some ways the characters reacted and treated him was wrong and so the autism rep for the Ethan was done well but some parts of the book could be really offensive!

    -The mother is a melon-head and OKAY?? OKAY?? Don't even question me on this. she just is.

    -The dad...no comment. I have mixed feelings? Like I felt a little bad for him at some points, and he was really nice but...Ack. Don't make me say anything.

    -Is Liam too perfect? HE NEVER DOES ANYTHING WRONG? OKAY? HOW? Tell me, please.And Hope a little too perfect too.

    I've got a few issues with the characters but the relationships, the development, the writing, the uniqueness, ASDFGHJKL. Go read it right now. One of those contemporaries you just LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)

    Leah Scheier's upcoming release Rules of Rain explores family relationships in one of the most interesting ways I've experienced as a reader. The main character, Rain, has grown accustomed to taking care of the needs of her family members, especially those of her twin brother, Ethan. Rain has managed to keep her brother's Autism from crippling his life b

    Leah Scheier's upcoming release Rules of Rain explores family relationships in one of the most interesting ways I've experienced as a reader. The main character, Rain, has grown accustomed to taking care of the needs of her family members, especially those of her twin brother, Ethan. Rain has managed to keep her brother's Autism from crippling his life by finding unique ways to put him at ease, protecting him from bullies, and moving past their father's abandonment. When Rain is faced with her own personal trials along with her mother's illness, Rain finds roles being reversed. As change after change happens within the family, Rain struggles to find her identity after her twin brother finds his independence.

    This was one of the most heartwarming YA novels I have had the privilege of reading. In our self-centered culture, reading about Rain's altruism was a breath of fresh air. I admired Leah Scheier's creation of such a character in a novel geared for young adults. Rain teaches readers many valuable lessons, such as the importance of family, caring for others, all while nurturing our own needs. The book world needs more selfless characters like Rain.

    The unexpected element of Rain's adventurous cooking was hilarious to read about. Her concoctions were kooky, but possibly worth trying out! I loved the added recipes and information about types of food and how they could treat different ailments. Besides, food is the way to a man's heart - something Rain was able to accomplish with Liam.

    The secondary characters in this story were superbly fleshed out and equally as interesting as Rain. I enjoyed learning about Ethan's quirks and what life could be like with Autism. His short journal entries at the beginning of certain chapters was pure gold. I enjoyed this small touch and found myself looking forward to his perspective. Ethan showed some of the greatest character development I've seen and was just so much fun to read about. I would love to read a follow-up novel with Ethan and Hope at the center of the story! Not to mention Kathy and Marcus - so many teen issues were tackled with the secondary characters! I feel like I received two books worth of hard-hitting moments in one story.

    I relished in the sibling relationship within the pages as Rain and Ethan encountered events together and separately, leading to an unbreakable bond. I was worried this relationship would be sometimes boring or tedious to read about upon picking up this novel, but was easily proven wrong, much to my delight. I ended up being pleased by Rules of Rain more than I ever expected.

    This was the perfectly portrayed coming of age novel, full of setbacks, romance, emotion, and growth. This is one for the TBR, folks. I highly recommend this story to readers of all ages upon its release on December 1st. Find the links to purchase this inspiring story below.

    .................

    This was a really sweet story.

    Full review to come.

  • C.G. Drews

    It was just

    and while I think a lot of the story meant to be that way (hey every plot needs tension!) I ended up feeling really ticked off. And a bit insulted at how it treated autism. But HEY. Rain is a huge foodie and runs a blog (!!) so there was lots to connect to here.

    I was invested in the characters and I totally wanted to see what dramatic trainwreck would happe

    It was just

    and while I think a lot of the story meant to be that way (hey every plot needs tension!) I ended up feeling really ticked off. And a bit insulted at how it treated autism. But HEY. Rain is a huge foodie and runs a blog (!!) so there was lots to connect to here.

    I was invested in the characters and I totally wanted to see what dramatic trainwreck would happen next. Like I thought my family was a dramafest haha HAHA HAHA no.

    Seriously she's one of the most irritating protagonists ever.

    so there's that to look forward to. But she totally has this I Am Perfect™ attitude and analyses all her friends and acts like she knows 500% what's best for her autistic brother. She is so pig-headed in her perfection ARGHG. But like I said? Character development? So ok?

    In just a few sentences they were totally fleshed and engaging! I was really really invested in Marcus and Kathy's lives?!? LIKE SERIOUSLY I WANT A SPIN-OFF ABOUT THEM. I also thought Hope was sweet (if originally I hated her because she wanted to "break Ethan out of his shell" ... no).

    Well done.

    THE ACTUAL CINNAMON SCROLL. I love him and ship him and Rain 0% but ok.

    I think I just generally have hopefully high expectations about ASD (autism spectrum disorder) books because it's a topic very personal to me. (Aka I'm on the spectrum which I don't generally say but jesus i am so sick of being bawled out on Goodreads for my opinion being "wrong" on asd books so there you go.)

    And the way everyone TREATED his autism was so. freaking. problematic....which I get. Put that into books because people with ASD go through so much crap to make them "normal". But NO ONE IN THE FREAKING BOOK REALLY EVER REBUFFED IT. <--- That's the important part there, ok? Write the truth of what ASD people go through. But make the good characters

    Ethan's mum did "everything to try and fix him" and Ethan's dad has a "list of 'dreams' to make Ethan better" and even Rain says problematic things like Ethan doesn't have a lot of feelings and could never have a proper romance.

    So Ethan being Ethan = 90% grand. (No joke, he was a really really well written asd character!)

    Everyone treating Ethan

    = a huge problem

    :

    She goes on to list what milestones Ethan's hit (aka getting a girlfriend, thinking about surgeon school, going out of the house) which is GREAT...but the

    is that

    And holy freaking hell that's so horrible. For an autistic person to read, it's just another smack in the face that says: you are quirky and loved but...like you would be

    if you acted

    . *CUE HAPPY WELL-MEANINGFUL SMILE FROM A NEUROTYPICAL*

    #Ableism

    Like he has a line where he says to Rain, "If I crossed boundaries you should tell me, not the nurse." Because Rain is explaining Ethan's social-mistep

    . Not to Ethan. A classic case of treating him like less than a person. BUT ETHAN IS THERE. CALLING IT OUT. AND THAT'S SO ENCOURAGING. Less encouraging that no one seems to learn from it!! But ok!

    It's just so freaking weird how this book chooses to talk about autism?? It seems to be built on a good foundation but like why couldn't we have some more lines in there where people were telling Ethan they wanted to help him cope with the world (ie: manage panic attacks, give support, explain things, engage in his world) instead of wanting him to be more neurotypical?? Rain freaking says she "indulges" him when she listens to him talk about his passion, ie surgery and biology.

    I'm exhausted.

    Like literally I was really engaged and I thought the writing was AMAZING and visual. I kind of wanted to vomit over Rain's recipes (she cooks, like, with kale and you lost me there) but I did love her passion for food. And her love for her twin Ethan was sweet. and there are some GREAT relationship dynamics there. I also want Liam to have 100% the best life of all he is so perfect, so pure. And the pacing is great! Like no boredom.

    I just kiiiiind of once want to read books about autistic characters where they get supported, challenged, learn to cope, and people stop cheering when they act less autistic.

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    3.5 stars. This was a touching and endearing story about sibling love and loyalty.

    Rain and Ethan are sixteen-year-old twins who live with their uninvolved mother. Ethan has autism and Rain, his culinary-obsessed twin sister, has been his protector and caregiver from as far back as she can remember. She understands Ethan more than anyone else and is devoted to keeping his world as comfortable and uncomplicated as possible. Her love for Ethan shines through every page of this touching story. Thei

    3.5 stars. This was a touching and endearing story about sibling love and loyalty.

    Rain and Ethan are sixteen-year-old twins who live with their uninvolved mother. Ethan has autism and Rain, his culinary-obsessed twin sister, has been his protector and caregiver from as far back as she can remember. She understands Ethan more than anyone else and is devoted to keeping his world as comfortable and uncomplicated as possible. Her love for Ethan shines through every page of this touching story. Their sibling relationship and connection pulled at my heartstrings. The author, Leah Scheier, did a wonderful job with both Ethan and Rain’s characters. I was invested in them from beginning to end.

    The story unfolded through Rain’s perspective with extra sections from her cooking blog and Ethan’s journal. I liked how the story was presented, but I did find my interest wavered a few times.

    Overall, it was a cute, easy, unique and interesting read that was a refreshing change of pace.

    A big thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire and Leah Scheier for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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