The Rules of Rain – Review

Many thanks to Netgalley and SourceBooks for the chance to read and review this novel.


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 were 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.

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