THE RULES (Project Paper Doll #1) by Stacey Kade
YA Science Fiction
416 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2013)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
First Date: Ariane’s done her best to follow the rules her adoptive father laid out for her but, really, can you imagine a teenager following all those, all the time? Yeah. Me, neither. Ariane’s a repressed little good girl who needs to break out of her shell, even if it means revealing herself to others around her. (Seriously, who stays in a town filled with people who want to recapture you? This is your plan, Dad) There’s definitely something hinky here but I’m intrigued enough to stick around, if for nothing more than to cheer Ariane on as she breaks some of those repressive rules.
Second Date: Girl. You can do so much better than that douche-canoe, Zane. Sure he’s cute and popular and he’s looking at you with those melting eyes that make you want to do bad things. But for YEARS he’s hung out with that rabid bitch –a total mean girl stereotype, btw — and done nothing to discourage or stop her from her horrible pranks and destructive behaviors. Still, I’m sure he’ll change. For you. Because that’s what boys do, right?
Third Date: Oh, holy cow. I kind of didn’t really expect THAT to happen! This last date’s been a big surprise to me, one that made me like Ariane even more and hate the situations she’s been forced into as well as most of the people in her life. Zane, however, is kind of growing on me. Maybe *some* boys can change.
Date Dissemination Over Drinks With the Girls: I think there’s real possibility for us. A future, even. We’ll definitely meet again.
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