Rory McShane steps off the train in East Hampton, it's like she's entering
another universe -- one populated by impossibly beautiful people wearing pressed
khakis and driving expensive cars. She's left her rural hometown in New Jersey
to take a summer job as "errand girl" for the Rule Family on Lily Pond Lane. At
the beginning of the season, Rory plans on helping out her aunt, who's a
fulltime housekeeper in the Rules' enormous beachfront mansion, and maybe
sneaking in some beach time. By August, however, Rory realizes that plans have
a way of going haywire, especially when siblings Isabel and Connor Rule are
claustrophobic in her country club world, impulsive
17-year-old Isabel Rule embarks on a breathless summer romance with an older
guy that her family would never approve of. Isabel trusts Rory with the details
of her new relationship, and the girls forge a true friendship. But
when long-hidden secrets start to surface on Lily Pond Lane and Rory
reveals that she may have feelings for someone, too -- Connor Rule, Isabel's older
brother -- the new friends realize that societal rules can be hard to break.
With her unique
insight into East Coast high society, Joanna Philbin presents a pitch-perfect
summer story of friendship and self-discovery set against the rich and vibrant
backdrop of life in the Hamptons.
"Even if you never plant a Jack Roger-ed foot in the Hamptons, Philbin takes you there."
"Rules of Summer is a delicious read about two girls from very different worlds sharing one unforgettable summer."
—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy
Joanna Philbin was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Brown University and a JD and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Rules of Summer and the Daughters series, and lives and writes in Los Angeles.