Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.
When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.
There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.
Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.
The Trail Rules - Melanie Hooyenga
An excellent story! It's a perfect story for young adults. I wish I had a lot of the insight that is in the story when I was a teenager. That is such a hard time in life.
I love the characters. They are well-developed and I liked that they each had very unique personalities. I was able to feel their emotions really well.
The setting is described very well and easy to visualize.
The story flowed well from chapter to chapter.
I would highly recommend this book to others especially young adults.
Great work Melanie!
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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If there was something you could do over in connection with your writing career, what would it be? How would you correct it?
I’ve been writing novels for about eleven years, and if I had to go back and change anything, I wish I would’ve started sooner. I first started writing as a kid, mostly short stories and poems, but I stopped when I got to college and started studying graphic design. Every time I read about a person in their 20s who’s already written half a dozen novels I kick myself for giving up on my passion.
When I was applying to college, I thought that my only career options as a writer were to be a journalist or an English teacher, and while English teachers are very important, that’s not what I wanted to do. I did take a journalism class my freshman year and that’s when I discovered I hate interviewing people — at least when you’re pressing them for information they don’t want to give up — so I threw myself into design.
During my 20s, I had an urge to write a novel and even got so far as outlining an idea, but it wasn’t until I moved to Mexico with my ex-husband and I couldn’t work that I started writing again. I wrote my first full-length manuscript (a memoir that will stay forever locked in my computer) at age 32, and my first novel a year later. To date, I’ve written eight novels, and I have concrete ideas for the next two.
Now, when I speak to aspiring writers, I emphasize how many options are out there if you want to write for a living because I wish I’d had someone tell me that. It may not be easy and it’s unlikely you’ll ever make a ton of money, but it is possible to do it.
I feel very fortunate to have a day job where I get to be both a designer and a writer (I’m the Director of Marketing & Communications for a non-profit). People often ask when I’ll be able to quit to write full-time, and honestly, it may never happen. But I’m happy with the balance I have and am glad I’ve found my way back to writing.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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