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The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

When there's a book that gets mentioned over and over again on BookTok, my ears perk up. Case in point, The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther. It wasn't the videos that convinced me to read it though, it was this line in the description: "A romance novel inspired by the songs of Taylor Swift." With that, I was sold. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


If you're here, I have a feeling you can relate. That's not the reason you're here though. You're either looking for answers about the book or hoping to find other books like The Summer of Broken Rules to read next. Fortunately, you'll find both of those things below. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther

What Is the Book The Summer of Broken Rules About?

The book, The Summer of Broken Rules, by K.L. Walther is about a romance between two guests at a wedding in Martha's Vineyard. In the last year, Meredith Fox has lost two of the most important people in her life. First, her beloved older sister died in a tragic car accident. Then, her long-time boyfriend unexpectedly broke up with her. Suffice it to say, her cousin's wedding on the family farm in Martha's Vineyard couldn't have come at a better time. Meredith needs to get away and have some fun again. Fortunately, a competitive game of Assassian and a handsome best man can help her do exactly that. But as the game gets more serious, so does Meredith's vacation fling and she'll have to decide if she can truly just say goodbye and move on as planned when the seven days are up.


Is The Summer of Broken Rules Appropriate?

Yes - The Summer of Broken Rules is quite appropriate as there's no explicit sexual content. The spice is implied at the end of two chapters (chapters 13 and 22) but what's written is very PG-13.


Is There Romance in The Summer of Broken Rules?

Yes - there is romance in The Summer of Broken Rules! The transition from friends to lovers happens quickly too, as the entire book spans just seven days.


Is The Summer of Broken Rules Spicy?

No - The Summer of Broken Rules is not spicy. It's considered a "closed-door" romance. When the spicy scenes would happen, it 'fades to black' so to speak and leaves the rest to your imagination.


How Long Does It Take to Read The Summer of Broken Rules?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 54 minutes to read The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther.


How Old Are Meredith and Wit? What Is the Age Difference?

In The Summer of Broken Rules, Meredith Fox is 18 years old, and Wit Witry (aka Stephen Oscar Witry) is 19 years old. This means there is only a year age difference between the two.


Does The Summer of Broken Rules Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Summer of Broken Rules has a happy ending! After finding out that Wit knew Claire before she died and confronting Wit about not telling her, Wit also finds out that he's Meredith's assassin target. While they're both upset with each other for not being truthful, they decide to "play pretend" so as not to ruin their last day together and the wedding. Wit also invites Meredith to join him on his trip to New Zealand. However, they say goodbye after the wedding and Meredith does not intend to join him or try a long-distance relationship. She changes her mind at the last minute though and reunites with Wit on the ferry. She declines his offer to go to New Zealand but agrees that they should try long-distance. A year later, the two return to the farm and are still happily together.


5 Books Like The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther

Here's the thing about The Summer of Broken Rules - it's a quintessential summer/vacation read. It's one of those books that will make you laugh and make you cry. By the end, you'll be happy you read it but sad it's over. If that's what has brought you here, then you'll be happy to find five books like The Summer of Broken Rules to explore next below.


Save the Date by Morgan Matson

1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

A weekend wedding at the family home? An unexpected crush? Check and check. Save the Date by Morgan Matson shares those things in common with The Summer of Broken Rules, but other than that they're pleasantly different. Read the description and you'll see what I mean: "Charlie's older sister is getting married at their family home and she's desperate for the weekend to go off without a hitch before the house is sold and everything changes. The only problem? The weekend is turning into a disaster. There are relatives who aren't speaking, the (awful) date her brother brought unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention, the wedding planner's nephew is distractedly cute. Over the course of three chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart and will realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future."


Goats in the Time of Love by T. Elizabeth Bell

2. Goats in the Time of Love by T. Elizabeth Bell

Meredith and Wit's love story was great and all, but what I actually fell in love with in The Summer of Broken Rules was Martha's Vineyard. So, when I went to put this list together, I knew I had to find another romance book that took place there to recommend, and lo-and-behold I found one - Goats in the Time of Love by T. Elizabeth Bell. Here's what it's about: "Schuyler Harrington has fallen apart: her ex-fiancé is a serial philanderer, her beloved Grams has died, and she’s quit her job. Escaping her city life, Sky seeks refuge on Martha’s Vineyard. She hires the local goatscaper, Nate Batchelor, to clear a view of Tisbury Great Pond with his herd of unruly goats. Nate knows better than to get involved with a summer person - and a rich one at that - but the attraction is instant and undeniable. Suddenly, Sky’s new life collides with her old, and she finds herself faced with some tough decisions."


Happy Place by Emily Henry

3. Happy Place by Emily Henry

If you're less attached to Meredith and Wit's love story and are simply happy to find another book that takes place in a similar setting, then Happy Place by Emily Henry is the book for you. Here's what it's about: "Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college. Except, now - for reasons they’re not discussing - they don’t, which led them to break up six months ago. The problem is, they haven’t told their friends and now they're stuck sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that's been the site of their yearly getaway for the last decade. Now Harriet and Wyn must lie through their teeth and pretend not to notice just how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, so they’ll play their parts. After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week… in front of those who know you best?"


The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

4. The Summer Girl by Elle Kennedy

Like The Summer of Broken Rules, Elle Kennedy's book, The Summer Girl, is about a couple who start out as a fling that's meant to expire at a certain time, but evolve into something more meaningful that's impossible to let go of. Plus, it's just another one of those quintessential summer romance books that will sweep you up into another world. Here's a description: "College student Cassie Soul hasn’t spent an entire summer in Avalon Bay in years but with her grandmother selling her boardwalk hotel, Cassie has decided to return to help... and maybe find herself a summer fling. On her first night in town, she stumbles upon the perfect candidate: Tate Bartlett, Avalon Bay’s fun-loving golden boy. As Cassie and Tate walk the line between friends and lovers, they’re about to discover that their situation is the least complicated part of this equation. Because Avalon Bay is full of secrets - and their relationship might not survive when those secrets come to light."


One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

5. One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

Unlike the other books on this list, Josie Silver's closed-door romance, One Night on the Island, doesn't take place during the summer or at a wedding. So, how is it similar to The Summer of Broke Rules then? The biggest thing is that the couples in both books meet on vacation and know they only have so much time together. In One Night on the Island though, the characters are in their 30s, so that changes the vibe significantly. Here's the idea of the book: "For her 30th birthday, Cleo is sent to a remote Irish island for a self-coupling quasi-sabbatical by her boss who wants her to write an article about the experience. Things don't quite go as planned though when she discovers her accommodations have been double booked and she's going to have to spend the next week with the handsome, albeit grumpy photographer, Mac. As the days go by, they go from angry strangers to begrudging roommates to unexpected lovers."

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