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The Rule of Won

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The secret of The Rule of Won is simple, yet its power has been suppressed for generations. The universe is one of infinite abundance—ask, and you shall receive.

Umm, yeah right. Meet Caleb Dunne, slacker extraordinaire. Caleb prefers to glide through life with the minimal amount of effort, so he isn’t too jazzed when his overachieving girlfriend, Vicky, convinces him to jo
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Walker Childrens
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Lenore Appelhans
Feb 25, 2012 Lenore Appelhans rated it it was amazing
I’ll confess. I love sleeping even more than I love reading. It’s true. And it’s why I very rarely stay up late to finish a book. But I did stay up last night until 3:30 am to finish The Rule of Won.

Ok, so The Rule of Won doesn’t have a cover that screams “MUST READ” and the concept – slacker Caleb first gets swept up in a cult-like school club based on a controversial book (inspired by the ideas behind runaway bestseller The Secret) and then becomes horrified by their fascist ways – is intrigui
Sep 30, 2015 Dawson rated it really liked it
I admit i am a slacker myself i dont like to do much when it comes to school and grades, but when it comes to work and other things i like to do i love it i never want to stop working to me it feels like i am doing something in this world that will benefit people, this book i felt described my whole life i felt i was reading inside of me day after day and thats why i couldnt stop reading it. it felt as if i walked into my own life i was seeing it through different eyes its about a slacker kid wh ...more
Feb 21, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
The Rule of Won was a very interesting story about a cult that is obsessed with The Rule of Won. The Rule of Won is a book that was written by Jasper Trelawney and basically is about how if you just wish for something hard enough, you will get it and how anything that happens to you is what you secretly wished for.
Caleb Dunne is a slacker with horrible bad luck. Ever since the old gym of the school collapsed and he was the only person there at the time, he has been on the brink of expulsion and
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They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I’m certain we’ve all been guilty of it at some point in our lives. I’ve always made a concerted effort to not judge books based on their jacket art, but I’m ashamed to admit that the cover of the Rule of Won is so uninspiring that I just couldn’t help it. Stefan was kind enough to give me the book, and unfortunately it arrived in the mail the day I was due to leave for my Christmas vacation. My poor suitcase was stuffed enough as it was, ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: own
So. I have to admit [I keep saying that!:], The Rule of Won is not my favorite book nor is it a book that I enjoyed…much.

The Rule of Won started out interestingly enough but I really disliked the sarcastic voice that was portrayed throughout the book. There were parts of the plot that was fairly entertaining especially the girl who drew pictures that came true. The blackout where the lights came back on a few hours after the girl drew a picture of a lighted area. The cafeteria food tasting bett
Ms. Yingling
Mar 16, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Caleb's a slacker and proud of it-- that is, until his girlfriend decides he is a liability in her attempt to gain class presidency. In order to "improve" him, Vicky insists he go to a meeting to discuss a new self-help book, The Rule of Won. Based on the premise that positive thinking can make everything one might want come true, the book has spawned "craves" where people help each other think positively. Led by Ethan, a polished but disturbed boy, Caleb's school's crave tries to better the sch ...more
Jill Williamson
Apr 28, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

Caleb Dune is a major slacker. He lives to laze around. His overachieving girlfriend, Vicky, is not only running for class president, she has read a book called The Rule of Won that showed her a new way to live successfully. And she is bent on getting Caleb to read it too.

Caleb gives in to make her happy. He’s not sure he buys the whole thing, but, being a slacker, it’s easier to join the club and make Vicki happy, than to take a stand against it and face her anger. So C
Feb 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-reality
The story was just OK to me but it is worth a read and I think teens might really like it. It is about a cult-like club that sprouts up around a book similar to The Secret, your basic fanatical positive thinking type thing. Ultimately, it is a tale about the danger of group think.

What I really liked about this book is that the main character is a slacker who gets involved because he actually feels compelled to not become a group think zombie. However it is NOT a major life changing realization,
Oct 19, 2008 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, teens
This book was interesting in that it addresses the power and danger of group thinking, in the form of fads like "The Secret".

The Rule of Won is a book that students at a high school read and begin to put a lot of faith in its philosophy. An after school club forms to decide what the next "Crave" will be and a message board forms for members only. And of course, there is one student in control.

The Rule of Won believes in the power of positive thinking--if you tell yourself (over and over again) s
Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 03, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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Merriam Webster defines cult as, "Great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially: such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad." The only thing it's missing is: "See Rule of Won."

Meet Caleb Dunne, self-proclaimed slacker. Caleb never wanted to be an integral part of anything. It required entirely too much energy. So when he found himself pulled into the center of the fastest growing club to eve
Jan 25, 2009 Karin rated it really liked it
Caleb Dunne is a slacker and proud of it. Nothing much gets him riled up. He isn’t exactly popular at school, but he is definitely known around campus. The previous year, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and blamed for the destruction of the partially constructed gymnasium addition at school. He was expelled because of his alleged involvement. Truth is, he didn’t do anything, but no one believes him. The only person that even talks to Caleb is his over-achieving, politically ambitious ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Caleb Dunne is a slacker and proud of it. His goal in life is to float through it. It is only reluctantly that he agrees to join a club based on the popular but controversial book that promises anyone can get whatever they wish for, The Rule of Won, and even when he does, it’s only an attempt to get back into his girlfriend Vicky’s good graces. But the Rule starts to grow on him, and the rest of the school, as he reads it and sees “proof.” Unfortunately, the more popular the book and the blub be ...more
Kat O'B
This story addresses the power and pitfalls of "groupthink," in this case, as the result of a cult type of book that becomes popular at a high school. Unique premise for a story, and a topic worth thinking and talking about. The main character, the slacker, was well-developed and believable. Will recommend this book to my higher grade middle schoolers.
Aug 18, 2009 Shar rated it it was ok
Shelves: random-reads
If you read the the description it's pretty much what this story is.

I can't say this is my favorite book (hence the rating) but I can't come to hate it.

It's a lightly suspenseful storyline. The book club ends up giving off a weird cult vibe and you become engrossed on the whole idea of it. It's definitely bizarre. However, if you're looking for something that will blow you out of the waters explanation there isn't really one for you.

Mind you, the book is truly written nicely and it makes you won
Oct 13, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Slacker Caleb, considered the slacker of all slackers, glides through life with minimal effort. He has been accused of vanalizing the school gym and now his girlfriend won't even speak to him. In order to win her back he agrees to join a school club called a Crave, which is based on a controversial book called "Rule of Won". The leader of the Crave, Ethan, seems to really believe and successfully leads the group through two successful "imanifests". The groups is starting to gain power with in th ...more
Abbie Milcoff
Jul 24, 2013 Abbie Milcoff rated it really liked it
Caleb is a lazy slacker whose only goal in life is to, well, be a lazy slacker. His "girlfriend" talks him into joining a book club where he learns about the a book entitled the Rule of Won. This book states that the universe can and will give you anything that you wish for. The book club begins wishing for things as a group, and the wishes even begin coming true. However, as this happens, the wishes that they make become more and more dangerous.

This book was really interesting and kept me thin
Trixie Fontaine
Entertaining, great pacing & interesting subject matter. I always like sci-fi, fantasy and YA for dealing with philosophical, science-y and spiritual issues.

Not a subtle portrait of the dangers of a "Secret" type of philosophy gaining blind following; pretty over-the-top/extreme, but a fun read.

Not sure how I'd feel about it if I'd read it as a teen or if I were to have a conversation with a teenager about it. I think I'd probably want them to know that "The Secret" doesn't have to lead up t
Elizabeth Wallace
Feb 10, 2009 Elizabeth Wallace rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All those who wonder about the Secret
Well, I believed in the Secret before I read this book. Now I believe it can't be true, but I wasn't exactly letting it rule my life. I've given it a lot of thought, and that's definitely true that you can say it's someone else's fault things turned out badly because of their negative thinking. As for the book itself, it was pretty good. The ending was kind of insta-happy, insta-answer. You know, one of those books where it resolves itself in the last twenty pages. But other than the ending, it ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 19, 2009 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
The story started out a little slow, but picked up in the middle and then I didn't want to put it down. The main character, who is a self-proclaimed slacker, gets involved in a group at his school that believes they can will things to happen if they believe strongly enough. They become cult-like by the end, convinced they are right and should stop anyone who gets in their way. A climactic end and satisfying epilogue helped win me over. I think this book will stay with me for awhile.
Apr 20, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing
What happens when the school's most notorious slacker gets strong-armed into joining a club about "The Rule of Won," the newest self-help book that promises all you have to do is envision something for it to happen? A lot more than you might think, in Petrucha's thought-provoking analysis of groupthink, positive thinking, and wish-fulfillment. As if the story itself didn't give you enough to think about, the prologue and the epilogue and another compelling twist.
Jeff Raymond
Jul 09, 2010 Jeff Raymond rated it really liked it
Petrucha visited my library and gave me an advance copy of this, and it was great. A high school gets overcome by a version of The Secret, and one kid ends up somewhat leading the way to fight it. His last book, Teen Inc, was good but a bit heavy on the message - this one balances itself out much nicer.
Jan 28, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Hmmm. Interesting story, especially as a study of fascism and fanaticism, but I wonder about it overall. Were we supposed to believe in the magical element? Was it really there? I thought it undermined what was a pretty decent story about someone standing up against the mob.
Shellie Rich
Jun 24, 2010 Shellie Rich rated it it was ok
This was OK. I liked that it criticized The Secret and all that other victim-blaming stuff. It was interesting and entertaining but not so meaty that I'll be chewing on it for long. It's decent YA fare but not the kind of YA that will do a lot for adults.
May 31, 2009 Glenda rated it really liked it
Did anybody see that old after school special, "The Wave"? It was all about the dangers of group thinking and manipulation. This one was eerie in the same way. It's terrifying to think of how people can be manipulated with wishful thinking.
Aug 01, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it
Interesting look at the psychology of group dynamics/mob mentality.
Jun 27, 2011 Ifahh rated it it was amazing
Simple read, but yet enjoyable.
Apr 19, 2010 Jamie rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit, 2010
The weak ending cost it a star.
Apr 14, 2009 Rebecca marked it as to-read
Similar to The Secret??
May 31, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Mar 23, 2009 P.J. rated it it was amazing
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Stefan Petrucha (born January 27, 1959) is an American writer for adults and young adults. He has written graphic novels in the The X-Files and Nancy Drew series, as well as science fiction and horror.
Born in the Bronx, he has spent time in the big city and the suburbs, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, fellow writer Sarah Kinney, and their daughters. At times he has been a tec
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