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The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
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Feb 24, 12

A painful but well-written novel from the viewpoint of a 13-yr-old girl whose mother was killed during the attack on 9/11. I felt there was an over abundance of sub-plots, as the author tried to cover all bases by including every issue from blended families to autism to awakening adolescent sexuality to teenage motherhood to an adopted child finding and rejecting his birth-mother, etc. However, as I said, this book was very well-written and provided a credible portrayal of the profound grief that was suffered by all who were personally affected by that terrible event.

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message 1: by Hil (new)

Hil I would love to see your review of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. That is about a boy whose dad was killed during 9/11 but it is a very strangely-written book, also with quite a few sub-plots.Hi - either way is fine with me.

Lois Duncan I didn't read the book, but I saw the movie. The little boy who played the lead was excellent, but the premice itself (the father sending his son off on that ridiculous quest) was so unbelievable that I thought it detracted from an otherwise heart-wrenching situation. It gave the story a focus, however, which THE USUAL RULES lacked.

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