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The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
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Oct 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, prize-winners, young-adult
Recommended to stephanie by: Amy
Read in October, 2008

i loved matthew. i loved the structure of the book - a letter to his youngest sister, emmy. it was quick, but not an easy, read.

nikki - matt, callie and emmy's mother - has a screw loose. she's manic all the time, obsessional, abuses drugs, alcohol, and men - not to mention her children. (i wish someone had made her actually see a psychiatrist, and get a diagnosis, if just because i'm curious of what werlin thought of her.)

in the beginning, people just stand by. it's the story of how they survive, and then how matt breaks his own rules of survival. how they go from day-to-day existence into a modicum of hope, and how that both hurts them and saves them.

i really want to read elizabeth scott's Living Dead Girl and compare it now. i suppose part of the controversy is that people DID act in this book, while, from what i hear, scott's book doesn't have a murdoch type character.

this is a very honest book, and you kind of love matthew for that. he tells the truth, even when he doesn't want to. and his love for his sisters is overwhelming and heartwarming and heart-breaking. one of the best YA books i've read in a while.

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