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The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
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Jul 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

Wendy's parents have divorced and she lives in New York with her mother, stepfather, and a younger half brother. When her mother disappears in the aftermath of 911 she finds that the usual rules don't seem to apply any more so she moves to California to live with her estranged father. Her father gives her lots of space to find herself - so much so that it borders on neglect yet there is a warm connection there that helps her deal with her feelings while still maintaining a strong connection with her family in New York.
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