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The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard
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Sep 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult

This is a Young Adults novel, which I didn't realize when I bought it, but I decided to give it a shot--and I'm glad I did. Unlke other books I've read whose main character is a young person--in this case a thirteen-year-old girl--I found Wendy to be entirely believable, and I really sympathized with her struggles and uncertainties. All of the characters were flawed but in normal, easy-to-relate-to ways, and there was an equal ammount of nobility to them. Just like real life! I especially liked the little literary theme that ran through the book, as Wendy reads Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl, The Member of the Wedding, Lord of the Flies, The Butcher Boy, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. This is definitely something I would encourage my stepkids to read.
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