The Rules of Survival Library Binding – April 25, 2008
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- Publisher : Paw Prints 2008-04-25 (April 25, 2008)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 273 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1435255577
- ISBN-13 : 978-1435255579
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 5.25 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,614,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nikki is an unstable human whose unpredictable behavior leads to physical and emotional pain for her three kids. This book details the journey of the kids as they use all the help they can get to get away from Nikki and live somewhere else. Murdoch, a man they met at a grocery store who plays a huge part in their life, their dad, and Nikki's much more level-headed sister all take the necessary steps to gain freedom from their mother.
The book is a realistic way of looking at a foreign topic, which is much more common than you may think. It shows the many layers of abuse, and the manipulation used by Nikki to get what she wants. It teaches you that things are not always how they seem on the outside.
The book ends in a surprising way, revealing something about one of the characters that we never would have thought. This is a great read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for their next book!
The book is a page-turner and has all of the tense undercurrents you'd expect from a story about three children in an abusive home. The beauty of this book however is how you get to know the characters by their behavior -- their coping mechanisms, their self-sacrifice, and their individual limits for fear and pain. Deeper still, the author details the children's longing for a normal life in such a way that you feel the pain acutely, without it ever being directly described. They go from knowing their lives are in danger one moment to convincing themselves things are okay the next -- with you as the helpless observer, heartbroken for them, turning the pages until you know how (and if) they survived.
What will someone do to feel safe enough to dream again? Highly recommended.
This is a fast page turning read. I could not put it down. Matt and Callie are old for their age; the things they endure to protect their sister and care for her are amazing. Murdoch has a secret that won't be revealed until the final pages, however, after reading the book I was pretty certain I knew what Murdoch's secret was and I was right. Aunt Bobbie will finally step up, it was disturbing to know she lived in the same house and knew what the children endured and did nothing. Same with Ben, he came across as not wanting to get involved. The author does an excellent job of making the reader feel like they are part of this book. You have no trouble loving the good characters and hating the bad characters.
The unfortunate thing is, although this book is fiction, it's also true. It made my heart bleed for every child with an abusive guardian. Read the book, you'll enjoy it, it's fast, and it'll stay with you.