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The Rules of Survival

Werlin, Nancy (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Rules of Survival
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Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
Authors: Werlin, Nancy
Title: The rules of survival
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books, c2006.
Characteristics: 259 p. ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection.
Local Note: Core Youth
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ISBN: 9780142410714
9780803730014
0803730012
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Werlin
Subject Headings: Emotional problems of children Young adult fiction. Brothers and sisters Young adult fiction. Child abuse Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Emotional problems of children
Brothers and sisters
Child abuse
LCCN: 2006001675
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Comment by: JCLDebbieF Jun 05, 2013

Nancy Werlin can tell an amazing story. This one is told through the voice of Matthew, a young man living with his two sisters. All three are trying to survive in a household with an abusive mother on the edge of a complete mental breakdown. This tale of survival is gut wrenching and a hard re... Read More »


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Jun 29, 2013
  • Brit911 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love it exspecally the ending it wouldnt be the same without it!!!!!!!1

Jun 05, 2013
  • JCLDebbieF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nancy Werlin can tell an amazing story. This one is told through the voice of Matthew, a young man living with his two sisters. All three are trying to survive in a household with an abusive mother on the edge of a complete mental breakdown. This tale of survival is gut wrenching and a hard read, but also inspiring.

Oct 22, 2012
  • FaithLovesPuddles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just finished this book a few minutes ago. I read it in one night. It was an amazing story. It helps bring to light the happenings of child abuse and how you need lots of evidence in order to pass in court. At times, I became angry with Nikki in this book. Why should she be able to hit her kids and be so uncaring and not have anyone realize it? I enjoyed the ending, and I'll admit I cried a little. I would recommend this book to any person who wanted an insight on life in general or child abuse specifically.

I really liked Nancy Werlin's book "The Killer's Cousin" — so I thought I'd try this one, too. This was just as good, but in a different way — less suspenseful, and more about the exploration of character. It's interesting to try and understand the nature of child abuse from the point of view of Matthew, an older child (he grows from 11-14 or so) who tries to support and help his two siblings against his mother. The depiction of his attitudes/emotions and the situation seems realistic but also hopeful.

This is a unique and believable depiction of child abuse. There is little physical violence, but the mother’s unpredictable moods and twisted control of her children bring a high level of emotional intensity and suspense to the book. This book will appeal to both boys, due to the role of Matthew as narrator, and girls, due to the role of Matthew’s sisters and the emotional story. Overall, Rules of Survival is an excellent choice for readers who are willing to explore the painful reality of child abuse.

Oct 27, 2011
  • Liz6 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book!!!!!! I think the mother is mean, horrible, and a disgrace to moms everywhere. But you know, everyone has their perks and faults. This one just has more faults than perks. =/

Oct 16, 2011
  • 13ites rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was very good. It was very emotional and extremely realistic. I loved it!!!! You should read it 100%!

Jul 15, 2011
  • Kenzie1212 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very good book!! It was very hard to put down at most parts and was very emotional..(if you get into the book)

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Jun 02, 2014
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Jul 22, 2012
  • Red_Cat_1061 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 22, 2012
  • Red_Cat_1061 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Emmy, the events we lived through taught me to be sure of nothing about other people. They taught me to expect danger around every corner. They taught me to understand that there are people in this world that mean you harm, And sometimes, they're the people who say they love you.”

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