Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, Read by Daniel Passer

I listened to the unabridged audio version of this stunningly sad, yet uplifting young adult novel. I've read Werlin's Double Helix and was shocked that she could write just gritty, realistic fiction, too.

Matthew is 17 with two sisters and an abusive mother. His mother is bipolar (I think) although we never find out an exact diagnosis. She puts their lives at risk, forgets to do important mom things, and just goes crazy a lot. So Matthew writes everything down and addresses it to his younger sister Emmy. And, wow, what a story. It's amazing that a stranger is the one who ends up helping these kids. Sad, but amazing. Talk about your bibliotherapy....

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