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The Rule of Won

by Stefan Petrucha

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This book is a must read. I like how I can relate to Caleb(main character). He reminds me of me in my freshman year.Caleb calls himself a slacker. "Taking the easy rode of life." Caleb joins this club that read this book called The Rule of Won. He only does it to impress his girlfriend. Later on in the book Caleb learns there's more to this club than meets the eye and that the leader of the club has some secrets!
  DF1A_TravishaR | Sep 14, 2009 |
Caleb Dunne is a slacker and proud of it. Nothing much gets him riled up. He isn’t exactly popular at school, but he is definitely known around campus. The previous year, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and blamed for the destruction of the partially constructed gymnasium addition at school. He was expelled because of his alleged involvement. Truth is, he didn’t do anything, but no one believes him. The only person that even talks to Caleb is his over-achieving, politically ambitious, sort of girlfriend Vicky.When Vicky wants him to join a club based on the practices of a book called The Rule of Won he feels pressured to agree. The Rule of Won states that people can have everything they’ve ever dreamed of as long as they want it bad enough and think positively about it. Caleb has no interest in this club. In fact, it just sounds like a lot of work to him, but in order to stay with Vicky, he feels like he has no choice. Soon the group has a name and things begin to get serious.The Cravers are led by Ethan - a very serious follower of The Rule of Won. He guides the group by making suggestions as to what they should focus their positive thinking toward. First they focus on getting more funding for the school, then they move on to the school’s poor performing basketball team. From there, the Craves become more serious and Caleb begins to feel uncomfortable with the way things are going. Caleb has to decide if he is going to sit around and do nothing like the slacker he’s always been or make a stand to make things right.THE RULE OF WON is a novel that reminded me of LEAVING FISHERS by Margaret Peterson Haddix or THE WAVE by Todd Strasser. It is a great example of peer pressure in action. Even though the subject matter is serious, Caleb’s voice is entertaining. Only one aspect of the story didn’t seem to fit. There is a supernatural element that didn’t need to be there for the story to work. All in all though, THE RULE OF WON is an entertaining story. ( )
  kperry | Jul 3, 2009 |
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Let me start of by saying this book is the first book I ever read in a male’s point of view in a really long time and enjoyed it. Caleb was sarcastic and humorous. I mean sure there were times when the book got boring, like any other book, but Caleb’s humor would just snap you out of it. And on the upside, there weren’t any comments on how great a girl’s boob or butt look in a particular piece of article they were donning that particular day.

So who is Caleb?

Caleb Dunne, is sixteen and like most boys these days (yes I know that is a very bad generalization but it seems like it ..most of the time), a slacker. But his meandering through life ways is soon diminished when Vicky, his annoyingly-over achieving- power hungry girlfriend threatens to end their relationship if Caleb doesn’t join a new club based on the teachings of a controversial book The Power of Won. “The secret of The Rule of Won is simple, yet its power has been suppressed for generations. The universe is one of infinite abundance—ask, and you shall receive.”

Little does Caleb, know that he joined a cult, that will continuously growing and causing chaos in Sheer Neck High. And when I say chaos, I mean people getting beat up, bloodied and in some cases hospitalized.

This book was really interesting with the whole cult factor and like That Teen, I seriously, never read anything like it. The only little problem I had was it was never explained in the book what Vicky, was doing with Caleb, since they have two very contrasting personalities. Other then that, I thought it was an awesome read. And if any of you have reluctant reader friends that hate to read I suggest recommending this book because it’s hilarious and easy on the head kind of book. ( )
  YaBookRealm | Apr 7, 2009 |
The Rule of Won was a very interesting story about a cult that is obsessed with The Rule of Won. The Rule of Won is a book that was written by Jasper Trelawney and basically is about how if you just wish for something hard enough, you will get it and how anything that happens to you is what you secretly wished for.
Caleb Dunne is a slacker with horrible bad luck. Ever since the old gym of the school collapsed and he was the only person there at the time, he has been on the brink of expulsion and on the outs with his politically ambitious girlfriend, Vicky. When Vicky asks him to join the after school club for The Rule he figures that it will be a way to win her back. Once he gets into the club, though, bad things start to happen.
Caleb realizes that maybe the leader of The Rule, Ethan might be behind a lot of the accidents that are causing The Rule's dreams to come true but as he begins to investigate he realizes that it is impossible to stop them. The whole school has become obsessed, including the principal.
Caleb finally decides that he has to take matters into his own hands and faces off with Ethan to end the reign of the cult but not everything goes as expected.
I really enjoyed reading this book even though it wasn't one that I would normally pick up off the shelf. The story is kind of left hanging at the end though. It's almost like the author could write a sequel and I think that would make another great story. ( )
  kbpup903 | Feb 21, 2009 |
I’ll confess. I love sleeping even more than I love reading. It’s true. And it’s why I very rarely stay up late to finish a book. But I did stay up last night until 3:30 am to finish The Rule of Won.

Ok, so The Rule of Won doesn’t have a cover that screams “MUST READ” and the concept – slacker Caleb first gets swept up in a cult-like school club based on a controversial book (inspired by the ideas behind runaway bestseller The Secret) and then becomes horrified by their fascist ways – is intriguing but let’s face it, it’s not as “OMG WANT” as say... killer unicorns. But get past that. Open the book and read the prologue. In it, a young girl draws pictures of things she wishes would happen. The electricity being turned back on. Her teddy bear being found. And then these things happen. Is it coincidence or is it something else? This is the question you’ll ask yourself again and again as the novel progresses.

The leader of the club is charismatic Ethan, the brother of the little girl from the prologue. He convinces students that if they want something badly enough – new funding for the school, better cafeteria food, their sad sack basketball team to finally win a win a game – they just have to "imanifest" and chant their desires into existence. And since Screech Neck is a poor town, they have a lot of desires. When all the chanting seems to start paying off, the club gains popularity. Soon, it’s hard to walk down the halls without seeing students wearing “1” buttons (hmm…shades of the swastika?) and the club’s message board, dubbed ‘The Crave”, is buzzing.

Caleb is a skeptic at first, attending a club meeting only at his (soon to be ex) girlfriend’s insistence. As a slacker, and one of the most reviled kids at school (due to an unfortunate school vandalism incident), Caleb has a lot to gain from the club. And things are great – at first. But when people start getting hurt, Caleb can’t stand idly by. The way Author Stefan Petrucha handled Caleb was my favorite aspect of the book – I loved his whole character arc, his honest search for the truth, and his truly funny sarcastic voice.

The plot reminded me in many ways of The Wave by Morton Rhue (aka Todd Strasser), a book that is extremely popular in Germany and was recently made into a movie. They both explore group fanaticism and how “nice” people can get caught up in violent and oppressive movements. But if that sounds too “serious” for you, don’t worry. Petrucha infuses the narrative with both humor and charm. The postings on “The Crave” were brilliant. Not only did they give minor characters distinct personalities, they also illustrated the types of people who are duped by cults (the outcasts, the power hungry, the crazy, hedonists, etc.) The book is worth reading for these alone.

So there you have it. Other than my lost hours of sleep, I don’t have any complaints. Rule of Won is a gripping, important, and sarcastic novel with a touch of the supernatural. What more could you ask for? ( )
  lenoreva | Jan 26, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802796516, Hardcover)

The secret of The Rule of Won is simple, yet its power has been suppressed for generations. The universe is one of infinite abundance—ask, and you shall receive.

Umm, yeah right.  Meet Caleb Dunne, slacker extraordinaire. Caleb prefers to glide through life with the minimal amount of effort, so he isn’t too jazzed when his overachieving girlfriend, Vicky, convinces him to join a new school club based on a controversial book, The Rule of Won. Slackers don’t join school clubs, do they?  As The Rule gains popularity, though, the club members start to gain power within the school. From dark posts on the club’s online message board to all-out threats in the hallways, it becomes apparent that the group is getting out of control. For slacker Caleb, though, the only thing worse than doing something is not doing something.

Darkly funny and exceptionally thought-provoking, The Rule of Won, inspired by the ideas behind books like the runaway hit The Secret, shines a light on the dangers of group thinking and the inner desires that can sometimes get the best of us all.

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Caleb Dunne, the quintessential slacker, is pressured by his girlfriend to join a high school club based on The Rule of Won, which promises to fulfill members' every "crave," but when nonbelievers start being ostracized and even hurt, Caleb must act.

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