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Rules (original 2006; edition 2006)
by Cynthia Lord (Author)
Rules by Cynthia Lord (2006)
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I sat down to read this book because I am interested in the subject matter, and though it is a book for young readers (which I decidedly am not!) I enjoyed it quite a bit. I finished the whole thing in one sitting. It's a story about dealing with differences, longing for what cannot be, relating to family. Good stuff - any pre-teen who wants to know more about autism and how it affects family members of individuals with autism should read this book. ( )
Rules is told from the point of view of a twelve year old girl named Catherine whose younger brother, David, has autism. Over the years Catherine has created long lists of rules for David to help him remember things, like "if the bathroom door is closed, knock" to help him out and to stop him from embarassing her all the time. As it turns out, he still embarasses her a lot of the time and she's pretty stressed about it most of the time. This book is honest and funny and I loved it.
Sweet heart-warming book. It is okay to not be 'perfect'.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The main character is a bit confused as to whether or not she can find her own purpose in life while caring for her brother with autism.
On the one hand: it's a quick read, I found it engaging, and I identified with Catherine's painful embarrassment at being different from what she thinks of as normal -- I think the representation of a 12 YO girl is accurate. On the other hand: I read the reviews from people with autism and how this book makes them feel and I have to agree. There is no sympathy for David. There is very little celebration of his good qualities or of his talents -- just sibling resentment. While I liked that Catherine gets called out for being a jerk to her friend with cerebral palsy, her behavior was a bummer. I think it's a great book if you are sibling who feels overlooked and needs to let off a little steam. As a portrayal of autism or cerebral palsy, it's not a good representation.
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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.
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