The Rules of Survival – Nancy Werlin

It all starts when Matthew observes a heroic scene in a convenience store: A man named Murdoch puts himself between an abusive father and his son. Matt is determined to get to know this man. And when, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother, it seems as if life may become peaceful for the first time.

Matt and his sisters have never before known a moment of peace in a household ruled by their unpredictable, vicious mother. And so, after Murdoch inevitably breaks up with her and the short period of family calm is over, Matt sees that he needs to take action. He refuses to let his family remain at risk. Can he call upon his hero, Murdoch? And if not, what might his desperation lead him to do?

This book was chilling for me.  I have no idea what it’s like to live with someone that might hurt you at any moment.  To have to think all the time about what might set them off.  Wow.  This book was really well written and compelling.  Recommended for high schoolers.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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