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Rule of the Bone

            Rule Of The Bone, written by Russell Banks, is a story told by a short fourteen year old.
             boy named Chappie, who endured a lot of pain and suffering. His father abandoned his.
             family when Chappie was five. When his mother remarried, he suffered from his.
             stepfather's abuse. Both his mother and stepfather were alcoholics and completely.
             ignored him. To gain attention, Chappie got a Mohawk haircut, pierced his ears, and.
             sported a nose ring. As an escape, Chappie started using drugs and stole his mother's.
             collection of valuable coins in order to pay for them. This totally infuriated his mother and.
             Chappie decided to leave home. Following this, Chappie lived in an apartment above a.
             video store with heavy metal bikers. A fire broke out, and Chappie left the apartment. .
             Next, Chappie and his friend Russ, camped out in an abandoned summer house. Chappie.
             eventually left and helped a young girl named Froggy escape from a drug addict and.
             porno movie maker named Buster Brown. Chappie and Froggy then met up with a.
             religious Jamaican named I-man. Chappie felt that I-man was his teacher in life. After.
             meeting I-man, Chappie decided to send Froggy back to her mother. Chappie then.
             followed I-man to Jamaica where they dealt drugs to tourists. In Jamaica, Chappie ran.
             into his real father who took him and I-man back to live at the "mothership". At the.
             "mothership", Chappie ended up losing his virginity to his father's girlfriend. Finally,.
             I-man got killed, and Chappie became a part of a sea crew and set out on another voyage.
             I think Rule Of The Bone is a great intriguing story. On one hand I could identify.
             and relate to this teenage boy and share some of his feelings. However, it made me.
             appreciate the security of growing up in a stable home with parents who truly care about.
             me. This book made me realize that I usually take all this for granted. However, I was.
             disappointed with the ending of the book; I thought that Chappie's life was finally heading in the right direction.

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