Rules for Life by Darlene RyanRules for Life by Darlene Ryan

Rules for Life

byDarlene Ryan

Paperback | October 1, 2004

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When her mother died two years earlier, Izzy thought the world would change in some identifiable way, but it didn't. It didn't even slow down. Along with constantly watching her brother, Jason, to ensure he didn't repeat his involvement with drugs, Izzy has managed to get through school and the rest of her life using her mother's endless "rules" as guidance, even making up some of her own as she goes along. When her father starts dating again and then decides to get married, Izzy is unprepared. She is convinced she will hate this intruder in her ordered life and is certain that their family is complete as it is. When her father's new girlfriend becomes pregnant, and her health is threatened, Izzy finds that there might just be room in her family for Anne. And while trying to save her brother and stay true to the "rules," Izzy realizes that family involves more than blood and that rules aren't always absolute. A touching, often funny, story of love and acceptance, Rules for Life is a reminder that while we can't choose the family we are born with, we can choose the people we take along for the ride.
Title:Rules for LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2004Publisher:Orca Book PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551433508

ISBN - 13:9781551433509

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Two years ago Izzy's mother died, and for the past two years, Izzy has been living her life by the rules her mother taught her. They are a huge asset for her, for she finds she is able to escape from any situation. Living with her father, and sharing everything with each other, Izzy's father tells her that he has met someone he wants to marry. Alone and no where to turn, her world becomes even worse. Her dad's fiancé is pregnant. This book really teaches the true meaning of family and love
Date published: 2006-08-02

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My mother might be dead, but she was still my mother. I knew that, even if my dad seemed to have forgotten.