Rule of the Bone

Rule of the Bone

A Novel

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Slipping into the dangerous world of drugs and petty theft as a means of rebelling against an abusive home life, Chappie takes on a new identity and encounters a host of characters, including a sexually victimized young girl

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Chappie, the precociously wise narrator of Rule of the Bone, is a punked-out teenager living in an upstate New York trailer park with his mother and abusive stepfather. Almost accidentally he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he drifts through crash pads, doper squats, and malls. With his best friend, Russ, he gets a crossed-bone tattoo on his arm and takes the name "Bone," inventing and claiming for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider.

Baker
& Taylor

Slipping into the dangerous world of drugs and petty theft as a means of rebelling against an abusive home life, Chappie takes on a new identity and encounters a host of characters, including a sexually victimized young girl. 100,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060172756
0060172754
Branch Call Number: BAN
Characteristics: 390 p. ; 20 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

Possibly one of the best coming-of-age stories ever written, Rule of the Bone follows the life of Chappie, a young homeless teenager growing up in upstate New York worried about his developing 'criminal mentality'. He meets a father figure and mentor in I-Man, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica in America and proceeds to follow him to Jamaica where life really gets out of hand. An amazing adventure.

JasmineAurora Jul 20, 2012

I did not enjoy this book very much. I read the Catcher in the Rye immediately after and liked it so much more. So much shenanigans happens and it was unnecessary. I didn't understand Chappie which was the ultimate problem.

Maybea Jun 22, 2012

My absolute favourite book of all time.

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tauseef365
Mar 03, 2012

For anyone who was disappointed by The Catcher in the Rye, this book will make up for those wasted hours of your life that you will never get back. It alternates between the banal life of a disaffected troubled teenager, and an almost fable-like tale that is very satisfying.

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Kendall
Oct 13, 2009

My favourite book of all time. I've read it about 4 times since I discovered it a few months ago, and I am reading it again. I LOVE THSI BOOK ISAFOASHFOASHFOIHASHFIOASIHOF

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nicoleedmonds
Sep 22, 2009

amazing book

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blue_wolf_2277 Jul 05, 2013

Coarse Language: F-word a-word

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Jul 29, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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blue_wolf_2277 Jul 05, 2013

Life is great,but not when you mess up.
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