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This book is beautiful. I can really relate to Cathrine in terms that she doesn't feel like she belongs, and that her parents favour David because he has Autism. I thought that Kristi was a bit of a jerk toward Cathrine, because she ignored her and favoured Ryan. When Cathrine said that she was no fun because of not wanting to go to the dance, she wasn't upset that Cathrine couldn't come, she was upset that she and Ryan couldn't go BECAUSE her mom said that Catrine had to come too. Jason was a way better friend, and it really upset me when Cathrine thought that going to the dance would be embarrassing, because he wanted to go so badly.
this book is just amazing. i myself have a sibling with autism, so this was totally relate able. whether you know anyone with autism or you don't, I TOTALLY RECOMMEND this book.
Words cannot express how incredibly heartwarming and impressive the “Rules” novel by Cynthia Lord was. It was an absolutely beautiful and emotion-filled read and although I personally cannot directly relate to Catherine’s life, I can fairly say that it has set the bar high when it comes to eliminating the stereotypes associated with disabilities and the autism spectrum. While Cynthia Lord amazingly wrapped together this book as a whole through the realistic plot and thorough character development, I would’ve liked to see a light specifically shone on the relationship between Catherine and her brother. Overall, if that one vague aspect of the book was elaborated on more, it would’ve significantly enhanced the read and made it much more lifelike. All in all, I absolutely enjoyed reading “Rules” by Cynthia Lord, and I would definitely recommend this novel to readers looking for a heartfelt and one-of-a-kind book. Rating: 4/5
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This book will force you to confront and question your own perception of others and what is truly considered to be”normal”. Catherine has an autistic brother, and as a result, often her parents are mainly focused on him. In an effort to make her brother seem more normal, she teaches him new rules that she writes down and draws out. After meeting a boy named Jason at her brother David’s speech therapy office, she develops an unlikely friendship that she would have never expected. This book is tremendously heart-warming and will cause you to feel empathy for Catherine, and David. I would rate this book 5/5 stars and recommend it to absolutely anyone to read since it has an important message and tackles real-life issues.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
“RULES” by Cynthia Lord is a heartwarming novel about living with someone with special needs. Although one may find this distinct plot difficult to connect with, we all can get a moving lesson and understanding of both people with disabilities and special needs, and the people they are surrounded by. “RULES” has no boundaries, showing the reality of just how difficult it can be to live with somebody with special needs and how much patience and understanding you must have for them. Overall, “RULES” by Cynthia Lord is an inspiring book that hits you right in the feels and just shines a light that forces you to understand the characters’ perspectives. Rating 3.5/5 stars.
- @WordfulReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I read this with a 3rd Grade Book Club and it was a huge hit. It opened up discussions about autism and gave the kids a perspective that they could easily understand. I can't recommend this book enough.
All time favorite!
I never read books more than once and I have read rules 6 times, about to be 7. This book allows for readers to find a new Understanding for Autism, which not many people can do. His book allowed for me to realize that disabilities are nothing to be ashamed of in any way. I highly recommend this book for any age above 8.
Twelve-year-old Catherine justs wants a normal life. But this can be difficult if everything about your life and your family is so very different. Catherine has had to be a big sister to a brother with autism, which has caused her no shortage of frustration over the years as she tries to help her brother navigate through “normal” life. “Rules” is a heartwarming story about feeling different and finding acceptance.
I really enjoyed this book. It hist close to home as i have a friend and a younger sister with autism.
I admire the main character for stepping up and helping her brother and new friend.
Rules expresses living with a sibling with a disability. It is an interesting point of view,
I liked this book very much. It's a quick read, and I enjoyed the character of Catherine. The reason I gave three stars instead of four is that I felt this book was incomplete. I couldn't tell you what's missing, but I was looking for more closure, and the ending wrapped up far too quickly. I felt roughly the same way about her other book, "Touch Blue". However, both books are perfect for fourth and fifth grade readers.
I recommend this book for reading because it brings insight on people with autism and sister and brothers of those with it. The view if from the siblings who know how it feels to deal with frustrations, the good and the bad of dealing with those that have autism. The book is very simple and very easy to read and understand. This is an example of really world characters. This would be a great book to introduce sibling relationships and also disabilities. The personal and passion for the way the story is told makes real life connections not only to the author but the readers as well.
I highly recommend this book because it touches a really sensitive topic, Autism. As adults we try to deal with different situations and sometimes we forget that our children have to deal with the same issues. I love the way this book portraits Catherine in her search to understand how to deal with her brother’s autism. The point of view that Catherine provides in the book has a profound message of understanding and love. This book has given me a deep understanding in how families with a disable member live, and how they thrives everyday making the best of life. This book is for anyone whose lives have been touched by autism or who would like to see how families deal with the day to day routines with an autistic child. A beautiful story!
Cynthia Lord captures the delicate dynamics in a family that revolves around a child's disability. I would definitely recommend this book for students because of how it is about being different and finding acceptance. It is a warm read and a great discussion starter for the class.
“Rules”, by Cynthia Lord is a book about a girl name Catherine and her brother David who struggles through life with autism. Catherine overcomes several obstacles when she learns more about her brother’s situation. This book is very interesting, eye-opening, happy, and unfortunately sad, all in one. I would definitely recommend this book to teachers and parents as a read aloud for children or as some kind of anticipatory set for a good lesson.
I recommend this book to any parent, teacher, or caregiver, of an autistic child. This book makes you realize what is really important in life, and how to handle certain situations appropriately. This book is at the same time sad, funny, and will make you smile as well. I think this is a great book for anyone who is just misunderstood and knows what it feels like to have to go through struggles. Catherine is the sister of David, who has autism, and the story is told through her eyes, and the struggles she went through and overcame as she learned more about her brother.
Great book that helps you understand struggles of an autistic child and his family. Helps to understand how an autistic child doesn't always get rules and needs things to always be on a schedule. Great read!
This is a wonderful book, a tear-jerker at some points but deffinitely a great book to read. I think this book helps children better understand all the struggles an autistic child has and all the family has to go through them. Even to the siblings in the family it is very hard on them, like in this story Catherine has to tell her brother to stop doing things he is not supposed to be doing. This character, Catherine is embrassed. But in the end she learns what really matters to her and what doesn't.
I loved reading from the sister's point of view. She had so many struggles and it was great to read about her overcoming them :)
I am a mom of a Autistic son and I loved the book. It is amazing and very well Written. It is funny, sad, and insperational all at the same time.