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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 stepfathers 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 mothers 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 fathers 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
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