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Book Summary-
Chappie, the narrator of Russell Banks's novel RULE OF THE BONE, introduces himself with these blunt words: "You'll probably think I'm making a lot of this up just to make me sound better than I really am or smarter or even luckier but I'm not. Besides, a lot of the things that've happened to me in my life so far which I'll get to pretty soon'll make me sound evil or just plain dumb or the tragic victim of circumstances. Which I know doesn't exactly prove I'm telling the truth but if I wanted to make myself look better than I am or smarter or the master of my own fate so to speak I could. The fact is the truth is more interesting than anything I could make up and that's why I'm telling it in the first place."

Chappie and Russ's next stop is a wealthy family's summer house, which they break into and trash. They burn the furniture for firewood, and eat up all the food. Russ decides he has had enough of this grungy life as a outlaw and he decides to head home, leaving Chappie to continue his adventures alone, adventures that will eventually lead him to a Rastafarian community in the distant hill country of Jamaica and a violent encounter with drug smugglers. Along the way, Chappie meets a proud and seemingly wise Jamaican named I-man, who introduces him to a powerful new brand of marijuana. He also locates his long-vanished father, who has become an international con man, and loses his virginity to his father's mistress.

Character Review-
Chappie is a young adult who lives with his mother and stepfather Ken in a small town called Au Sable in upstate New York. When the story begins, Chappie's rebelliousness has him sporting a nose ring and Mohawk. Chappie doesnt take anything to serious and finds him self having to take summer school to avoid failing 8th grade . He has a care free attitude which his mother and step father believe is cause by the excessive pot smoking.Chappie disobays his mother and sexually abusive step father to take control of his own future.
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5 Direct Passages from the book-
"A tattoo does that, it makes you think about your body like it's this special suit that you can put on or take off whenever you want, and a new name if it's cool enough does the same thing. To have both at once is power. It's the kind of power as all those superheroes who have secret identities get from being able to change back and forth from one person into another. No matter who you think he is, man, the dude is always somebody else." I choose this passage because I think it shows how Chappie views situations.

"Neither of us were into washing dishes so we kept on using new plates until after a while we couldn't find any more and would just turn them over and eat off of the other side and the pans we figured it was O.K. to keep on using without washing because when you cook things it kills the germs." I picked this passage because it describes the lifestyle the two young adults live.

"You'll probably think I'm making a lot of this up just to make me sound better than I really am or smarter or even luckier but I'm not. Besides, a lot of the things that've happened to me in my life so far which I'll get to pretty soon'll make me sound evil or just plain dumb or the tragic victim of circumstances. Which I know doesn't exactly prove I'm telling the truth but if I wanted to make myself look better than I am or smarter or the master of my own fate so to speak I could. The fact is the truth is more interesting than anything I could make up and that's why I'm telling it in the first place." I choose this paragraph because it was my favorite part of the book, the author really had me hooked.

“Loyalty is weird, it kicks in when you dont expect it and the people who deserve loyalty least seem to get it the most.”This quote shows the rules Chappie lives his life by.

“Actually I dont know if it ever works out unless you are standing in the middle of the street and dont see the ten-ton truck coming and this good guy pushes you out of the way and says its for your own good.”

2 Possible themes-
In my opinion the themes of the book are independency and maturity.The main character Chappie goes through a lot of changes and eye opening experiences during a certain period in his life. There is a big difference between the Chappie in the beginning of the book and the Chappie at the end of the book.
Setting-two settings take place in the book. One is a teenage wasteland in New York, the other is a sunny paridas in Jamacia.
Review- Although the author keeps you guessing what is going to happen to Chappie on every incounter, i found myself not really caring what happened to Chappie one way or another because I did not feel the author did a good enough job making me feel kinected to the characters.