House Rules

House Rules

by Rachel Sontag
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House Rules 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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This book was very depressing.What I learned through reading this book: I couldn't imagine having a father like that. I like more uplifting stories. I can't really write anything positive about it.
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samibawami More than 1 year ago
good book i kiked it but parts of it were eh
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jhoopstar1221 More than 1 year ago
this book was hard to get through. i felt bad for the situations the author had to go through with her father however i didnt see where she was going the whole book. the ending didnt satisfy me enough. but this is her first book so i will give her a little credit.
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I found the book easy reading and fairly engrossing. I got a little weary towards the end with the author trying to deal with her mother and father issues, but overall it was a good book and would recommend to others. I hope she's in therapy. With parents like that, she'll need it for the rest of her life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is heartbreaking and emotionally raw. The author's childhood was filled with unreachable parental expectations that, while extreme, I think many of us can relate to. Her writing style is free-flowing and hooks the reader from the first page. I highly recommend 'House Rules' for it's content and for the wonderful way in which the story is written. As with the other reviewers, I could not put this book down and rooted for the author in her journey of self-discovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a haunting tale, yet the manner in which Sontag tells her story brings the reader close and personal. It compels the reader to make it through each chapter, and become an actor in Sontag¿s life through the witnessing of her story. Just as the author managed to temper the horror of her circumstances through humor, so too does the reader ¿ and the hilarity that it evokes is as fierce at times as the anger. This makes the book enlivening even in its most tragic moments. Her account of her life is unique in its purity and honesty - not only with the reader, but with herself. Sontag beautifully manages the delicate balance between concrete, visceral descriptions and reflective analysis on her situation. For those who can identify closely with the harsh details of her life, it brings on a difficult yet cathartic moment of truth. For everyone else, it remains entirely relevant in its inspiring message of strength and bravery in the face of mistreatment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many others who have reviewed here, I couldn't put this book down. A beautifully written account of one family's hidden darkness that manages to transcend into the universal by virtue of the author's vivid descriptions and emotional honesty. This isn't a book that looks to place blame or analyze the actions of the people in it until they fit into a neat little box -- it's a living, breathing account of what it means not only to survive, but to live, with grace and tenacity. Ms. Sontag's memoir, while at times painful to read, is also one full of humor and hope. I recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sontag takes us on a sometimes brutally painful, sometimes awe-inspiring journey of psychological abuse, perseverance and finally self-acceptance and reliance. In that journey we see an uncanny ability of the author to weather the storm of her parents mental problems, to use (most hysterically) the use of humor to deflect the pain of her parents attacks and dysfunction, and finally to find honesty as the real means to move on. Sontag never takes the role of a victim in a family full of victims and defies her father¿s insults and her mother¿s ineptitude to become a success despite them. She also clearly illustrates the complexity of her relationship with her parents and spends much time talking about instances of joy and accomplishment where she felt close to her father and sought out his approval. The pain in this seesaw of emotions is highly palpable to the reader. The book is written simply and takes you right into the author's life without pretexts or dogma. A highly recommended read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally a reader of memoirs but a friend gave me this book and I have to say that once I started, it was very hard to put down. With grace, humor and courage the author vividly sweeps you up and into her rather harrowing and heartbreaking childhood. I found it to be moving and inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was incredible. It was such an intament picture into the life of a family where seemingly everything was normal. I think most people can relate to one degree or another how dysfunctional family interaction can be. She really brings the characters to life. Also the way it is written is very free flowing and easy to read. I really love this author and can't wait for what she does next. A real joy! Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. You really are transported into the mind of the author. Tragic yet beautiful,and ultimately uplifting. I highly recommend this read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a book I could not put down till I was finished with it. Reading Rachel's account makes you feel as though you have known her all your life. Her story is intense and reflects the complicated relationship between father and daughter. My heart was striving with her and her strength is truly encouragement to others. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing the deepest part of yourself with the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. Im sure come years end, it will populate many best of 2008. So far it is on the top of my 2008 and would have made my 2007 list as well. Its a moving account of one young lady's childhood, and how she overcomes what would cripple most of us. I wanted to re read it as soon as I was done. I agree with the previous poster, I could not put it down. I would recommend everyone to pick up the book read it. Sontag writes just enough never filling any pages with unwanted fluff, but enough of the details to make you feel like you are there living with it with her. Again this is one of the top books I have read in the last year.