The Rules of Survival

The Rules of Survival

by Nancy Werlin
The Rules of Survival

The Rules of Survival

by Nancy Werlin



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For Matt and his sisters, life with their mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt sees a guy called Murdoch coming to a child's rescue in a convenience store—and amazingly, Murdoch begins dating his mother. For the first time, Matt feels hope.


But the relief doesn't last. When Murdoch inevitably breaks up with his mother, and life gets even worse, Matt knows he needs to take action. But what can he do?


Matt's Rules of Survival:

  1. Sometimes, the people who mean you harm are the ones who say they love you.
  2. Fear is your friend. When you feel it, act.
  3. Protect the little ones.
  4. If you coped before, you can cope now.
  5. Always remember: in the end, the survivor gets to tell the story.

A National Book Award finalist 

An LA Times Book Prize finalist 

Starred reviews in Kirkus, Booklist, and SLJ 


Product Details

BN ID: 2940166522108
Publisher: Nancy Werlin
Publication date: 09/15/2022
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 862,604
File size: 457 KB

About the Author

Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick.
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). 
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. 
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. 
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. 
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.

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One of [Werlin]Æs most deliciously harrowing works.


Edgar Award-winner Werlin delivers another suspense-filled thriller that is sure to spark discussion.

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