Rules of the Road Themes & Characters

Joan Bauer
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Bauer addresses several themes in Rules of the Road: complex parent-child relationships, adversity, self-esteem, loyalty, responsibility, and growing up. The overriding theme is Jenna's growing realization about herself and who she is. Because of her sense of loyalty and responsibility, she takes on burdens that a teen should not have to shoulder. Her life has been influenced and colored by her experiences with an alcoholic father. The complexities of their relationship include memories of being forced to lie for him on the telephone, which has developed in her an aversion to using the telephone. Other memories are broken promises, embarrassing situations, missed celebrations for birthdays, holidays, school functions, and a general lack of concern for her, her sister, and her mother. Bauer develops the theme thoroughly as the reader listens in on the unspoken commentary running in Jenna's mind all through the story. Jenna...

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