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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
The year is 1971 and sixteen-year-old Sharon is sick and tired of the life she is living. With parents that control her every move in life and deny her the choice to attend college because she’s a female, she decides to run away with her older sister to sunny California. In California, Sharon becomes totally engrossed in the hippie, free love lifestyle and feels liberated for the first time in her life. Introduced to drugs and sex, her sheltered life in Connecticut is soon a thing of the past. With her sister, the two meet a slew of new friends that share the same love of freedom as they do. California, though, wasn’t Sharon’s first and only stop. Like a gypsy, the teenager wanders from one place to another in an attempt to truly find herself. This journey leads her from California to Chicago to Montreal and back home again, in each place picking up friends and a better understanding of herself along the way.
I think Sharon Dukett has done an amazing job putting her teenager life on paper in No Rules: A Memoir. When you read it, you can almost feel the author sitting next to you, telling her story as an aunt or grandmother would. The hippie culture had been widely popularized and glamorized for the people who either weren’t alive during this period or were way too young to remember. It was interesting to find out why the culture appealed to Sharon and what it taught her. It was very easy to relate to Sharon Dukett in this book on so many levels. It gives you a firsthand account of life during the Nixon administration and the Vietnam war. No Rules is definitely a book I would recommend to others.