Study Guide

The Usual Rules Chapter 17

By Joyce Maynard

Chapter 17

  • Wendy does like the book that Alan recommended for her, and she feels a kinship with the main character, Frankie, because they're the same age and also starting to see the world differently.
  • She goes to the bookstore and talks to Alan about how she plays the clarinet; she wishes she had one here with her. She also helps Alan shelve some books.
  • When customers come, she overhears them talking to Alan about Tim, his son. They sympathize with how hard it is for him to have an autistic son.