What are five rules to survive and five rules to thrive in Bud, Not Buddy?

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Bud creates a list of rules that he lives by, which helps him survive and thrive in life. The following five rules help Bud survive in the world on his own:

  • Rule #3 helps Bud avoid getting into trouble for lying. Rule #3 is "If You Got to Tell a Lie Make Sure It's Simple and Easy to Remember."
  • Rule #87 helps Bud avoid being "tricked" and reminds him that adults typically have ulterior motives when they ask for help. Rules #87 is "When a Adult Tells You They Need Your Help With a Problem Get Ready to Be Tricked—Most Times This Means They Just Want You to Go Fetch Something for Them."
  • Rule #29 helps Bud survive by giving himself additional time to plan his next move before he wakes up in front of adults. Rule #29 is "When You Wake Up and Don't Know for Sure Where You're. At end There's a Bunch of people Standing Around You. It's Best to pretend You're Still Asleep, Until You Can Figure Out What's Going On and What You Should Do."
  • Rule #8 gives Bud an opportunity to run away from adults before he can be harmed or arrested. Rule #8 is "Whenever a Adult Tells You to Listen Carefully and Talks to You in a Real Calm Voice Do Not Listen, Run as Fast as You Can Because Something Real Terrible Is Just Around the Corner. Especially If the Cops Are Chasing You."
  • Rule #63 helps Bud survive precarious situations by reminding him to never say anything negative about others around people he does not know. Rule #63 is "Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know—Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy."

The following rules help Bud thrive in life by protecting his emotions and reminding him to avoid compromising situations.

  • Rule #118 helps Bud deceive adults and manipulate them into giving him exactly what he desires. Rule #118 is "You Have To Give The Adults Something That They Think They Can Use To Hurt You By Taking It Away. That Way They Might Not Take Something Away That You Really Do Want Unless They Are Crazy Or Real Stupid. They Won’t Take Everything Because If They Did They Wouldn’t Have Anything Left To Hold Over Your Head To Hurt You With Later."
  • Rule #328 allows Bud to thrive by encouraging him to follow his instincts and make the right life choices. Rule #328 is "When You Make Up Your Mind to Do Something, Hurry Up and Do It, If You Wait You Might Talk Yourself Out or What You Wanted in the First Place."
  • Rule #83 helps Bud psychologically prepare himself to accept bad news. Rule #83 is "If an Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late."
  • Rule #16 also deals with Bud's ability to prepare himself to receive bad news. Bud does not want to be caught off guard by seemingly harmless phrases and keeps his guard up to avoid being emotionally scarred. Rule #16 is "If a Grown-up Ever Starts a Sentence by Saying "Haven't You Heard," Get Ready, 'Cause What's About to Come Out of Their Mouth Is Gonna Drop You Head first into a Boiling Tragedy."
  • Rule #39 allows Bud to emotionally prepare himself to deal with an adult who is crying. Rule #39 is "The Older You Get, the Worse Something Has to Be to Make You Cry."
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Bud lives by a set of rules he has composed titled "Rules and Things for a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself." Some of these rules were adapted from bits of wisdom his mother passed down to him and some are his own thoughts.

These rules could be categorized into those that help Bud survive and those that help Bud thrive.

Five rules that help Bud survive are:

#3 If you got to tell a lie, make sure it’s simple and easy to remember.

#16 If a grown-up ever starts a sentence by saying “Haven’t you heard,” get ready, ’cause what’s about to come out of their mouth is gonna drop you head first into boiling tragedy.

#29 When you wake up and don’t know for sure where you are at and there’s a bunch of people standing around you, it’s best to pretend you’re still asleep until you can figure out what’s going on and what you should do.

#8 Whenever an adult tells you to listen carefully and talks to you in a real calm voice do not listen, run as fast as you can because something terrible is just around the corner.

#63 Never, ever say something bad about someone you don’t know—especially when you’re around a bunch of strangers. You never can tell who might be kin to that person or who might be a lip-flapping, big-mouth spy.

Five rules that help Bud thrive are:

#39 The older you get, the worse something has to be to make you cry.

#87 When an adult tells you they need your help with a problem get ready to be tricked—most times this means they just want you to go fetch something for them.

#328 When you make up your mind to do something, hurry up and do it, if you wait you might talk yourself out of what you wanted in the first place.

#83 If a adult tells you not to worry, and you weren’t worried before, you better hurry up and start ’cause you’re already running late.

#118 You have to give adults something that they think they can use to hurt you by taking it away. That way they might not take something away that you really do want.

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