House Rules: A Novel Paperback – Nov 9 2010
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"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes."
--The Financial Times
"Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only
provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us."
--The Boston Globe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at JodiPicoult.com.See all Product Description
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One of Jacob's quirks is his interest in crime scene forensics - he watches true life forensic TV shows, reconstructs crime scenes at home and even turns up at real crime scenes, offering to help the detectives.
When someone Jacob knows if found dead, and it is revealed that the murder occurred shortly after and argument with Jacob, he falls into the spotlight. Subsequent forensic evidence points even more towards Jacob's guilt and he is held for questioning...
There are some pretty large plot holes, and the twist can be seen coming from a thousand yards, so as a thriller it doesn't really stack up. It also suffers for being overly similar to Picoult's My Sister's Keeper and Handle With Care - child with medical problems, jealous sibling, courtroom drama, check, check and check.
But as an engaging and well observed novel it hits the mark, and is an excellent study of a family under pressure combined with a fascinating insight into Asperger's Syndrome.
From the mother: "Since there's no cure yet for Asperger's, we treat the symptoms ...". Asperger's is not a disease or an illness! There is no cure because one is not needed. Just from reading the positive reviews of this book I see the word "illness" being used over and over to describe Asperger's and that is because the book has left readers unfamiliar with AS with that impression. I could sit here and write an essay refuting all the quotes on the dog-eared pages I created while reading, but I won't. If you want a realistic view of a young man with Asperger's I urge you to read the book "Marcelo in the Real World" by Francisco X. Stork. The main character is 17 years old and is very comparable to Jacob only the author has done an excellent job in portraying Asperger's, showing the struggles we face but also shows that we do indeed function and do not need anyone's sympathy.
BTW, I did give the book 2 stars because if I removed the whole Asperger's element I thought the mystery was quite interesting with a fun little twist to the solution.
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As a mother of a son with AS I found it very interesting. thank youPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing novel that can really help you understand the importance of perspective.Published 13 months ago by Emily Ryan
For those with aspergers, I am appreciative of authors who write to give better insight and understanding. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Studio M
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Lessons learned once again.Published 23 months ago by J. Richard
Great read, however I did find it was a big dragged out it was almost like there was too much information. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Candyastra
Interesting book about two brothers, one of whom as austism. Learned lots about the disease, particularily Asperger Syndrome. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2013 by Diana E. Young
This was my first Jodi Picoult book and i couldn't put it down! Some parts were a little confusing since the book bounced from character to character but over all it was a really... Read morePublished on June 27 2013 by Amazon Customer