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House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules

by Jodi Picoult

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (terran)
    terran: An autistic teen solves a mystery and accomplishes more on his own than many people expect of him.
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    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (YAbookfest)
    YAbookfest: Picoult gives a view into the lives of all the characters involved when a teen goes on a shooting rampage in his school. Like House Rules, each chapter's takes a different character's point of view. It's more subtle and complex than House Rules.
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    The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (Cecilturtle)
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    Love Anthony by Lisa Genova (Iudita)
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    Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco X. Stork (fromthecomfychair)
    fromthecomfychair: It's a story about a boy with Asperger Syndrome that, while no more realistic than Picoult's book, is better written, and less predictable. For me it trumps Mark Haddon's popular book as well.

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I put this on my "mystery" shelf because the story revolves around a mystery that isn't solved until the very end, but it's probably more along the lines of general fiction.

I enjoyed the story, but I felt like the mystery part was a bit forced and unbelievable, as I'm just not sure the character with Asperger's would've been quite that clueless about what it was that everyone else didn't know.

However, I don't usually read "family drama" sorts of novels, so this was a refreshing break from my more usual paranormal fare! ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
Picoult continues to provide something to think and think and think about. How does she do that??

This was our March book club book and I am just finishing it right now...I know a little slow, but it was well worth it!

This is the story of Jacob, his mother Emma and his younger brother Theo. It is also the story of how a family copes with an all-consuming, life altering, diagnosis. Jacob has Asperger's. He is brilliant and unable to connect, obsessed and childlike all at the precise moment. His meltdowns span of shirts with buttons and eating the wrong colored food on a specific day and have torn apart his family. Mom is ultra-focused on Jacob and Theo breaks into 'normal' family houses.

Into this mix come Jess Oglivy. She is Jacob's social skills tutor and the object of Jacob's love. She is also found dead in a culvert behind the house she was staying in wrapped in Jacob's quilt.

I do have to say I had this figured out way before the end - I think Picoult wanted you do to that though. The purpose of the book was not figuring out what happened to Jess - instead it was figuring out what happens to a family who suspects one of their own. The story is about the trial of Jacob for Jess's murder.

How does a parent who has forfeited her life handle the idea her son may be a murderer? What about the father who deserted them? How does the legal system deal with an man with Asperger's on the stand - one who needs sensory breaks and can't stand loose hair around a woman's shoulder or the sound and sight of a crumpled paper?

In typical Picoult fashion the reader is drawn into a world too painful to really understand, one where surprising moments of pure joy and peace appear and the bad guys are not always the bad guys. ( )
  kebets | Sep 14, 2015 |
Not my favorite Picoult story. I had it figured out within the first 100 pages (rarely happens). Mom was responsible for many of her problems, all by herself. ( )
  sraelling | Jul 29, 2015 |
It's been a while since I've read Picoult's books and was very pleased to read this one. The premise of this book is about Jacob, who is diagnosed with Asperger's. He life is turned upside down when he is charged with murdering his tutor. Like always, Picoult's books switch between all the major characters so you get their views.

For the rest of the review... warning spoilers ahead!!... go to my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/86958.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Mar 20, 2015 |
This is such an unusual book. As with all of Jodi Picoult's books that I've read it's also about family dynamics and the complex relationships involved. This is a mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end. I highly recommend it. Lone Wolf is also a great book by Picoult. Check them out. ( )
  angelswing | Mar 10, 2015 |
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Sandberg, AnnaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle.
Nobody ever asks Superman if X-ray vision is a drag; if it gets old looking into brick buildings and seeing guys beat their wives or lonely women getting wasted or losers surfing porn sites. Nobody ever asks Spiderman if he gets vertigo. If their superpowers are anything like mine, it's no wonder they're always putting themselves in harm's way. They're probably hoping for a quick death.
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HOUSE RULES is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. HOUSE RULES looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don’t.
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A teenager with Asperger's syndrome--smart, quirky, with a passion for crime scene analysis--winds up on trial for murder.

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