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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
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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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This book was so bad it deserved an account being created just to encourage people to never, ever read it. Being Picoult, who I normally love, I stuck with it in anticipation of the huge twist. Nope, didn't happen. She's really become a lazy author, I guess when you're so famous that all it takes is a ''controversial'' topic to publish, why bother trying? Here we see a watered down, poorly attempted summery of pretty much every other book she writes. we have a 'neglected' sibling, the one with all the issues, a beautiful 'fierce' mother, undeveloped inappropriate romance and a long drawn out boring trial in which the state is evil and OBVIOUSLY the defendant is right. Yup, pretty much My Sister's Keeper without all the writing skill and character development that made that book so beautiful.

I found her take on Asperges (I'd love to see how many times that word comes up in the book)incorrect, unrealistic and at times downright insulting. Although I do appreciate how she was trying to illustrate the effects Asperges has not only on the individual but the family also, she went WAY too far- Theo blaming it for the reason he has no friends? Come on! I'm not sure if she was actually trying to lead her audience into hating anyone with this condition or if she was challenging us to be clever enough to ignore her but either way, I am unimpressed. The self awareness Jacob demonstrates is completely inconsistent with how she attempts to portray him and similarly each and every character displays similar flaws; from Emma, the perfect mom who ignores her younger son, theo who's constantly fighting between criminality and 'just wanting a normal family....' the lawyer who falls madly in love with his client's mom in about 24 hours... the whole thing's ridiculous. Even the trial seemed unrealistic, which is surprising as in court scenes Picoult usually astounds me with a perfect balance between in-depth knowledge and expertly written fiction.

Anyway, enough of this. I have not completely given up on her as an author as this is the first bad book of hers I've read. Hopefully it will be the jolt she needs to stop taking her fame for granted and go back to writing the amazing stories that were Mercy and My Sister's Keeper. ( )
  slothybooks | Oct 4, 2014 |
Jacob has been accused of murdering his Social Skills teacher Jess. No one can believe Jacob would do such a thing because he never breaks rules and loved Jess. However, when he confesses he did it because it was the right thing to do, it seems he's sealed his own fate in the eyes of the law and is arrested. Oliver, working his first criminal law case, tries to pull out all the stops to get him acquitted, but Jacob's Asperger's keeps getting in the way. Picoult weaves a family story of a teen boy involved in a murder he may or may not have committed, his younger brother, Theo, who wishes his life and brother could just be normal, and a mother who has dedicated her entire life to Jacob - sometimes forgetting all about Theo in the process of helping Jacob. Readers learn a great deal about autism, Asperger's, and how this disorder affects not only the person with it, but his/her family members. Hopefully, this knowledge will translate to more compassion and understanding towards those on the Asperger Spectrum. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
wonderful book! Two issues 1) I couldn't put it down long enough to enjoy the rest of the world. I was completely captivated for 6 full hours pausing only long enough to refill my water glass. And 2) I figured out the ending too soon and simply found myself waiting to be proven right. I prefer to be surprised by an ending, but this was a little too easy to figure out.

However, as I head into a career working with children on the spectrum I found this to be an incredible insight into the high-functioning autistic mind. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Used-Car Saleswoman of an Author

This is the second book of hers I've read that starts with an awesome premise--in the first, My Sister's Keeper, it's the ethics of having a kid simply to supply body parts for an older sister, and what happens when said kid has had enough; in this book, it's about whether a kid with Asperger's should be convicted of a crime if he/she truly cannot appreciate that the act was wrong.

The problem with Picoult's books is that after presenting the awesome hook, getting you invested in the characters, and making it so you're dying to see how she's going to pull it off, she *never actually addresses the question.* There's some "clever" plot twist at the end that makes the rest of the book irrelevant, and the characters never have to deal with the implications of the original situation. SO frustrating.

I won't fall for this bait-and-switch tactic again. Not recommended. ( )
  Pat_F. | Jul 25, 2014 |
Maybe one of my favorite Picoult books so far. It wasn't the huge moral dilemma than always seem to end in heartache like her other books. I found it a really interesting look into the world of Asperger's, and it has made me curious to find out more which is always a sign of a good work of fiction to me. This read more as a mystery or thriller to me, although I was pretty sure I knew the "whodunit" before the author led us there and I was correct. ( )
  she_climber | Apr 7, 2014 |
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Everywhere I look, there are signs of a struggle.
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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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