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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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Liked the book up till the end of it; then it just fell flat. Like a few other readers stated predictable & just fell flat. Truly disappointed in the ending. ( )
  feenie1010 | Feb 22, 2015 |
With Jodi Picoult, it's often "hit and miss" with regards to whether or not I'll enjoy one of her books. This one was a hit. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
With Jodi Picoult, it's often "hit and miss" with regards to whether or not I'll enjoy one of her books. This one was a hit. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
By far one of Jodi's best thus far - have read all... A Must Read! " ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
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 |
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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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