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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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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 |
This story has the same dynamics with "My SIster's Keeper". It just had a different set of characters and a different "sickness" but "House Rules" is still a must-read. I liked it because I work with special needs children and can relate with the story. However, if you're expecting a really emotional book then it does not compare to "My Sister's Keeper". This one is less emotional and a little bit repetitive. Nevertheless, Picoult is a truly talented writer. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 6, 2014 |
CSI obsessed Aspergers teen messes with crime scene. Good as are all of her books. More of a mystery in this one. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Jodi Picoultprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sandberg, AnnaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schumacher, RainerÜbersetzermain 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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