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House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

House Rules: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Jodi Picoult

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Title:House Rules: A Novel
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:Washington Square Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 560 pages
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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 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 felt that at times this book dragged on. It was a good book, not one of her best. Although it did keep you guessing until the very end of how everything really did play out. I felt like I had missed something until I finished it. The title also greatly connects into the book- more so than a lot of book titles. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
Julie and Robin got me started here. Reading on the Kindle App on the iPad/iPhone ( )
  Daniel.Malcor | Jul 17, 2018 |
Jacob is a young autistic man, accused of a crime his mother knows he did not commit. This novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult gives an insight into autism through an engaging story.
  ThePinesLibrary | Jul 16, 2018 |
This was definitely not my favorite Jodi Picoult book. Two words: split infinitives! They were everywhere throughout the book. Since each chapter is told from a different character's perspective, I thought maybe she used these on purpose to sound more like the characters would if they were really doing the talking; however, I realized that couldn't be the case, when, by the end of the book, every character had employed a split infinitive at least once! (including the main character, Jacob, who has Asperger's Syndrome. I couldn't believe that character would actually speak that way because he was supposedly extremely intelligent, and an ardent "rule follower").

All that aside, I was also bothered by a few inconsistencies in the characters that others have also mentioned, such as the fact that Jacob is described at the beginning of the book as having military short hair, but later in the book, the mother speaks of having to wipe the hair away from his eyes.

I figured out early on what had actually happened, but figured I must be wrong, because surely the character who had played such a pivotal role in another character's death would speak up and at least have a conversation with one (or more!) of the other characters somewhere throughout the story about the nature of his involvement! (sorry -- I'm trying not to give away any key aspects of the mystery!) It didn't seem genuine to me that this particular character would actually behave this way, considering he is also very bright, AND he isn't hindered by the behavioral issues associated with Asperger's. I think he would have had an intrinsic need to stand up for his brother as he was being accused of murder because he is saddled with the empathy that so-called "normal" people are prone to, but that his brother was incapable of experiencing. But, then again, if that had happened, the book would have probably been a lot shorter! ( )
  merrittfamily1990 | May 1, 2018 |
3-1/2 stars. My only problem with this book was how very long it took to resolve & the obvious questions that weren't asked. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
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Jodi Picoultprimary authorall editionscalculated
Sandberg, AnnaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schumacher, RainerÜbersetzermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turetsky, MarkNarratorsecondary 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.
Only the liar knows that he's lying.
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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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