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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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Your first Jodi Picoult read will probably be your favorite. By the time this one was published, I'd read five others, so her formula tasted stale. The characters are rehashed. The romance is flat. The ending is unsatisfying even when you see it coming for miles. And when the detective character never bothers to ask the suspect, "Did you kill her?" (because if he'd asked, the suspect would have told the truth and truncated the suspense) ... Just, no. Doesn't work.

I love SALEM FALLS. I love PLAIN TRUTH. I like VANISHING ACTS. But this one joins MY SISTER'S KEEPER in causing me no small amount of frustration. I felt strung along and manipulated. Never a good thing in the writer/reader relationship. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
The more I think about this book the less I like it. It's at a 3 minus, probably should be a 2.

The author's technique - spend an endless amount of time on items that she feels secure about. Fast gloss when the author didn't figure out anything reasonable.

And I just did not like the characters. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
Honestly, I don't know how I missed this one on my shelf- I usually read all of Picoult's books.

It was an okay book. It was an easy read, like most of her books are - all 532 pages.

The book was about a boy who has Asperger's syndrome and his family. The boy is on trial for murder because he is accused of killing his social skills teacher. The reader is not left in the dark, so I don't have any trouble telling you that he didn't. The story is about how it is to deal with a child with Aspergers (he is 18 at the time of the story) and what it is like to understand all of his quirks to figure out what he did.

The boy is a forensic sciences nut, and this is how he gets linked to the murder. He tried to fool the police into thinking there had been a robbery - he wanted to try and stump them. But what it did is get him accused.

The real problem is how severe his Aspergers seems to be. I know several children on the autism spectrum, and he seems to have the symptoms of everything possible, yet they call him "high functioning autistic". The character Picoult has in the book is not high functioning by any means.

And what was worse - there was no ending to this book at all. Which, I should know by now because she always has trouble ending her books.

I am not sure I recommend this book. If you know anyone with Aspergers or Autism (which I am guessing most people do) - you will probably dislike this book. And if you can get around Picoult's subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) hints that Autism and Aspergers are caused by vaccines, you might also enjoy it. But if not - steer clear.

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  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
This was good, it didn't grab me the way some of her other novels have though. I honestly thought that the boyfriend did it for a while, and then I really thought the main character did it, but it turns out he just set up the scene and tried to cover up for his brother. Possibly something empathetic (in a way) that people with Asperger's aren't capable of.
The father showing up toward the end of the novel only served to be strange, I don't really see what the point was. Until that point he'd been off living his own life with his other family, and introducing him that close to the end was just awkward, in my opinion.
I was a little disappointed at the end because we didn't get to see what happens to the characters after the new evidence is found, and I'm one of those people who really likes to know after story facts especially in situations like these. ( )
  Melissalovesreading | Sep 30, 2018 |
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 |
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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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