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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
Collections:Your library, On my shelves
Rating:****
Tags:read 2017, my book 2017, audiobook 2017, family dynamics, aspergers, mystery/suspense, Vermont

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House Rules: A Novel 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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HOUSE RULES BY JODI PICOULT: Believe me when I tell you I would have never chosen to read a book from this author but it was my "blind date" book from my local library so I picked it and I read it. I did not read all of it because the middle part of the "mystery" was the trial which drug on and on. Needless to say I was very surprised that what sections I did read I enjoyed. I enjoyed the characters they were well rounded and very believable, from Emma the mother to Oliver the attorney the author created a pretty well rounded story. If only the murder trial had not slugged its way thru most of the book it would have gotten higher ratings from me. ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Feb 8, 2017 |
I wanted to keep reading this book because I wanted to find out "who done it." The details were a little overdone for me, but it had authentic-feeling actions and descriptions of the lead character, an 18-year-old with autism. I believe that this one was a little stretched and could not really happen in real life, but the autistic behaviors were teaching moments for me and that part I loved. ( )
  bereanna | Oct 1, 2016 |
This book was one of those books that hits close to home. It was a very telling story about a brother who follows the House Rules and uses his aspergers disease to his advantage to protect his family from what he believes is a murder. The question is did he do it or did he do something else. This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs an easy read that hits straight to the heart. ( )
  Angel.Carter | Aug 11, 2016 |
I really enjoyed the audio version of this book. I listened to it while driving to our vacation spot earlier this summer. My husband was forced to hear parts of this book while I drove and he has never experienced an audio book before. We both work in education and enjoyed this book a lot! The writing and speaking voice of Jacob who has Asperger's was spot on and very believable. We even quote parts of this book to each other at times. Although I didn't care to much for the ending and there were no big surprise twists, it was still a great book and one of my favorite Picoult books. ( )
  schoolnurse | Aug 8, 2016 |
This story is told from five points of view and they are woven together to talk about the time Jacob Hunt is accused of murder. Jacob is eighteen years old and is most notable for having Asperger's. He is currently obsessed with forensics. He watches and takes notes on a television program called Crimebusters and treasures his police scanner. He sets up crime scenes for his mother to analyze. He has no friends but does have relationship with college graduate student Jess Ogilvy who has been hired to help teach Jacob how to get along in social situations.

Jacob's mother Emma also tells us about Jacob and her life in the sections that in her point of view. She clearly shows that having a son with Asperger's and advocating for him is more than a full time job. She loves her son but she also realizes how much caring for him has changed her life.

Jacob's younger brother Theo also shares his point of view. He shares his frustration with having Jacob as a brother. His needs always come second in their household and he resents that someday he will be the one who has to take care of his brother. He has developed a recent "hobby" of wandering into other people's homes and taking small souvenirs. I felt really sorry for him as I was reading because I could easily see how difficult his life with Jacob was.

The fourth point of view is from Detective Rich Matson who is called in when murder victim Jess Ogilvy is thought to be a missing person. He has interacted with Jacob when Jacob showed up at a crime scene of a man who died of hypothermia. He is the divorced father of a seven year old daughter. He doesn't know anything about Asperger's when the story begins and treats Jacob as he would any normal person.

The final viewpoint character in Oliver Bond. Oliver is a new lawyer who is hired by Emma when Jacob is arrested for the murder of Jess Ogilvy. Oliver has never handled a murder case but he is determined to do his best for Jacob.

Each viewpoint character has a very distinct voice. Together all the viewpoints tell the story but, even so, it wasn't until the very end of the book that the reader finds out what actually happened when Jess dies.

The story was compellingly readable. I couldn't put it down because I was so involved with Jacob and Emma. This was an entertaining mystery with a unique main character. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 21, 2016 |
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For Nancy Friend Stuart (1949-2008) and David Stuart
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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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