'Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.' - Stephen King..'Picoult has become a master - almost a clairvoyant - at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them ...It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.' - Washington Post..Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy ...
'Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.' - Stephen King..'Picoult has become a master - almost a clairvoyant - at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them ...It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.' - Washington Post..Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger's, Jacob has an obsessive 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. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder...House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, and at the extremes of love and loyalty a family must call upon to help each other overcome impossible circumstances...Jodi Picoult is the author of more than twenty bestselling and widely acclaimed novels. Read more about her on her website ...
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Jodi Picoult is an incredible writer; all of her books are inspiring and easily relatable. All of Jodi Picoult?s novels combine controversial issues and some sort of family drama. Controversial issues and family drama sum of the novel House Rules. The characters are both believable and can be related to if one has a family member with Asperger's syndrome.
The beginning of the book reminds people that it can be an everyday struggle when you have a disability standing in your way. Life is not always a ?piece of cake? and can be a rough journey, and that happens to Jacob, the main character in the book. His family (Emma and Theo) tries to cope with his disability but it isn?t always easy. Asperger?s syndrome causes Jacob to be a social outcast and causes him to have uncontrollable outbursts. The whole way, I felt sympathy for Jacob until he commits a brutal act. This act causes stress to the whole family and puts a twist on the novel. But you have to read it to find out exactly what happens next.
Jun 3, 2011
The nail on the head!
If anyone wonders what it is like to be a victim of Aspergers Syndrome or to be a relative of an "Aspie" this book will give you a very accurate picture.
Beautifully written by Ms. Picoult who must have direct experience to have captured the challenging lives of her characters so truthfully. Plus the story is engrossing right to the last words.
Mar 3, 2011
Very good story--gives a great deal of insight what an aspergers young man and his family go through on a daily basis. A real eye opener on this field of autism.
Jun 24, 2010
Truth and Honesty
Jody Picoult has combined medical information with true life in a laymans term. The story of a mothers son with Aspergers is heartfelt and honest. You will relate with this story if you have any type of health problem, special need or you are just growing older because sometimes we all feel singled out and attacked for no reason.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-05-03 Having clear house rules has proven to be the most effective way for single mother Emma Hunt to raise her two sons: brilliant 18-year-old Jacob, who has Asperger's syndrome, and 15-year-old Theo. Jacob's obsession with criminal forensics has brought him to the notice of local law enforcement, and when a murder is committed, Jacob becomes a suspect. Gripping suspense, sensitive treatment of Asperger's, and brilliant characterizations make for an outstanding listen. Playing Jacob and Theo respectively, Mark Turetsky and Andy Paris sound youthful but never childish or mannered. Rich Orlow as the police detective, and Christopher Evan Welch playing the defense attorney are mature and assured. And Nicole Poole as the mother delivers a star performance; her Emma comes alive, and while never imitating the other narrators, her representations of the other characters in dialogue are so true the reader could forget it wasn't the designated cast member in the role. An Atria hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 21). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2009-12-21 Perennial bestseller Picoult (Handle with Care) has a rough time in this Picoult-esque blend of medical and courtroom drama that lacks her usual storytelling finesse. Eighteen-year old Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome, and his devoted single mother, Emma, has built their family's life around Jacob's needs, sacrificing her career to act as his caregiver and all but ignoring a younger son, Theo. But when Jacob is accused of murder, that carefully crafted life comes apart, and all of the hallmarks of Jacob's diagnosis begin to make him look guilty. Emma hires a young attorney whose attachment to Jacob brings him close to the family as he struggles to mount a defense for Jacob, whose inability to read social cues makes him less than an ideal client. While Picoult's research is impeccable and she deals intelligently with charged questions about autism and Asperger's, the whodunit is stretched sitcom-thin and handled poorly, with characters withholding information from the reader throughout. Picoult's writing, line by line, is as smooth as ever, and she does a great job of getting into Jacob's head, but the wobbly plotting is a massive detriment. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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