Jodi Picoult writes books relevant to current issues facing American society. For the most part, I really appreciate her work. She researches her subject well and allows the reader to be pulled into the story asking herself, "Wow, what would I do if that were my life?" I've read three of her books.
Today, I finished House Rules, and realized I'm tired of Ms Picoult's poor attempts to "wrap up" her story. This book, as well as Her Sister's Keeper, just left me in limbo.
I appreciate writers who allow the reader to make the final decision as to how the book will end, but let's get real here. Ms Picoult couldn't figure out how to finish the book, and cut the ending short. I'm left irritated. I want to know what happened not - some cheesy conclusion about rules between sibs and how they take care of each other. She set up the court scene and was just scooting along to a believable ending when she looked out the window, realized it was time to plant the garden and finished the ending in 15 minutes. She really needs to put as much energy into the plot and ending of the story as she does to her research.
I'm thinking I won't read anymore of her books. I've been disappointed a few too many times. I'd rate this about a 2.5 our of 5.
I like Jodi Picoult but this is my first audiobook with her. Perhaps I would have liked this book better in print. Nevertheless, I really had to push myself through it. I really just wanted to know how it ended. The story itself has little reward. Even the ending wasn't much of a shocker; I guessed it as a possibility early on. I just don't think this was one of her best.
This was an excellent read/listen, the story was spun slowly and deliverately. The insite you receive concerning Autism is incredible. The only draw backs were the gruesome details that pop up from time to time. If you're faint of heart when it comes to details, then this may not be the book for you. It was a learning experience.
I loved the characters in this book and the story was great. The ending on the other hand was completely stupid. You get all this buildup and then the story just ends and it leaves you wondering what the heck happens!
I have two children with Aspergers and two without. I loved how the relationship between the two brothers developed. I often try to guess "who dunnit' and did in this case but not for the same reasons that the ending gave. It was very moving.
I throroughly enjoyed this book - especially the narration. It was the first Jody Picoult book I'd read and it was just great. Highly recommend it.
Basically a good easy listening story...........I liked it.........but way Tooooooooooooo long..actually don;t know how to rate it...............just too long..........
This is a well-performed story with vividly drawn characters, and its portrait of a family misshapen by one member with Asperger's syndrome is detailed, interesting and largely credible. (Some of the narration in the voice of the person with Asperger's isn't believable, but dramatic license allows.) Alas, the novel turns on a crime, and as a mystery the book is amateurish and annoying. There's one witness who could clear up the mystery in a heartbeat, but the police nor the lawyer nor the family ever bother to ask the simple questions necessary to do so, instead believing presumptions that any sophisticated reader knows from the start to be false. There's even a dramatic interview toward the end where you expect someone finally to uncover the truth, but no. The characters continue to act like questions that have never been asked have in fact been answered, even though the reader knows better. The solution is, then, very unsatisfying. Family drama: B. Mystery novel: F.