I liked the book, it was an interesting source of information about Asperger's, however, it did repeat itself in explaining the autistic behaviors which did get tiresome. Also, it took so long to set up I kind of lost interest halfway through. Then when we get to the trial it took forever for anything to happen, to get to a clue to what might be happening, again, they lost me. Worth listening to if you are interested in learning about autistic behaviors although keep in mind each child is different. My grandson is autistic and does not engage in many of the behaviors outlined in the book.
The history begins well and slowly looses momentum. The author missed something in the middle of the history
I read this book immediately after reading "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" by Mark Haddon for our book club. It also centers on a boy with Autism/Aspergers. I enjoyed this book and thought it gave a more interesting look into the mind of someone with Aspergers. The ending however was disappointing and felt unfinished.
Jodi Picoult addresses current matters in a way that's engaging and enlightening. House Rules has kept me entertained for hours but it has also opened my eyes to what someone else's life might be like. I find myself sitting in the driveway 'cause I don't want the story to stop.
I can't really decide whether I like this book for not.
The good: The author did a very good job of framing the characters... and you can almost get inside the minds of the characters. I especially like the mother when she start to talk about life with her Asperger son. You can just feel the mixture of joy, the frustration and the pressure in her.
The bad: While I like the characters, they left me with a sense of not being fully developed. It is like getting a glimpse of movie teaser trailers... You see something that you think is interesting; but just as you want more, the trailer is over.
So in the end, the book have some moments of brilliance. But it can't sustain it. And the ending feels like the author ran out of time (or ink) ... and it left me with a sense of not fully satisfied.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book, and I think my last. It started off with great potential and I truly enjoyed the characters ( though the depiction of high-functioning autism was dubious, to say the least), but the plot was just so shallow and obvious, I kept waiting for an interesting twist that never came. The ending was abrupt, obvious and unsatisfying - I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but the ending couldn't have been the end of the story for the characters, legally or personally, and it just ticked me off.
I'd demand those hours of my life back, but I listened while cleaning the garage, so it wasn't a total loss.
I am historically a Picoult fan, but this was not worth the time it took to listen to it. The narrators were fine; the story lacked...something. Wish I had spent my time focusing on The Help, or Secret Life of Bees, or something by Charlain Harris!