I liked this book because Jodi Picoult didn't use it as a forum to judge mothers. She does this in many of her books. I liked the fact that the reader was able to see life in the point of view of the boy with Asbergers, his mom, brother, father, friends and acquaintances. I guessed the end quit easily, however, I was happy with in anyway. This book is a page turner.
As a huge Jodi Picoult fan and special education teacher, I was very excited to listen to this book by one of my favorite authors and about a subject I have experience with. However, I was a little disturbed by Picoult's portrayal of Asperger's, although I could tell that she was trying extremely hard to be sensitive. Also, the sibling issues were so similar to Handle with Care that I couldn't shake the likenesses. I was a bit disappointed and hope that Picoult's next book is a bit fresher.
I don't want to spoil this, but I was really disappointed when the problem was solved very much like in an earlier book of hers-- just as frustrating for what it said about family. Very unsatisfying, and it requires everyone to behave rather stupidly, like no one ever asking what someone else means.
But great emotion, as always with Picoult. The middle kind of dragged, but there were many really affecting moments. She does cops very well, I've noticed that before.
Great narrators too!
Jodi Picoult is becoming very predicable. I feel like this book is so much the same as my sisters keeper and handle with care. It's as if she's trying to hurry and push books for publication.
I was disappointed also with the ending or lack there of.
Overall, something interesting to listen to as you pass time, but nothing amazing.
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.