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House Rules | [Jodi Picoult]

House Rules

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.
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Publisher's Summary

They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.

Jacob Hunt is 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 his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's - not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect - can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, 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 - and fails those who don't.

©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Hollis Amelia Island, FL, United States 08-18-11
    Hollis Amelia Island, FL, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty Good"

    A bit TOO much info on autism, made book longer than it should have been for the story, but still was a good read. Characters are well developed, fairly believable. Not my favorite Jodi Picoult, but I did like the book. Firsts half of book dragged, but second half was much better.

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    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 08-04-11
    Shirley Oakland, TN, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "what a most ineresting"

    story. I actually learned alot from a nursing standpoint. The struggle of one parent to raise her son and protect him from really stupid people. I love the weighted blankets. this was new to me but it works.
    You will not be sorry and you will enjoy this listen.

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    pam ALBIA, IA, United States 08-03-11
    pam ALBIA, IA, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW! Great mystery!"

    Great book. Loved the medical information about
    Asperger's. Good life lesson, also. Makes you sympathetic to a mother of an Autistic child. A lot of work and dedication to her son. Loved it!

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    Robin Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia 08-02-11
    Robin Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia 08-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "She always delivers"

    As usual with Jodi Picoult this book is well researched, brilliantly written and gripping in the issues it explores as it progresses through its story. I love listening to her thoroughly explore a contemporary theme. This book, like her others, gripped me so thoroughly that I found myself tining in to listen at every available opportunity.

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    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 07-15-11
    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 07-15-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, entertaining and intriguing"

    This is really an excellent listen - a really interesting story giving you insight into a family during a difficult time. It's not a negative book though, but rather quite hopeful. Loved the narration and how it is written from each character's perspective. Those of you who have experienced growing up with a sibling who gets a lot of attention (due to illness or disability for example) might appreciate the sibling perspective in this book, I certainly did.

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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 10-06-10
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Predictable"

    But you know that if you've read any of her books since My Sister's Keeper. But, I kinda like her formulaic writing - it's a no-brainer listen on the Metro, walking the dog, folding laundry...

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    Dennis Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-05-10
    Dennis Fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "House Rules"

    Takes a while to get moving.

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    Linda Kittanning, PA, United States 04-13-10
    Linda Kittanning, PA, United States 04-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Picoult homerun"

    Jodi Picoult has an exquisite mastery of words and presentation; an uncanny ability to paint a strong story portrait for the mind's eye. She does it again in "Home Rules"; ~ where the ending is an expected twist ~ but a remarkably satisfying one. Easy to listen to ~ hard to put down.

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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 03-14-10
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 03-14-10 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Predictable"

    I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult but this book left a lot to be desired. Her usual twist at the end was cut off, I felt the book ended without wraping up the story lines. Usually she does a great job and I look forward to the ending to see what twist she throws at us but I felt this was missing in this book.

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    Claudia Chicago, IL, USA 03-11-10
    Claudia Chicago, IL, USA 03-11-10
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    "Great Book!"

    What a great book by Jodi Picoult. like many other I figured out the ending soon. The ending was not the best. I was waiting for more. Another fascinated story about something so real.

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