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
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.
I usually like what Picoult has written, but this was toooo long and toooo predictable. I really didn't care about the characters. I felt like wasted an Audible credit and a lot of listening hours.
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