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
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.
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..........
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