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 h...more
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I applaud Jodi Picoult for using her best-selling author position to educate people about Asperger's syndrome. She did extensive research and tried to present as much information as she could within the confines of a novel. At times this effort to educate interrupts the flow of the narrative, but I think she was striving for completeness. House Rules is a sort of "Primer on Asperger's" for people who may not otherwise seek out information on the condition. Picoult gives J...more
*Sparks' books are still ones that I have no intention of ever reading. I watched 'A Walk to Remember' and 'The Notebook'. That's enough for one lifetime. There's like 50 movies based on his books now or something, an...more
Many people criticize this book as being highly predictable. I disagree, mainly because I don't view it as a murder mystery. The auth...more
The reason I didn't give it five stars was due to the du...more
I’ve greatly enjoyed reading HOUSE RULES, especially because of the characters; they were likeable and realistically portrayed, and genuinely (but charmingly) flawed. Taking into consideration the seriousness of the subject matter (autism), it was actually a welcome relief to find more self-deprecation and humor in the dialogues. In the past I’ve always...more
Eighteen old Jacob has Asperger's disorder. Emma Hunt is Jacob's doting mother. Theo is Jacob's resentful 15 year old brother, who is Emma's youngest son. They all live in a torrent of emotions day to day, try...more
I would chalk it up to a mindless, predictable read best left for the times a reader is stuck in an airport, except it is so incredibly long that the reader will have the "mystery" solved and be left to slog through 400 more pages. Much too long for a reluctant reader and too boring and predictable for an in...more
Picoult has once again gone for one of her favourite scenarios, and the repetition has numbed me to the stories.
1) Told from a multitude of perspectives. (Though I don't mind this technique, it does get repetitive).
2) One key character is a parent who one might think would 'know better' (e.g. lawyer, teacher, and in this case, advice columnist) but due to circumstances struggles to cope, thus showing that you can have a...more
I spent much of my time just wondering why the mother didn't just talk to Jacob: he's accused of murder...more
Another flaw I found in the book was the ending. It did not, in my estimation, end. If gives the reader no clear-cut e...more
But when Jacob's small town i...more
Como já seria de esperar, Jodi Picoult envolve o leitor com uma estória intensa e uma narrativa coerente e bem desenvolvida. Mais uma vez aborda uma temática controversa – neste caso o autismo – de uma forma incrível.
Um dos aspetos que contribuem para uma leitura dinâmica e fluida é a divisão em capítulos curtos, cada um com o ponto de vista de uma personagem, com um tipo de letra diferente, o que potencia a ideia que estamos perante difere...more
The story: "HOUSE RULES is abo...more
The title of the book refers to the short list of rules that is law in the Hunt household. A code of this sort is necessary to help Jacob interact with peers and public at school and in the community. Although such rules apply to each person, Jacob...more
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