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
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
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
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 ran into a friend at the library and she recommended that I try Jodi Picoult. Sadly, I have to say this first Picoult will be my last. It is sad because she writes very well and I could not put the book down. She employs the first-person, present-tense, multiple-POV style with great skill, and the dynamics of this troubled family are for the most part believable, sometimes funny, often touching.
So why did I not r...more
I used to enjoy Picoult's novels; I admit it! I thought the early books were well written with engaging stories and well developed characters. That is definitely not the case with her last few books. I think this will be the last one of hers I read for a long time (she's cranking them out at the rate of one/year. That in itself is very telling!)
In House Rules, Picoult takes every tic, symptom, quirk, obsession and social awkwardness of Autism and rolls them into one character. But, since many people with Autism have a hard time communicating, despite the traits she gave her main character, she had to give him Asperger's, which is a high-functioning form of Autism, so that she could set him up as a fir...more
SOLVED: 5 minutes - ME!!!
It was good, up until the part where Jacob confessed and the two lawyers delivered their closing arguments. I just flipped through the pages and looked for something to capture my interest again, and ended up reading the part where it was Theo's birthday and they found out the truth.
I feel like I wa...more
The book has multiple narrators: Jacob; Emma, Jacob's mother; Theo, Jacob's brother; Rich, the detective; and Oliver, Jacob's lawyer. This narrative technique allows for full development of the characters. This creation of round characters is the novel's strong suit; unfortunately, it is the book's only strength.
Jacob has every possible Asperger's characteristic to an...more
Look, I know going into a Jodi Picoult novel that I'm in for some serious emotional manipulation. I know I'm not going to get an ending that satisfies. It's something I accept when I crack the cover. But I also know that it will be riddled with emotionally intense characters who...more
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Her upcoming novel, LEAVING TIME, will be released on October 14, 2014.