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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
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Jul 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 28 to 31, 2011 — I own a copy

**Subtle spoilers in this review

House Rules may now be considered one of my favorites from Picoult. True to form, this book delves into a deeply controversial issue and dissects its various components by allowing the reader to live through the characters. Picoult's explanation of Asperger's syndrome is detailed not only through the insight of the boy who has it, but through the devoted mother who cares for him, the brother who sometimes wishes life could be easier, and the surrounding members of the community who tend to shun Jacob because of his diagnosis.

Picoult plays the emotional card well throughout this work, and at many times, I found myself unsure of who to vote for in the criminal court case. As always, this book will make you think about such a specific and controversial situation that it will leave you reeling.

The only thing I'm not entirely sure about is the ending. As a fan of Picoult's work, I have read a good number of her published novels previous to this one and have always found myself surprised by the sudden plot twist that she adds within the final pages. For House Rules, I guessed that plot twist during the middle of the book, when normally I am shocked and surprised by the last chapter at the new development I didn't see coming. Also, while the last two pages are very poignant and leave no certainties to the reader, it felt a bit inconclusive to me. There were facts missing that I would have liked to know as a reader.

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