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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
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Aug 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, goodread, realistic-fiction
Read from August 01 to 10, 2011

First I must say that this is not Picoults' newest book. I had told myself that I was through with her books because they were pretty much the same... Each character has a voice. Courtroom drama, etc. This book fell into my hands when I was exploring our city Book Exchange Store. Nephew Gregg was in from Chicago to enjoy The Michigan Shakesphere Festival with us. Being a high-school English Teacher, and an avid reader, it's just a place that we visit when he is here. When I told him of my reluctance to delve into another book by Piccoult, his response was, "There is nothing wrong with reading familiar stories". I am so glad he nudged me to read "House Rules". I thought it was right up there with "My Sister's Keeper", which is my all-time favorite of Picoults' books.

This is the story of Jacob who has Asperger's syndrome. He has a younger brother, Theo, who is "normal". His dad left and moved across the country when Jacob was diagnosed, and Theo was a baby. though he supports the boys finacially, he has never been in their lives. Jacob has a social tutor who is murdered/or not, but Jacob is charged with her death. Picoult challanges the reader to learn about Asperger's, and make a decision as to Jacob's guilt/innocence. I loved it! Pure Piccoult...

Many people got hung up on some of the things that Picoult wrote about which challange us as a society. Such as, vaccinations may/may not be cause for Asperger's. That is what a great writer does to her audience. Novels are ment to do that. Remember, in the 20' & 30's there were people who questioned whether smoking could/does cause cancer (in some people). We now know that to be a fact.


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