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 worldmurder....more
I was…more Because of the last case I thought that he got off because of new evidence that came to light. Isn't that so Law & Order or Crimebusters.
I was sad that they didn't go into detail in the court how they brought in the evidence, and what the judge would decide on Jacob. Or did Oliver move in with Emma? What about Henry? (less) (hide spoiler)]
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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 ...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, a ...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
Definition of Asperger's Syndrome according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders
Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder. It is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of neurological conditions characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavi ...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
Where was the rest?! I mean I get that we can conclude in general what happened but I wish there had been more to it. There were a few potential outcomes that would have been intriguing to read about. A world of opportunity is a way to put it. I had to flop the pages at the end thinking some were missing. Heck, I was close to shaking the book for more pages to appear. Not a very satisfying ending because it did not feel finished. The themes of Asperger's were covered in this book ...more
Why only three stars, then?
Well, for one, the pacing. It starts really well; for the first third of the book it jogs along at a brisk pace and I didn't get bored once. Then the middle s ...more
In fairness Picoult has clearly researched Asperger's syndrome and goes to great lengths to ensure the reader also understands the symptoms and nuances of this type of autism and the impact it would have on a family, the community and society at large. It is the rest of this story that fell flat for me. I found the plot to be unrealistic and largely predictable. I figured out wh ...more
Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right.
But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark ...more
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 first-pe ...more
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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 te ...more
His Mother Emma was raising her two boys by herself. Emma had rules for her boys. Jacob accepted them as gospel.
They were "1. Clean up your own messes.
2. Tell the truth.
3. Brush your teeth twice a day.
4.Don't be late for school.
5. Take care of your brother; he's the only one you've got."
Jacob was tutored by Jess, a lovely young girl. One day Jacob goes to her home for hi ...more
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