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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
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Jun 10, 2012

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Read in May, 2012

I give high marks to this book for its interesting, if unlikely, premise and for the well-wrought protagonist, Jacob Hunt, a teen with a high-functioning variation of Asperger's syndrome.

Jacob's fascination, and true expertise, is in the realm of forensics. He watches a daily crime show with obsessive regularity and has set up a crime lab in his bedroom. When the young woman who has tutored him in social skills is found dead, Jacob's strange demeanor and incriminating actions after her disappearance make him a prime suspect.

The weakness of the story was having it bog down about halfway through such that I had a hard time resisting the urge to skp ahead to the end. The strength of the story, for me, was coming away with a much better appreciation and sympathy for the difficult life of an Asperger's patient and his/her family.

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