House Rules by Jodi Picoult, published March 2010, read April 2010.
I enjoy most books written by Jody Picoult, thought I’ve only this and the last six, I have not make it back to her earlier works. Maybe some day.
House Rules is the story of a young man, Jacob Hunt, who has Asperger’s syndrome, a disease on the autism spectrum typically marked by a very high IQ but recognized by a clear lack of social cues or interaction. Jacob has a loving mother, Emma, a younger brother Theo, and a passion for forensic analysis. His parents divorced when he was young, his father unable to accept his son and the attention he will always need, the wedge between his parents runs deep. The crux of the story is the death of a young woman who was Jacob’s tutor, she helped him to develop socially. We are taken deep into the Hunt family, learning what happens when one family members disease delegates all else that goes on, right down to the color of food everyone eats. We wonder if Jacob is capable of hurting someone, could his curiosity have lead him to do this awful thing?
Once again I love how I learn things when I read a Picoult novel. I had a very limited knowledge of AS before I read this book, and now I feel as though I know somewhat more, but I did find myself curious and researching more. I appreciate how the author does her research and helps to define this disease and it’s impact on the family. I love how she seems to reach in and show her readers exactly what being the younger sibling of this child must be like. This book was well written and moved fairly well. Some of the relationships and side stories were unnecessary and I thought she could have left them out.
Overall I rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars, because I liked it.