House Rules

A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
House Rules
A teenager with Asperger's syndrome--smart, quirky, with a passion for crime scene analysis--winds up on trial for murder.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743296434
Branch Call Number: FICTION PICOULT 2010
Characteristics: viii, 532 p. ;,25 cm


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When Jacob Hunt is accused of murder, all of the hallmarks of his Asperger's syndrome begin to make him look guilty. Picoult takes her time developing her characters and offers deep insights into their thoughts, slowing down the story but painting a total picture of live with and around Asperger... Read More »

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Mar 12, 2015
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't know how realistic Asperger's is portrayed in this story, although I have worked on many occasions with children with autism, but I did enjoy the story and thought it was interesting. Good read!

Mar 02, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting book! It's like a clash of "Handle with Care" and a bit of the mother love from "My Sisters Keeper" with some Mystery too. It was a great book, I just felt the ending was kind of odd? However, I loved how the mother maintain such high patience and care for Jacob. It sweeten my day up. A must read for all Jodi Picoult fans!

Oct 21, 2014

Great book!

Aug 31, 2014

References: aspergers

Jul 14, 2013

You guys need more research on autism, not her. I'll tell you as an autistic person myself, sometimes I get sarcasm really well, sometimes I can tolerate or even crave hugging, but most days I don't get sarcasm or like hugging, and meltdowns from being touched is normal especially if the person is under a lot of stress or dealing with sensory overload. Some days all of these things are issues, some days they aren't. Just like people without autism, we have good days and bad days. I haven't read the book yet but will be soon, I just needed to let people out there know that those things are fluid. I'll comment again once read.

Jun 08, 2013

The book itself was good, but I agree Jacob's level of autism was inconsistent. I think a little more research on autism would have benefited the book greatly.

Jun 02, 2013
  • emmajtreat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I usually love Jodi Picoult books, but I sort of hate House Rules. Jacob's level of autism was really inconsistent: sometimes he understood sarcasm and liked hugs, sometimes he had meltdowns from being touched. It was horribly repetitive and predictable.

Sep 05, 2012
  • jdietz117 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! One of my favorite Jodi stories....I could not put it down.

Aug 29, 2012
  • TheMissFemale rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good read, but very predictable.

Apr 16, 2012

this is such a great book! It has a lot of complicated words but is really intense and interesting. I cant seem to put it down and is one of my favourite books i have ever read

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Dec 16, 2011
  • laurathelib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

laurathelib thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99


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Sep 13, 2011
  • mary138 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Young man with Asperger's syndrome whose school tutor is murdered. The young boy can't communicate properly so he gets charged with murder. He's very interested in forensic science and is sometimes smarter and quicker at solving crimes than the cops.


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Oct 15, 2010
  • library_babe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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“I don’t believe in self-pity. I think it’s for people who have too much time on their hands. Instead of dreaming of a miracle, you learn to make your own. But the universe has a way of punishing you for your deepest, darkest secrets; and as much as I love my son—as much as Jacob has been the star around which I’ve orbited—I’ve had my share of moments when I silently imagined the person I was supposed to be, the one who got lost, somehow, in the daily business of raising an autistic child.”


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