House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Published: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Atria Books
5-star rating: ★★★★
Jacob Hunt is an 18-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He doesn’t understand social cues but understands forensic analysis. He often sets up crime scenes for his mom to solve and thanks to his police scanner, he’ll show up to active crime scenes to help the cops out. Then, his hometown is rocked by a terrible murder and the cops come to him. His behaviors are classic of people with Asperger’s, but to everybody else, they look like guilt. The big question now is, did Jacob commit murder?
I picked up this book because I work with children with Autism and was interested in how it would be portrayed. I could picture Jacob’s behavior because I have often witnessed those behaviors and know the struggles him and his family are going through.
The chapters alternate between Jacob, his mom (Emma), his brother (Theo), the detective (Rich), and his lawyer (Oliver). I really enjoyed all the different perspectives, it added many different levels to the story. The characters were well developed and actual people that you would want to hang out with.
Honestly, the ending was different than what I was expecting but in a good way. I definitely recommend this to people whether you have experience with autism or not. I think it brings incredible awareness, understanding, and offers an incredible perspective. Not only that but it was a great book that kept you turning the pages late into the night.
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