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House Rules
House Rules
Author: Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult wraps another stirring melodramatic plot around a misunderstood modern affliction in this tale of Jacob Hunt, an 18-year-old murder suspect who has Asperger's Syndrome. — Jacob's mother Emma and his little brother Theo have gradually become reluctant satellites of Jacob and his condition, forced to make unwanted adjustments t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743296441
ISBN-10: 0743296443
Publication Date: 11/16/2010
Pages: 544
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 274 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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christylou avatar reviewed House Rules on
Helpful Score: 8
As the mother of an adult child with Aspergers, this book was a little too close to home. Hard to read at times, but true to the issues involved with the syndrome. I, also, figured out the ending before it came; not usual for me with Piccoult books, but all in all, this was an excellent book. I am having my other three children read it-the first one who finished it said he identified strongly with the brother and could really relate. Piccoult certainly did her research-her main character had the myriad of characteristics found with Aspergers---in real life, it's just not usually all wrapped up in one person! I so enjoy how she tells the story from the characters' different perspectives and how the issues are not black and white, but very grey---so much like real life. A great book.
TarynC avatar reviewed House Rules on + 213 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Jodi has gotten her groove back. As a fan of the author I was very disappointed in her last 2 books. This one is well researched and original. In this book she describes in great detail what it is like to live with Asperger's syndrome from multiple perspectives. It was an effective technique to write each chapter in the "voice" of one of the main characters. Having had little previous knowledge about this disorder I now have a greater understanding. The characters are well developed and come to life. This is a must read!
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Helpful Score: 5
I loved this book. I seem to be loving Jodi Picoult novels. If you ever knew anyone with Asperger's Syndrome, or if you are just interested in it, this book surely will explain to you very well, how it feels to HAVE Asperger's Syndrome and how it is to have a family member with Asperger's. A good story on top of that. Very easy read, kind of hard to put it down.
reviewed House Rules on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was a great book and I very much enjoyed reading it from start to finish! I learned much about autism and the way the brain works and it had a great story--it will keep you reading from page to page to the very end!
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book, highly reccommend it. We all know about autisism but this book really shows you what it is like to live with a child who has it. I thouroughly enjoyed this book.
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Jodi Picoult never fails to capture your interest and imagination. Don't plan on putting this one down until you finish. Did Jacob Hunt brutally murder his social tutor or not? You won't know until the very last chapter. What a great read. And a very interesting look into the lives of a family dealing with a child who has Asperger's syndrome. This is the story of Emma Hunt, a single mother, raising two boys...the eldest of whom is afflicted with Asperger's and the youngest, who is "normal". The younger brother assumes the role of caretaker for Jacob and the stress of this responsibility leads to the crisis. "Always take care of your brother" is one of Emma's house rules and Jacob follows the rules implicitly...to a fault.
crytal avatar reviewed House Rules on + 155 more book reviews
Me, page 419. If you've read the book, you'll understand.

This has to be one of my favorite books now. Not only was it intriguing and kept me guessing, it was about Aspergers. Although I know have to add this book to a long list of books that makes be believe that I have some degree of Autism running through my veins.

Very well written story. I listened to the audiobook and found this to be a greatly casted one. Some times the casting can completely ruin a story, but not so in this case. A+ all around!

(This was my first of Picoult's books)
lilduck63 avatar reviewed House Rules on + 11 more book reviews
Always read Jodi's books quickly because I can't wait to find out what the twist is at the end. This book doesn't disappoint. Great story dealing with autisum and Asperger's syndrome. It was funny, yet it was an eye opener what these families have to go through. A great read.


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