House Rules

House Rules

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Unable to express himself socially but possessing a savant-like knack for investigating crimes, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome is wrongly accused of killing his tutor when the police mistake his autistic tics for guilty behavior. By the author of My Sister's Keeper. 1.5 million first printing.

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Unable to express himself socially but possessing a savant-like knack for investigating crimes, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome is wrongly accused of killing his tutor when the police mistake his autistic tics for guilty behavior.

Simon and Schuster
The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder.

They tell me I’m lucky to have a son who’s so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the busted microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there’s a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn’t know how.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject—in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s—not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches—can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and fails those who don’t.

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


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Jun 27, 2017

Such a great book!

Apr 22, 2017

Dont waste your time. Not up to her usual books. Very disappointing.

Jan 11, 2017

Stop what you are doing and go and get this book NOW!!!!! Words cannot describe how much this story touched my heart. I could not imagine being the mom in this story and what to do in her situation. Jodi Picoult did such an amazing job with this well written book, it made me wonder what all she has gone through with dealing with people with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. This book would be an amazing book for anyone to read. It really brings awareness to the autistic community and also what it might feel like to be in a person's shoes with Asperger's.

Jan 08, 2017

4 stars, pretty decent read. The ending seems to just drop out of nowhere, like the author just got tired of writing or something. Some people say Autism characteristics were inconsistent but I didn't feel they were. I think the book did a good job explaining that Jacob (main character) preferred that only people close to him that he trusted to touch or hug him. People are inconsistent (sometimes I like to cuddle, sometimes I don't .. certainly not unexpectedly or with people I don't know well), I would imagine regardless of ability or disability people more or less have the same personal space requirements, just on different things or at different levels. To the people who were stating that there needed to be research done on Autism for this book. I think that if they themselves did some research on Autism, they would find that there really is no such thing as 'classic' Autism in any one person. Each person exhibits different levels of ability and challenges, uniquely. Somehow we often look at our differences with people with Autism or developmental disabilities but maybe we should look more at the similarities. I think we will all find that we have quite a few of the same diagnostic characteristics as they do. ;)

Jul 02, 2016

As with all of Jodi Picoult's books, we live the experiences of characters related to all aspects of the plot. With this one I really felt the mother's exhaustion and determination to nurture, protect and defend her child with special needs. I felt the frustrations of the son with Asperger's and his brother, too.
It was so frustrating to me to watch the people who WERE able to relate to other people's feelings NOT even try to understand things from Jacob's point of view. They were given information about how to phrase questions, interpret answers, and ways to relate to Jacob, but they completely ignored this information. Unfortunately, I have seen this happen all too often in the real world - and even worse - in our public school system.
People with Asperger's can be amazing people to know - if only we'll take the time to adjust our ways of communicating to fit theirs (since they are incapable of dong similar adjustments in order to understand us).
I recommend this book, but be prepared to be frustrated at people's uncaring actions.

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

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.

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Aug 19, 2015

asperger's youth on trial for murder

Sep 13, 2011

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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Sep 04, 2016

"Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already ARE one."

Oct 15, 2010

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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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Dec 16, 2011

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


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