Name of book: House Rules
Reading Ability: Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Theme: Asperger’s Syndrome, Family
Summary: Picoult’s novel My Sister’s Keeper was one of my favourites and although some of her other books left me disappointed I was certainly ready to give this one a try. This is a book that I couldn’t put down. I loved the style of writing, each chapter was told from a different perspective allowing the author insight into many different characters. It made for an interesting insight into this family circle. Jacob Hunt, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, is obsessed with crime scenes becomes the center of a police investigation in his home town. The book deals with the family dynamics of living with a child with Asperger’s as well as dealing with a major crime investigation. It reveals how this syndrome affects not only the person with it but all those who are in someway tied to him or her. Theo, the younger brother, finds himself often pushed aside as his brother takes center stage. Emma, the mother, desperately tries to get help for her son from the time he is diagnosed. Jacob becomes her main job as she struggles to help him live his life to the fullest. Asperger’s is an interesting syndrome that is part of the Autistic spectrum. The character Jacob gives us an insightful look at what it might be like to live with this from an insider’s perspective. There are some great scenes including an interesting look at death from the two boys’ perspectives as they attend their grandfather’s funeral. I was quick to decide what had happened in the main plot of the book and although I sometimes doubted my decision was not disappointed in the end. A great read.
Who would love this book? Picoult fans, CSI fans, those interested in Asperger’s syndrome Related Links: Author Website jodipicoult.com
Book Group Discussion Questions: http://www.jodipicoult.com/house-rules.html#questions