House Rules

House Rules

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Jodi Picoult

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 42mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340979070
  • ISBN 13: 9780340979075
  • Sales rank: 5,089

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Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger's. He is locked in his own world - aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn't know how. When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviours of Jacob's syndrome - not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions - start looking a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?

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Author information

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include Keeping Faith, The Pact, and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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By Mireya 27 May 2011 5

Internal conflict of a mother fighting for her sons' lives and inculcating the correct values. The battle of right and wrong. The protective power of love. With this book Jodi shows the difficulty of making normal the most extraordinary lives.

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A national favourite ... touching and emotive. The multi-perspectives challenge established views and the family dynamic is insightful. It's hard to work out the ending until you're on the last page and by then it's near impossible to shake the characters from your head. Sunday Express The author ... is at her brilliant, gripping best ... It's impossible not to get immersed in this intricate and fascinating drama. Cosmopolitan Book of the Month Brilliant. Absolutely gripping, insightful and very sad. SHE Book of the Month Picoult's impressive ability to get inside her characters' heads is astounding. HOUSE RULES is utterly gripping Stylist An addictive whodunnit and a touching insight into living with Asperger's Woman A sensitive and hugely illuminating exploration of the condition (autism) and its impact on the families affected by it. As ever, the narrative unfolds at a cracking pace, with all the cliffhangers and twists and turns in the plot that Picoult's readers have come to expect. A great summer bonus for her vast legion of fans. Daily Mail 'A captivating read' **** Heat Here's Why Jodi Rules: Part family drama and part whodunit, HOUSE RULES gives a fascinating glimpse into the world of someone with Asperger's ... This moving novel does a great job of highlighting the difficult but sometimes rewarding job done by parents of autistic kids. It avoids being patronising and presents Jacob's condition as a gift, as well as a disability ... Well worth a read Sun Praise for Jodi Picoult : 'Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. Daily Mail Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished Observer Superb, many-stranded, and grimly topical The Times Picoult has an uncanny knack of dreaming up moral dilemmas that you cannot ignore: you must know the resolution ... A challenging and clever read Sunday Express