Book: House Rules

Author: Jodi Picoult

Published in the year: 2010

About the book:

House Rules is a story of a boy, Jacob, with Asperger's syndrome who is accused of murder. The novel shows the struggle between the boy and his family, the law, and his disability. Jacob is obsessed with forensic analysis to the point of compulsion. He even sets crime scenes to be solved by his mother, Emma Hunt. Jacob is later accused of murdering his tutor Jess Ogilvy. When all his hallmarks- his tics, his inappropriate actions, his inability to look in the eye, can be read as guilt, Emma does everything to help him. Eventually it is revealed that Theo, the younger brother of Jacob, snuck into a house Jess was housesitting at and startled her, causing her to accidentally hit her head on the sink and die. When Jacob showed up for tutoring, he staged a crime scene to make it look like Jess's boyfriend, Mark Maguire, had committed the murder and then Mark had tried to make it look like a kidnapping. Jacob states that he did this to take care of his brother, in accordance with a "house rule" set down by Emma.

My Review of the book:

This is one of the best books by Jodi Picoult. Her amazing words and incredibly expressed thoughts make this book a must read. The author's impressive ability to get inside every characters' heads is astounding. The author is at her brilliant, gripping best. One can easily get drowned in the book. I would rate this book 5/5. 

About the Author:

Jodi Lynn Picoult ( born May 19, 1966) is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books translated into 34 languages in print worldwide. She studied creative writing at Princeton University with Mary Morris, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college.She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Picoult became the writer of DC Comics' Wonder Woman (vol. 3) series following the departure of Allan Heinberg. Her first issue (#6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue #10 released on June 27, 2007.

Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her book Change of Heart was published on March 4, 2008, and became Picoult's second novel to debut at No. 1 on the NYT Best Seller list. Handle with Care in 2009 and House Rules in 2010 were also No. 1 on the NYT Best Seller List.

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