In House Rules, we're given an incredible amount of insight into the mind of a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Jacob Hunt exhibits all of the signs of traditional Asperger's--lacking social interaction skills, lack of eye contact, and many others.
Like most individuals with Asperger's, Jacob has found one part of life that he enjoys, and he has started dedicating his time to that one area. Because of the police scanner he keeps in his bedroom, Jacob follows the police department's every move, frequently showing up at the scene of a crime, offering information and insight that have proven helpful for police officers in their investigations. Who knew that a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome would end up being so helpful in forensic analysis?
However, things change when a murder in their small town causes the police to come, seeking out Jacob with questions of their own. His family is devastated to think that this intelligent and insightful young man, someone they love dearly, is being accused of such a heinous act. His mother, Emma, feels enraged at the lack of understanding by the police officers. Her son appears guilty because of his inability to properly communicate the truth with those who are bearing down on him, asking questions. Will they discover the truth before it's too late?
Jodi Picoult is known for not being afraid to deal with the big issues in our culture, and House Rules demonstrates her understanding of a society that doesn't understand Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. In 2003, Jodi was awarded the New England Bestseller Award for fiction. Her stories touch the heart of the deepest human emotion, and House Rules is no different. It will delight you, enthrall you, and anger you from beginning to end.
One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction.
In House Rules, Picoult examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger’s traits—not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches—look more like guilt in the view of police.
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