House Rules | Jodi Picoult


This is the second book I read by Jodi Picoult, and like the first, I felt the plot missed but her spotlight on an issue was dead-on. In this one, she focuses on Aspergers, and her writing from the three main perspectives – Jacob (Aspergers), Emma (mother), and Theo (brother) – do a great job showing what the world is like for someone with Aspergers as well as how it impacts the family. I read a work last year, “The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night” by Mark Haddon (not positive on title or author) whose protagonist also had AS, but I think Picoult’s work gets at it much better. Both being a longer book, which gave her the capacity to showcase more of Jacob, and also allowed her to give a first-person perspective from the family.

A very interesting work and one I’d highly recommend checking out for those interested in an insider-style treatment of AS.

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