House Rules Like many of the author's other books, House Rules involves a child, a disease, and a legal issue that threatens the fabric of a family.… House Rules Like many of the author's other books, House Rules involves a child, a disease, and a legal issue that threatens the fabric of a family.… 2010-03-02 Fiction Atria
Book Review

House Rules (2010)

Jodi Picoult, House Rules | House Rules by Jodi Picoult
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2010; Writer: Jodi Picoult; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atria

Like many of the author's other books, House Rules involves a child, a disease, and a legal issue that threatens the fabric of a family. Emma, a single mother, copes just fine with her teenage sons — until the day Jacob is arrested for the murder of his tutor. Jacob has Asperger's, and the cops confuse his symptoms — such as avoiding eye contact — with guilt. Jodi Picoult loses points for ruining what could have been a riveting mystery by establishing Jacob's innocence at the outset. (The real story behind the tutor's death is obvious to the careful reader.) The author has delivered a sweet family drama that doubles as a handbook on Asperger's — not exactly a thrill, but hardly a bad thing. B

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Originally posted Feb 24, 2010 Published in issue #1092 Mar 05, 2010 Order article reprints
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