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  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743296443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743296441
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,914,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including MY SISTER'S KEEPER, HOUSE RULES and THE STORYTELLER, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, BETWEEN THE LINES and OFF THE PAGE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Find out more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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A national favourite . . . touching and emotive. (Sunday Express)

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)

Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished. (Observer)

HOUSE RULES is utterly gripping. (Stylist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new bestseller from number one author Jodi Picoult - just because your son can't look you in the eye . . . does that make him guilty? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a son with Aspergers and read this with very mixed feelings. Whilst it was a good read, and as i persevered with it I began to warm to Jacob, nevertheless, in the early chapters I was unhappy about the author's representation of the condition. Whilst she has many of the traits correct and has done considerable research, it is always very difficult not to go overboard and stereotype people with Aspergers, and in places he fell into this trap. The story in the early chapters was at serious risk of doing a 'rain-man' in that people who know little about the condition (most of the population) will forever more expect people with Aspergers to behave like Jacob just as many expect Autistic people to all be robotic savants like rainman. There are as many personality types within the autistic/aspergers community as outside. My son has many friends who are also on the autistic spectrum and they are all very individual. some 'stim' some have poor eye contact, some have monotone voices, some have obsessions like dinosaurs or sci-fi or know all there is to know about lizards, most are socially 'clumsy' at best and hopelessly inept at worst etc etc but I don't know anyone who has ALL of those, and even such 'weird' traits can be more like interesting quirks than severe disabilities. Yes, some are very much more hampered when trying to mix with neurotypicals and the world around them than others but it is important to portray a balance. I also felt that the family's isolation was just a little over done. There is a LOT of support out there and most families with autistic members that I know have found themselves embraced by a circle of friends with similar problems to share their lives with.Read more ›
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99 of 107 people found the following review helpful By SusieH on 25 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
House Rules

Emma is a single mother, with two boys, Jacob and Theo.

Jacob has Asperger's, so is definitely not your typical 18 year old. His social skills are minimal, and he gets distressed by changes to routine, physical contact, and the colour orange. He is totally obsessed with all things forensic, even having a make shift fuming chamber in his bedroom so he can check for fingerprints. His obsession extends to disappearing in the middle of the night so he can attend real life crime scenes, and give advice to the experts at the scene.

There are some amusing misunderstandings, as Jacob takes everything very literally, and also some very poignant scenes when Jacob freaks out uncontrollably and Emma has to resort to unusual tactics to get him back to his more normal behaviour.

Emma is stretched to her limits, both emotionally and financially, trying to make sure that Jacob lives as normal a life as possible. Her world is effectively ruled by what state Jacob is in at the time; she does not have the resources to take time for herself, nor for Theo.

Theo feels that his life has been messed up by his older brother, who gets all Emma's attention, and he is becoming jealous and rebellious.

Jacob's passion for crime scenes eventually gets him into trouble - it would spoil the story to say more.

Fascinating, a must read!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 May 2011
Format: Paperback
I found this to be one of the most irritating books I have ever read. To put my review in context before I start, I am a single mum with 2 sons, a 16year old with Asperger's and a 9 year old, so I should be able to say I could relate to this story...I don't.

I am concerned that other reviewers are saying that they knew nothing about Asperger's until they read this book but this is a work of fiction! The author has done some research, listed all the traits of an Asperger's and stuck them in at appropriate places and vastly exaggerated.

One of the most annoying parts was when Jacob had a "meltdown" in the supermarket because one of the employees was off sick. He was lying on the floor and his mum was lying beside him holding him and singing to calm him down! Now that could happen and my son had many meltdowns in public places, at ages 6/7/8 and he would be told that it was not acceptable behaviour and eventually it would stop. Asperger's kids are very bright and can learn appropriate behaviour and it is a mother's job to teach them. Emma was not teaching him, she was encouraging him and aiding this behaviour which for an 18 year old was a disgrace.

Another issue I have is that every day Jacob only allowed a particular colour, in their food and their clothes. Absolutely absurd demands and Emma was participating in this nonsense and only cooking food of appropriate colour. One of the days was blue days, another was white and she only cooked food and wore clothes which were that colour, even for the neglected son who did not have Asperger's. Like any child when they make unreasonable demands the mother has to say no, that is not acceptable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trackerlou on 27 Jan. 2011
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House Rules is excellently written and well researched. The characters are believable and likeable and the story moves at a good pace. Unlike other Picoult novels which tend to feature pages and pages of unrelated and unnecessary information, House Rules sticks to the plot and as a result, is more of a page-turner than some of her other books. As other reviewers have said, the ending is extremely predictable and I guessed it very early on in the book but rather than spoiling the story for me, it only made me excited in finishing it to see if I was right (kind of ironic given the story content!). My only other issue is a bit of inconsistency regarding Jacob. One minute he takes everything literally, the next minute he's speaking as non-literal as everyone else. One minute he can only eat brown food on Thursdays, the next minute he's eating pizza at a local diner! If you can get past these little niggles however, House Rules is a brilliant book which will keep you entertained from start to finish.
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