Book Review: House Rules

June 3, 2011

During a rain storm last weekend I wrapped up the last few pages of House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Like all of her books, I was instantly drawn into the story. This one is about 18-year-old Jacob, a young man with Asperger Syndrome and a uncanny knowledge and passion for forensic science. He has a knack for showing up at crime scenes and, oftentimes, solves the crime before the detectives. The tables turn though when Jacob is accused of murder in his hometown. His Asperger symptoms and interest in crime scenes become the main reasons for his conviction.

My thoughts? A good read. All of Picoult’s books are, though. You just have to be prepared for all the loose ends to be wrapped up without about the last 20 pages, leaving you very little time to process the final details. And, in classic Picoult form, there’s an unnecessary love story thrown into the mix. As I was discussing Picoult’s writing with my friend last night I think she put it best. “You can’t read a lot of her books in a row or they all start to seem the same.”

So now I’m onto the next book on my list, Bossypants by Tina Fey. It’s been making the rounds for months and I’m so excited to see what all the hype is about. Stay tuned for my two cents in the next couple weeks.

Source: Amazon

1 thought on “Book Review: House Rules

  1. Candice

    I enjoy reading Jodi Picoult’s books as well and have just finished ‘Sing You Home’ which, surprisingly enough, came with a soundtrack that Picoult encourages her readers to play before the start of each chapter to set the mood. I found it a nice change. Haven’t read House Rules yet but maybe I’ll pick it up the next time I’m at the bookstore. Thanks for the review!

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