Sunday, November 25, 2012

House Rules - Jodi Picoult

A teen with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murder when his inability to interpret social cues and communicate normally puts him under suspicion.  But this story is so much more.  The author authentically reveals the history, symptoms and reality of Asperger's.  She shows the dedication and singular focus of a mother trying to love and protect her son.  And she weaves in the experiences of all the family and friends that surround them.

I read this in a couple of late nights and thoroughly enjoyed every page.  The characters were fully developed and real, the plot plausible and I really could not predict how the ending would come out.  One of my reading groups had chosen it but I didn't get to participate in discussion of it.  It was a good balance of factual information and telling a story with characters you care about.  The disease is on the "high functioning" end of the autism scale and has been tied to childhood vaccinations.  It's heart wrenching to read the effect on the child and his parent, brother and every day relationships.  I am left with a greater compassion for families dealing with this illness.

Published: 2010  Read: November 2012  Genre: Fiction

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