I started to read House Rules, by Jodi Picoult yesterday and I cannot put it down. This is the first book I’ve read of hers, and I am sure to read more.
This book is about a young man with Asperger Syndrome, considered a form of Autism. The author, Picoult, has done excellent research on the intricacies of the disease; it’s impacts on families, the community, and the patient. She worked extensively with a live subject who has Asperger which gives the book its realism. Picoult is very nuanced in the way she explains the characteristics of the syndrome and the many idiosyncrasies that distinguish the disorder.
Jacob, the young man with Asperger, is accused of First Degree Murder for the death of his beloved teacher. He’s a brilliant young man, but the Asperger disease is crippling in so many ways.
I love a good book, and this is a good one. It’s pulled me in and I have to get back to reading so I can finish tonight!
Tomorrow I think I’m going to start reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Or, Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account, by Micklos Nyiszli. I have about twenty lined up….
I gotta run back to my Nook….
Pleasant dreams all.
- Jodi Picoult Teams With Daughter Samantha Van Leer for Teen Novel (readersread.com)
- The Physical Importance of Early Diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (testf8.wordpress.com)
- Picoult books won’t stay on the shelves (kssreads.wordpress.com)