House Rules by Jodi Picoult Review 4/5

Overall Impression: Thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining.

Somehow over the years I have acquired quite a few House Rules by Jodi PicoultJodi Picoult books. I never actually buy them myself; it’s like there’s some some kind of weird magnetic force that wills them towards me free will be damned. This puzzles me somewhat because they’re not my normal type of books. Vampires? Nope. Dragons? Nuh-uh. Wizards? NO WIZARDS, SERIOUSLY.
But, the world is conspiring against me and obviously feels I need more Picoult in my life. Whenever I pick up this author’s books it’s always with an element of trepidation, because while they’re often full of complex moral dilemma’s and tragedy, they can sometimes also be slow going, repetitive and unsatisfying. I’m glad to say House Rules fit better into the former category, so maybe the universe is right after all! So, I bet you’d like some blurbity, blurb? Your wish is my command. 🙂

When Emma Hunt’s son is diagnosed with Asperger’s, she knows she will do anything to help him.
She expects other people not to understand.
She expects the stares and whispers.
She even expects trouble with the police.
But she doesn’t expect Jacob to be charged with murder.
And when all the hallmarks of your son’s condition – his tics, his inappropriate actions, his inability to look you in the eye – can be read as guilt; when you cannot put your hand on your heart and swear he is innocent…
How can you expect to help your child then?

One thing you can always expect from Jodi Picoult is a quality well researched story that pushes moral boundaries, and House Rules was no exception.  Continue reading

DAY 10: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended up Loving.

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Hmm, I find this an odd question. After all, I never pick up books that I think I am going to dislike. When I walk into my local Waterstones I don’t rush over to a non-fiction book on Maths and think ‘You know what? I feel like mushing my brain into a pulp by reading something I don’t like today! Yaaaaaaaaayy!’ (Yes you are detecting a hint of sarcasm.) I mean, where would the fun be in that?! I know several of my readers enjoy my occasional sarcastic ranty reviews, but I never set out intending to write them. I like to pick books that I will enjoy if I can. 🙂 However, after searching around the deep dark cobwebby areas of my brain I’ve finally come up with a book that somewhat fits this question. (excluding Stephen King’s On Writing, which I already blabbered about). Continue reading