20 April 2010

House Rules

by Jodi Picoult

Allen and Unwin. Adult Other. Paperback rrp $32.99

What happens when an 18-year-old boy thinks he has done the right thing not realising that he has been arrested for a murder as a result of his actions? Is he innocent? Did he know what he was doing was wrong?

Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. His mother Emma believes he isn’t autistic, just a bit quirky. She has single-handedly raised him and his brother while working from home to ensure Jacob’s life has the structure and order he needs to cope. Emma has strict rules for her family. These are the house rules and no-one would dare break them.

Theo’s life is anything but normal. He has no friends and he never gets away with anything, not like his brother Jacob. Why has life for Theo become harder as he grows older? Is it because of Jacob or his own guilt?

House Rules is the story of one family’s struggle to live a normal life. But what is normal for one is abnormal for another. This is an entertaining and thought provoking story.


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