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House Rules

By Jodi Picoult

House Rules

Started reading:
2nd March 2010
Finished reading:
16th March 2010


Review & Quotes

Rating: Unrated

Jodi Picoult’s ‘recipe’ for writing books is to pick a current controversial topic and then looking at it from various angles. The topic for “House Rules” is Aspergers. The main character in the book is Jacob. A boy with aspergers and an obsessive interest in forensic science. Jacob is arrested for murder after he comes across a murder scene and then re-arranges it.

Since my son Jon also has aspergers though at a lesser degree than Jacob, it was a challenging book to read as it hit a little close to home in some of the asperger behaviours.

Asperger’s Joke:

From Jodi Picoult House Rules page 256

A guy is flying in a hot-air balloon and he’s lost. He lowers himself over a cornfield and calls out to a woman. “Can you tell me where I am and where I’m headed?”

“Sure,” this woman says, “You are at 41 degrees, 2 minutes, and 14 seconds north, 144 degrees, 4 minutes, 19 seconds east; you’re at an altitude of 762 meters above sea level, and right now you’re hovering, but you were on a vector of 234 degrees at 12 meters per second.”

“Amazing! Thanks! By the way, do you have Asperger’s syndrome?”

“I do!” the woman replies. “How did you know?”

“Because everything you said is true, it’s much more detail than I need, and you told me in a way that’s of no use to me at all.”

The woman frowns. “Huh. Are you a psychiatrist?”

“I am,” the man says. “But how the heck could you tell?”

“You don’t know where you are. You don’t know where you’re headed. You go where you are by blowing hot air. You put labels on people after asking a few questions , and you’re in exactly the same spot you were in five minutes ago, but now, somehow, it’s my fault!”