House Rules by Jodi Picoult
(Atria Books, 2010, 532 pages)
Jacob is an eighteen-year-old high school senior with Asperger’s syndrome which makes him think and act differently than most people around him. He is painfully honest, watches Crimebusters every day at 4:30, and only eats a certain color of food depending on what day it is. He doesn’t have a lot of friends because he has a hard time connecting with people. His closest friendship is with his social tutor, Jess, but when Jess is found dead, the evidence starts to point towards Jacob. Now Jacob’s younger brother Theo, mother, and lawyer are trying to fight for Jacob’s innocence without knowing the whole truth.
I’m always impressed with Picoult’s writing. Even though I know there is going to be an eventual trial and some kind of twist at the end, her books are always good. She always tackles a new subject and, in my opinion, really does her research. With Jacob’s Asperger’s, she sticks true to his quirks and portrays Jacob’s everyday life including how it affects the people around him in a realistic way. My only complaint is that I wish I knew more about what happened to them in the end but overall it was a good read.