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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is great at delving into controversial issues and really making you think about things. In "House Rules" she deals with Asperger's Syndrome which is a highly-functioning form of autism. It is a fairly new term and so may not be well known to most people. Autism has been on the rise and, quite controversially, has at times been blamed on immunizations. Although that subject is brought up in this book, it is only a minor part of the story, however an entire book could be written on that subject alone. The focus of this book is an 18-year-old young man who has been diagnosed with Asperger's. He struggles with many things in his daily life and the difficulties are quite well outlined in the book. His extreme interest in forensics gets him in trouble when he is accused of murder. He has to withstand the stress of a trial, which I found quite interesting in how they dealt with his disability given that he is prone to outbursts and tantrums when under stress. It was a very interesting story and I enjoyed it quite alot but the language...oh the language! Jodi does like using the f-word. There are some other less profane words that are used as well but there were just too many f-words for me. This is definitely not a clean book. None of hers are and as much as I like the way she writes, she has shown that she won't write a book without that word. I don't think I'll be reviewing her in the future. Rated R.

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