Okay world, I am just gonna put this out there. I’m a nice person. Too nice. Here’s the proof.
I finished reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult several weeks ago, but I’ve been dragging my feet about posting the review because in all honesty, the book disappointed me. And I just hate to be negative.
I live by the motto If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.
But I am not one of those people who thinks mean things all the time but keeps them bottled up inside. I am genuinely a very nice person.
So I’ve been contemplating. Maybe I shouldn’t post my opinion of this book. But that’s not fair to readers who are looking for honest reviews. On the other hand, I do have some good things to say about House Rules. So here goes – my not-so-nice review.
House Rules started out great and kept my attention all the way through. The plot and the writing was so good, in fact, that I couldn’t wait to come home from work every day and read another chapter, which inevitably turned into two or three chapters.
The book is about Emma Hunt and her two sons. Theo, her youngest, is fifteen, and Jacob, her oldest, is eighteen. But mostly the book is about Jacob. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, and he’s been accused of murdering his social skills tutor, Jess Olgilvy. Excellent premise. If you know anything about disorders on the autism spectrum, then you know Emma has her hands full, and just received a boatload more with her son’s arrest. To top it off, Jacob’s obsession with forensic science does nothing but add to the detective’s suspicion of him.
You can understand why this book was hard to put down. The author has done a great job of letting the reader get to know Jacob and the rest of the Hunt family. She also is a master at making the reader wonder how deep Jacob’s involvement in the crime really is.
My problem with the book came at the end. It was less than satisfying for me. I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you that haven’t read it, and it is worth reading. I will only say that I closed the book wondering how some of the subplots turned out. Unanswered questions. Loose ends. Whatever you want to call it. There were some story threads woven through the main plot that did not receive proper endings in my opinion. And I hate to still be wondering what happens next when I finish reading a book.
So there you have it. My less-than-glowing review of House Rules by Jodi Picoult. It’s a good story, but it might leave you with questions. Still worth the read. If anything, you’ll gain a whole new perspective of autism disorders and be entertained along the way.
Click here to hop over to Amazon and order a copy. Or you can probably find this one at your local library. I actually found my copy in thrift store.
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