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House Rules Paperback – 5 October 2010
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Overall, I did enjoy the book however I agree with others who have said that the ending was predictable (the first time I have found this to be the case in one of Jodi’s books), and I was also disappointed that there was nothing explaining what the families lives looked like after the events, as is normally the case in books by Jodi.
As usual JP has researched the issues at hand carefully, it's a solid story but I spent way too much time going up and down in font size to enjoy the read.
The repetition becomes more than tedious. The subject matter is novel and very important, especially in these times when the issues of mental health are becoming increasingly and popularly debated.
It is a formidable task to relate the inner workings of an Asperger's mind, which she accomplishes very well. But,unfortunately ad nauseam, to the point of skimming through the last few chapters, to a slightly disappointing denouement.
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My other major issue is the antivax theme running through. Vaccines don’t cause autism, and I found the references the mother made to her son getting autism from the vaccines infuriating. It’s not a good message to be sending out, no matter how small the references are.
I read very few novels that feature autism due to living with the condition in all its intensity daily!
However I thought i'd try this, the quirks of the son are written so very well and so many matched my son. I actually sing bob marley to my son on the journey to school (who can be angry while listening to bob right?). so I felt that the autistic character was very believable.
the stresses of the mother even echoed my own life and I could definitely relate.
the novel was intense with the who don't it? did he do it? layered into the developing plot.
the only thing I could say I found difficult was the mothers doubt? her insecurity of if he did it? I felt this could have been written incorporating how the mother is usually the only defender of the child in a world that does not want to or try to understand him.
other readers may have felt that they did get this sense and I could be biased due to experiencing this myself! but its just one of my thoughts.
the novel ticks all the boxes for a fantastic read! I have read others by the author and feels that she is great at writing emotive issues!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but unfortunately my fiance and daughter were completely ignored, Housekeeping, cooking was also left undone as I literally couldn't put this book down!
I am so delighted that I have rediscovered Jodi Picoult, who is an amazing and compelling author....