Jodi Picoult's 17th novel, House Rules, hit bookstores this month and is the April/May pick for the SheKnows Book Club - our new online book club that's easy and flexible to fit into your busy schedules.
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House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis.
He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him.
All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's -- not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect -- can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don't.
What a great book for our SheKnows Book Club discussion! Enter to win one of 10 copies of Jodi Picoult's new book in our House Rules contest. And don't forget to join the SheKnows Book Club to discuss this and other great books.
And check out our current book club pick, Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell. The SheKnows Book Club will be discussing the book with our club members, bloggers and author Irene Zutell on Thursday, March 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. EST/3 to 7 pm PST on the SheKnows Book Club message board. Come by any time during those hours to join the discussion!
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