House Rules Author : JODI PICOULT Library call no. : English PIC
Information about the author Jodi Picoult, 44, has written a total of eighteen novels and she is a New York Times Bestseller Author and she has won many English writing awards. She is married and she has three children and they live in Hanover, New Hampshire .
The story is inspired by David, a cousin of the writer. He was adopted from an orphanage home and was brought up by her Aunt Nancy. David was also born with Asperger’s. He will sometimes have a meltdown and Aunt Nancy has to cool him down slowly. Jodi Picoult decided that with the autism rate peaking now – one out of a hundred kids is diagnosed on the spectrum – it was time to write a book that explores this very theme.
A divorced woman. She gives most of her attention to Jacob rather than Theo.
She is working as a counselor in the morning newspaper where there is a column called “ Dear Aunt Em”. Where she has to reply people who have troubles not only through newspapers but through letters too.
She is very patient and is a good mother who still loves her son even though he has Asperger’s Syndrome .
He can solve mysteries very fast and he is also a good lawyer.
He has a daughter but is divorced from his wife.
Complications Emma and Theo has to fit themselves into Jacob’s world instead of forcing him into their world. When Jacob has a melt down, both Emma and Theo have to slowly cool Jacob down.
Climax When Oliver gets a call from some cops, he rushes down to the scene and asks what is going on and asks the cop what evidence they found. The cop finds DNA prints matching Jacob. Oliver and his cops go to Emma’s house and tells Emma that they need to arrest Jacob for murdering his tutor Jess who is dead. Emma could not believe that her own son Jacob killed Jess. Jacob starts to act weirdly as the cops try to catch him. He starts to have a meltdown again.
Why The World Should Read This Book? This is a very good book which can capture people’s attention very well and uses lots of descriptive words to express a person’s feelings, characters. Instead of telling, she shows. For example: he growls, and he lunges for his brother. This book also proves that a child with Asperger’s Syndrome isn’t a retarded kid but a smart kid like normal kids. They are just lacking in social communications skills with the outside world.
Why The World Should Read This Book? Some other authors’ comments of this book: “ can only be described as brilliant. Absolutely gripping, insightful and very sad.” –SHE Book of the month “ Jodi Picoult’s novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it’s her way with small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding.” – Marie Claire