I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult's writing since the summer of 2007, which was the first time I ever experienced her books. It was the summer I lived with my Summer Family, and one thing I had in common with the women of the house was our shared love of reading. They introduced me to this author, and I have read every single one of her books since then. Her most recent "House Rules" came out about a month ago, and I could not wait to get my hands on it.
This past weekend, I did.
House Rules is the tale of a woman and her two sons, one of whom is afflicted with Aspergers syndrome and the other who is "neurotypical". A brutal crime is committed in town, and everyone thinks he was the perpetrator. But was he?
(If you have read my other book reviews, you may be surprised that this is all I am giving you. This is the first fiction book I've reviewed, and I don't want to give anything away!)
I will admit that, at least initially, this book was a bit slower of a read then her other books have been (I particularly loved My Sister's Keeper and Mercy) but if you are a Jodi Picoult fan, do not let this deter you. While I was not disappointed in the story line, I will admit that it was a bit lengthier then I am used to for a fiction book (it's north of 500 pages!). The story line really makes you think about what it means to be normal, to be a family, and what loyalty really is.
If you're a Picoult fan, it is a must read.