House Rules is a drama in Jodi Picoult's sort of fashion. Instead of chapter by chapter, and with one narrator, she says the name of the narrator for the chapter, and switches to a special font, so that halfway through the book, you know who's font's who's enough. It transitions from a perplexed mother named Emma, to her two sons, Jacob Hunt, the 18 year old boy I mentioned before, and 15 year-old Theo. It also transitions to a policeman named Rich Matson to a beginner lawyer named Oliver, and with a policeman and a lawyer in the book, you may see where this is going.
Many autistic kids need, or in my case, are recommended to take medications and tutors. And some of us need it, I guess. I go to a summer camp only for autistic kids, and it rocks, even if there's a boy there who can't talk but can still text out words, and another who always says "Thank you" and then "You're welcome and thank you." at the end of every discussion, but Jacob is unbelievable. He's not a bully, but he's like Sheldon Cooper's younger brother; he watches Crimebusters every day, seeing it as a necessity, hates being touched unless knowing it's coming, and takes things super literally. If someone asksfor him to get lost, he'll explain how he'll know where he is if he tries. His family always has dinner at a certain time, and each thing has a special colour for every day of the week. His most annoying thing is he hates everything orange. He can't stand the colour. Nothing's wrong with orange; he just doesn't like it. So now, on to the plot. Most of it is everyday life, which is more interesting than how I described it, but then the big question is: Did Jacob commit murder?
Remember, he takes things literally, and so when someone is a bully and Jacob's asked to bully him back, he'll shove a teacher over if he's bullying him. His girlfriend/counselor is found dead with proof Jacob knew about it, but Jacob's autism doesn't give him the same emotions as usual. I was surprised that a book like this decided to do that, and if I had to pick a favourite character, it's Theo. He's technically the younger borther, but by maturity, Jacob just got born in comparison. He looks out for Jacob, even if it prevents him from having friends, and he's jealous of special treatment Emma doesn't give him. But near the end, things get very tedious, even if they're in court, because they're repeating so much stuff on this case, that we already know the mystery when it starts, and I wish there'd be more times where Jacob didn't get his way and cried. It's true, I may be sounding mean, but it's like heights: If Jacob wants to like orange and different hobbies, he has to give them a try, even if that means he's forced to. But House Rules was very fun to read even so, so thumbs up.