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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
In House Rules, Jacob Hunt is an 18-year-old high school senior with Asperger's Syndrome. He lives with his mother and younger brother, and it's been a lonely life for him. He's a genius when it comes to forensics, often showing up at crime scenes, but his inability to read social cues makes him difficult to be with. His mother hires a tutor to teach him to read social cues and to reduce his obsession with forensics. When the tutor is found murdered, Jacob becomes the prime suspect, and his Asperger's behavior causes his reactions to mimic those of a guilty person. Was Jacob capable of murder, and, if not, who committed the crime? Jodi Picoult's novel has received mostly positive reviews with USA Today saying, "The most impressive and moving chapters are the ones narrated by Jacob. Picoult captures his intelligence and his obsessiveness but also his emotional flatness and self-absorption. Picoult doesn't whitewash the fact that Jacob experiences the world differently. Not an easy task - and one of the reasons House Rules ranks among her best."