The Hunt household has five house rules:
1. Clean up your own messes.
2. Tell the truth.
3. Brush your teeth twice a day.
4. Don't be late for school.
5. Take care of your brother; he's the only one you've got.
But what happens when you try to follow four of the house rules and in the process begin to violate the other? This is Jacob's dilemma in House Rules, by Jodi Picoult.
It is this literalness that gets Jacob into deeper trouble when he is arrested for murder. People misinterpret Jacob and his reponses to their questions. Even his mother doubts his innocence. Is Jacob guilty of murder, or is it all just a misunderstanding?
House Rules taught me a lot of things. I learned that terrapins and box turtles are not the same thing. I learned the origin of the word stir-crazy. I learned that dogs sweat through the pads of their feet. But most importantly I learned a lot about what it is like to be someone who has Asperger's and someone who lives with a relative who has Asperger's. And what I learned has made me more understanding and sensitive to those people. For that, I am thankful to Mrs. Picoult. This was an enlightening as well as entertaining read.