Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday (1)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we "can't-wait-to-read". This is my very first Waiting On Wednesday! There are so many books I  can't wait to read, so it was hard to just pick one.

House Rules by Jodi Picoulut
Release date: March 2nd,2010

Summary: (taken from Amazon)

 The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder.


"They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how."

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's -- not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect -- can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way -- and fails those who don't.

I absolutely love love Jodi Picoult, so I was very excited to hear she's coming out with a new book! I've read almost all the book she's written and they almost never disappoint. House Rules looks very interesting, I can tell it's going to be intense. The thing I like most about her books is that I usually learn about something I don't know much about, while still enjoying the book!

What are you waiting for?

10 comments:

Jill said...

I'm waiting on this one, too! And, you're right, there are so many great upcoming books, that it's hard to just pick one each week! So glad you're participating!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but I do have a couple in my TBR pile. This one sounds like it'll be a good one.

Christina T said...

I am a fan of Jodi Picoult's writing as well. I like how she looks at the hard hitting topics. My favorite Jodi Picoult book is My Sister's Keeper. I was also very moved by Nineteen Minutes.

You have a really nice blog and I look forward to reading it.

dArLyN said...

well, i surely cant wait for this one too.. =p

Emidy said...

I haven't read any books by Jodi Picoult yet. This one seems really interesting, though. I'll have to read it!

Emidy
Une Parole

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Ooh, I'm a huge Jodi Picoult fan and I've also read most of what she's written. I also have an ARC of this and I cannot wait to read it - I'm planning to review it sometime in March! Hope we both enjoy it! :)

Dana said...

I read my sister's keeper and really liked it; this one sounds great! Definitely going on my TBR list!

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Lauren said...

Love Jodi Picoult books too even though they are super depressing. So I'm really looking forward to reading this! Great pick. :)

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