Okay, I must tell the truth about yesterday's post...(the one that said as writers we should all read more)...well...it was really just a post to give myself permission to read all day. hahaha
So, yup. I read all day Monday. It was glorious. Be jealous (and go pick up a good book for yourself)!
What did I read, you ask?
HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult.
This was the first book I've read by this author.
I glanced at some of the other reviews on Goodreads for this book, and line is pretty clearly drawn between people who loved the book and those who did not.
I have to admit, I agree in general terms with the dissenting opinions regarding the fact:
1. It was predictable.
2. It was frustrating when the characters wouldn't just TALK to each other to find out the actual details of the murder. They were all just too afraid to discuss it - - which relates directly to their inability to function daily as a family before the event.
3. It was a political statement against vaccines.
Additionally, I wasn't blown away by the voices of the characters. I don't think a teenage character "sounds" like a teenager just because the author gives him plenty of cuss words. AND, I thought the cover was VERY deceptive. I'm a big fan of covers, and this was not an accurate representation. The m.c. is 18-yrs-old, not a child like the one pictured on the cover.
With that in mind, I'm still giving it five stars. Why? I loved the book. And while I did NOT like everything or fully agree with the content surrounding Asperger's syndrome, I found this to be QUITE a COMPELLING read. I blew through it. This is the first time I've read a book by Jodi Picoult, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
I love a book that challenges the way I think about life, challenges the way I parent, and challenges the way I discuss topics with friends. I have a friend who is the mother of a child who deals with Asperger's syndrome, and it's not easy...but parenting as a rule (if you try to do it well) is not easy.
What's the best book you've read recently?