House Rules by Jodi Picoult is, in my opinion, one of the best fiction titles around whose main character lives on the Autism spectrum. Meet Jacob, a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s a forensic analysis junkie – over-focused on one area, like many other kids with AS. He has steered the local police in the right direction lots of times. But this time, when they question him about a grisly murder, they do not see that Jacob. Instead, they see the tics, the twitches, and Jacob’s complete inability to look them in they eye – behaviors he’s always had. And they wonder if Jacob could have committed murder.
Jacob’s story is told in Picoult’s trademark style, alternating between the voices of various characters. You’ll hear from his mother, Emma, his brother, Theo, and his lawyer, Oliver. Most notably, you’ll hear Jacob’s voice tell the story of what it means to be different in a society with a justice system ill-equipped to handle people who don’t communicate a certain way.
House Rules is a wonderful book.