When your son can't look you in the eye . . . does that mean he's guilty? Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject-forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob's 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 why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
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1 . The ending ruined the whole book
Posted March 29, 2011 by Gail , CanadaI was enjoying the read until I got to the ending.
Talk about an author being in a rush, everything just ended in the last few pages.
Very disappointed no more from this author for me !
2 . Excellent
Posted March 13, 2011 by Alaska Reader , AlaskaI normally like Picoult books, as she is a writer who makes certain she knows her "stuff" before she writes. Being an educator and working with children with Aspargers, it was wonderful to see a true and real portrayal of life for the person and the family. It also somewhat truly portrayed the public's reactions.
The story itself was a tad predictable, but the author did an amazing job in tying it all together. She is able to put thoughts and feelings into words so we all are thinking and feeling the characters.
This is one of her best, I think and true life. I would recommend it to all.
3 . left wanting more!
Posted January 30, 2011 by Jessica , Bronx nyThe book starts great.......you don' t want to put it down....but i was a bit disappointing in the end....It didn't explained waht happened next....you had to make your conclusions when it came to the ending.....You fall In love with Jacob from the begging of the book....you can feel his mothers anguish despair....and the unconditional love she has for her son....you can feel Theo's feelings of being left out and wanting to have a normal family like the ones he see's.....you can't but love this family and feel their pain.
4 . Must Read
Posted January 29, 2011 by Elizabeth MB , LAL CanadaDefinitely a "I couldn't put it down" book. If you weren't a Picoult fan, this book will make you one.
5 . OK..
Posted July 30, 2010 by ross , ****I like the book. Not my favorite by Picoult but it was enjoyable. A little predictable.
6 . Another great book
Posted June 14, 2010 by Avid Reader , Oak ParkAnother great book. If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult's you will not be disappointed.
I especially liked the triva.
7 . Not her best but very informative
Posted May 02, 2010 by Constant Reader , BrightonOverall, enjoyable, but WAY overboard on the asperger/autism... It may have been brought up every other page. As a parent of an asperger's child, she was right on about the disorder. Tons of research went into this book. As a autistic spectrum disorder, every child exhibits different issues, but sooo many commonalities. Greatly enjoyed hearing it from another view when she spoke as other characters such as the brother. Kind of saw the end coming about half way through, so not the major twist so distinctive in her books. As a book about asperger's, great , as a work of bestselling fiction, not so much.
March 31, 2010
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