Jacob Hunt is trapped. Not physically, not emotionally--mentally. As an 18-year-old with Aspbergerâ€™s Syndrome, his life is dictated by the rules he has learned over the years. One of the â€śhouse rulesâ€ť is â€śalways tell the truth,â€ť so as a result, he is incapable of telling a lie without it being completely obvious. He seeks social acceptance but lacks the skills to connect with his peers. He is obsessed with forensics and criminal investigations and doesnâ€™t know when to stop talking about them. He must adhere to a certain schedule or he suffers a meltdown, so you can imagine the chaos that ensues after he is sent to jail for murder. The book then follows Jacobâ€™s journey through the criminal justice system, providing a realistic idea of how it treats people with disabilities. It features the point of view of Jacob as the voice of a misunderstood minority and also presents the perspectives of his brother Theo (who is merely misunderstood and a Peeping Tom to boot), their single mother Emma, Jacobâ€™s ambitious but rather unqualified lawyer Oliver, and police detective antagonist Rich Matson. I was not surprised to find that House Rules contains yet another array of Jodi Picoultâ€™s carefully crafted characters. If you are looking for an engaging, thought-provoking read, youâ€™ll surely find it here.