I don't really read books unless I'm travelling abroad, so this post should really be called 'the last book I read' however I did love it and highly reccommend it. It's called "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult, I read it in about a week when I was travelling from Chicago to LA last August. It concerns a court case surrounding an autistic boy (the blurb is at the bottom). Jodi Picoult is a bestselling author and the way she tells this story it is so intense you feel you really know the characters by the end of it (each chapter tells the story from a different character's perspective). I loved it, especially as autism is a close subject to my heart as I have previously supported autistic adults and children in my last two jobs. The misconceptions surrounding autism are truly revealed and by the end of the book you will have a better understanding of it. Jodi Picoult also wrote 'My Sister's Keeper', for my holiday at the end of the month I plan to buy 3 books by her. I'm sure it won't take me long to finish!
Here is the blurb:
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.