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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules House Rules by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was okay; I liked it better than her previous book Handle with Care. I'm a bit disappointed that her novels seem to be becoming formulaic; a handful of them seem to share:

-main issue--something to do with a kid
-marital strife/divorce/affair
-parent falls in love with detective/lawyer/opposing party
-non-main issue kid has some sort of issue of his/her own that gets ignored
-turn of events at the end for a 'surprising' ending

Based on these observations, it might seem like I don't like her as an author, but that's not right; I do like her, but I think I may need to stick to her older books. Of hers, I have read:

-House Rules
-Handle with Care
-Change of Heart
-Nineteen Minutes
-The Tenth Circle
-My Sister's Keeper
-Keeping Faith
-The Pact

The first book of these that I read was My Sister's Keeper, which I picked up on a whim soon after it came out. My favorite one, however, was The Pact, followed by Change of Heart and The Tenth Circle (although that one had parts that irritated me).

I think it's kind of interesting how she takes a societal issue and makes a story around it; it gives a voice to the 'other side' I suppose.

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