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'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult - Book Club Discussion Questions

'House Rules' - Reading Group Guide


House Rules by Jodi Picoult

'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult

In House Rules by Jodi Picoult, a teenager with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murder. Use these book club discussion questions on House Rules to lead your reading group into the book.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions on House Rules by Jodi Picoult reveal important details about the book. Finish the novel before reading on.

  1. Did the title of the book, "House Rules," clue you in to the solution of the murder? Why were the house rules so important to Jacob?
  2. Did you guess what happened at Jess' house before the end of the book?
  3. Was it believable that Jacob would try to cover for Theo without understanding that he was implicating himself in the murder?
  4. What do you think happened to the characters after they went to tell the judge about Theo being at the house? Were you upset that there was not more of a conclusion to the story?
  5. Do you think an insanity defense if appropriate for someone with Asperger's? Why or why not?
  6. Do you know anyone with Asperger's syndrome? Did the descriptions of Jacob fit what you know of that person?
  7. Did you learn anything new about Asperger's syndrome?
  8. What did you think of Oliver's romance with Jacob's mother?
  9. Rate House Rules on a scale of 1 to 5.
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