One of the things Jacob appreciated about Jess was that she realized that loose hair bothered him so wore her hair in a ponytail.2. House Rules is written from the perspective of several different characters, each taking turns to narrate a chapter. Does this technique work for you?
I like not only getting the different perspectives, but that the book clearly indicates who the narrator is.3. Theo breaks into houses and Jacob saves the Christmas cards. Both boys are trying to have the same thing -- what they consider to be a real home. What makes their home not a “real” home to them? What do they want?
It is as if AS is the focal point of their lives rather than their relationships with each other. However, I am impressed with how well Emma has done for her family. The boys realize the stress that AS has put in their lives and would like the focus to be on each of them instead (every child wants to be their mother's favorite child).4. On page 146, Jacob says being on the other side of dead isn’t that different from having Asperger’s. What do you think he means by that?
The inability/difficulty to communicate with the living is possibly the comparison between the dead and persons with AS.5. The evidence points to Mark as a suspect. He claims he’s innocent. What does Emma see on the news that changes everything? How would you react? Would you call the police?
Seeing Jacob's quilt at the crime scene makes Emma aware of his probably involvement. I'd have talked to Jacob before calling the police. I'd then try to call a lawyer.6. Mark Maguire thinks Asperger's Syndrome is a "Get Out of Jail Free card" (page 285). Oliver requests accommodations for Jacob in court. Do they seem fair? The first five minutes of the trial show the constant vigilance needed to keep Jacob from having a meltdown and how much Emma does know about her son. Let's talk about the kind of provisions made for Jacob at home, at school, in the wider community, and in court. Do you think they are excessive, inadequate, appropriate, fair or unfair?
I think the allowances being made for Jacob seem appropriate even though the ones in court still need to come around. Although society cannot afford to accomodate everyone's special needs, I do think that when possible accomodations should be made and at least an understanding should be attempted on the differences that others confront in life.7. What do Skittles have to do with the story?
Ditto to Lynne's answer. Glad to have you join us, Lynne!