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Picoult, Jodi.
New York : Atria Books, 2010
ISBN 0743296435
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You know how people always look at people like they are strange?  Like they don't know why you act the way you do?  I have to say, I know that look really well- I have Asperger's, a form of autism.  Because of my outlook on life, I do best when everyone follows my schedule.  I do best when the people closest to me understand me, which is really difficult.  Even my mom and brother don't always understand me.

My name is Jacob, and I'm eighteen.  School isn't really great, and people aren't really great either, but I make do.  I'm even making an effort to "fit in" by spending time with Jess, my social skills tutor.  I'll let you in on a little secret, I think I love Jess.  If Jess would just realize what a jerk her boyfriend Mark is and realize we're perfect for each other, I think everything would be okay.

My passion in life is forensics.  I can create a crime scene, dust for fingerprints, and I know all 82 episodes of Crime busters by heart.  My mom even bought me the coolest present- a police radio.  How cool is that!  Now, if I could only convince Jess that I'm her true love.....

Jacob Hunt's perfectly scheduled life is about to take an ominous turn.  His  mother's efforts to give him the best of life will crumble around them.  When Jacob's social skills counselor turns up dead, Jacob becomes the prime suspect.  With Jacob's Asperger's, his actions and affectations are exactly like those of guilty people.  Not only does Emma have to face that her oldest son might go to jail for murder, she must face her blindness where her youngest son is concerned.  After all, why does Theo need to break into houses and steal?  The story is told from Jacob, Theo, Emma and Oliver's point of view.  So what happens when the house rules are broken.  (Book Talk Author: Tobye Ertelt, The Colorado Blue Spruce Award nominee 2012)

SUBJECTS:     Asperger's syndrome -- Fiction.
                        Autism --Fiction.
                        Youth -- Fiction.
                        Forensic sciences -- Fiction.
                        Homicide -- Fiction.
                        Criminal investigation -- Fiction.

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