Sunday, April 25, 2010

Giveaway - House Rules by Jodi Picoult (CLOSED)

House Rules: A Novel
I just finished reading this book and I loved it so much,  I'm going to give it away! I was lucky enough to be chosen to host a House Rules Book Party through Partique so I have the copy I purchased and the copy they sent me to give away! That's right, two readers will each get a free copy of this wonderful book.

Here's a short blurb from Amazon about the book:

They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.
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.

It is a truly gripping story. I've never read one of Jodi's novels before, but I will read them now! You can buy the book from Amazon for $16.38 HERE or you can try to win it!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Entry Methods:
First, and mandatory, entry:  Go to Jodi's website and tell me something you learned about her or the book. (1 Entry)

Other entries (leave a separate comment for each):
1 entry - What non-negotiable rules do you live by? (1 entry)

1 entry -  Become a Facebook fan of Jodi Picoult. (1 entry)

1 entry - Become a public follower of my blog. The link is on the right hand side of the page. If you're already a follower, leave a comment letting me know.
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway, with a link back to the giveaway (leave a link in your comment so I can verify)
1 entry - Subscribe to my blog through one of the methods listed (link is just under the followers), let me know if you already subscribe.
2 entries - Become a Facebook fan of Faithful Finances (let me know if you're already a fan, you still get 2 entries!)
1 entry - Comment on a non-giveaway post (relevant comments only, please let me know where you commented) 

Giveaway Rules: Please be sure you read these before you start posting comments.
Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada only. Winner will be chosen, with the True Random Number Generator (Random.org) Wednesday, May 5  at 10 PM CST. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  All entries MUST have your email in them. To keep Spam Bots from snagging you, put your address like this: name(at)server(dot)com

While I was provided with one of my copies of the book through a party hosting site, Partique, the opinions stated are my own.  I have not received any compensation for this review, nor do I expect to in the future.

84 comments:

OutnumberedMama said...

I learned that it generally take's Jodi 9 months to write a book. I would love to win this novel.
BTW - you can list your book giveaways on my Book Giveaway Linky here: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2010/04/so-sorry-to-be-late-book-giveaway-linky.html

OutnumberedMama said...

I am a facebook fan - entry #1
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I am your facebooks fan - Entry #2 polsen11atcomcastdotnet

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I follow your blog - polsen11atcomcastdotnet

poetees said...

I learned that Jodi studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, which really interests me since I was an English major in college :)

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Team JC said...

I was just introduced to this author! I am reading Keeping Faith. I just learned that she has 17 novels. I will be very excited to read them all!
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Team JC said...

I am following you!
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Team JC said...

I am a facebook fan #1
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Team JC said...

Facebook fan! #2
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Mom vs. the boys said...

I learned that Jodi had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. I love Jodi!
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suzie said...

I learned that there is very involved research before writing a book
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suzie said...

follow you on GFC
Suzquiz
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suzie said...

I try very hard to live by the golden rule
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suzie said...

blog #1
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suzie said...

blog #2
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suzie said...

blog #3
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suzie said...

fan of Jodi's on Facebook
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suzie said...

fan of yours on Facebook
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Joy said...

I have learned she has written 17 bestselling novels.
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Joy said...

I follow your blog
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Joy said...

I became Jodi's fan on FB
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Marjorie said...

I learned that a lot of research goes into this type of book. My
grandson is Autistic so I am sure
the reading for her was endless.
I would love to win and read this
novel.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader.

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Wise Owl, Editor said...

I am a follower and what I love about Jodi is that she takes on controversial subject matter and makes every one care about the problems her characters have.

Eileen
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Kimmie said...

I learned that this book is about an autistic child. Autism is something that interests me. I have 2 small boys of my own (7months and 2yr old) I have just started book reviewing for fun. I have a big ole adirondack chair on my backporch where I love to sit and read by my boston ferns with coffee in hand. Please come see my personal blog- www.4lewises.blogspot.com
or review blog at www.backporchreads.blogspot.com

my email is kimlewisRN@gmail.com

I'd love to win one of your books that you are so graciously giving away.

Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your blog. The book is about a mother and her son who has Asperger's. My brother has severe autism, he is 55 so back when he was finally diagnosed,it was rare. The amazing thing is that he finally starting to communicate with people! Jodi Picoult has a MA from Harvard in education.
CarolNWong@aol.com

Amanda said...

Ha, I didnt know she wrote Plain Truth..I watched it on tv once day and I didnt even know it was a book!

Amanda said...

I am a JP FB fan.

Amanda said...

I follow you on FB, 2

Amanda said...

I follow you on FB, 1

Shawn said...

Posted your giveaway at literarylitter.blogspot.com

Good luck :)

vwestermeyer said...

She has seventeen novels .... I think I might have missed a couple so I'm going to figure out which ones now!!

Traci said...

I was surprised to learn that she *knew* how Sister's Keeper was going to end before she even started writing...but she says many of her other books take off in unintended directions and the characters come alive for her. I am a huge Picoult fan!

Traci said...

I commented on Mailbox Monday
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Traci said...

I subscribe to your blog via RSS

Traci said...

I follow via GFC
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Elise said...

Jodi Picoult's aunt adopted a child named David, who has autism, who is now an adult. I thought this was an interesting spark for her book House Rules. I too have an aunt with 2 autistic kids.

Elise
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Elise said...

A non-negotiable rule for me is
to try everything at least once.

Elise
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Elise said...

I am a subscriber to your blog.

Elise
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Elise said...

I am a public follower of your blog via google connect.

Elise
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Leandrea said...

I follow your blog! leandrea246(at)hotmail (dot) com

Leandrea said...

I LOVE Jodi Picoult and totally need to put her newest two books in my library cue. I would love to own this one instead. From her site I learned that she has podcasts. Sooo cool! leandrea246 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Darth Mama said...

I learned that she starts a new book the day after she finishes one. jfsarma at gmail dot com

Tori said...

Jodi studied at Princeton.
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Margie said...

From her website, I learned that Jodi Picoult would feel incapable of being without her children and her Blackberry.
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Margie said...

blog follower via GFC
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Margie said...

Non-negotiable rules...always respect each other and be loyal.
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Margie said...

"liked" Facebook for Faithful Finances
entry # 1
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Margie said...

"liked" Jodi Picoult Facebook
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Margie said...

"liked" Facebook for Faithful Finances
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Bookie said...

Facebook Fan of Jodi Picoult - Dawn W

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Bookie said...

I learned that her 2011 book is going to be about embryo donation, and gay rights in America.

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Bookie said...

Blog Follower on GFC

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Bookie said...

Facebook Fan of Faithful Finances - Dawn W

entry 2

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Bookie said...

Facebook Fan of Faithful Finances - Dawn W

entry 1

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Bookie said...

My rule to live by is putting family first.

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Sarah E said...

I learned that the author attended Princeton University.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

My non-negotiable rules:

No cheating or stealing.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I follow your blog.

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

Facebook fan of Jodi (Sarah Emmerson).

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

Facebook fan of Faithful Finances (Sarah Emmerson) #1

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

Facebook fan of Faithful Finances (Sarah Emmerson) #2

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Sarah E

Sarah E said...

I subscribe via e-mail.

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Sarah E

Dakota said...

A non negotiable rule I live by is I don't date smokers.
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Dakota said...

After looking at the website it says Jodi Picoult wrote 17 books.
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Shishito said...

I learned that three of her books - The Pact, Plain Truth, and The Tenth Circle, have been made into television movies.
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Diana said...

I live by the rule don't count your chickens before they hatch.
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Diana said...

Jodi Picoult wrote my sisters keeper which was made into a movie.
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Johnny said...

It takes Jodi Picoult 9 months to write a story.
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Johnny said...

I like to live by the rule, honesty is the best policy.
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Jennifer said...

Second Glance is Jodi Picoult's favorite book she's written.
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Jennifer said...

A rule I live by is to follow my gut in every uncertain situation.
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Amber said...

I learned that it takes her 9 months to write her books. That is awesome. Give me about 10 decades and I might be able to pump one out :P

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Amber said...

I'm a follower of your blog

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Amber said...

I can't say that we have any non-negotiable rules in our lives. We like everything to be flexible. I suppose we kind of just go with the flow. It's a lot less stressful when there are no concreted rules to go around.

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edmontonjb said...

I follow with GFC

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edmontonjb said...

I learned that she is planning a book for 2011 about embryo donation and gay rights.

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Shishito said...

A rule I live by is take the opportunity the first time it knocks.
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Jessica said...

Jodie picoult's 2011 novel will explore embryo donation, and gay rights in America according the the Q&A session on her website.
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Jessica said...

Hmm..a rule that I live by is to not be too trusting of someone I just met.
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Elise R. said...

According to her website, apparently Alice Hoffman is one of Jodi Picoults favorite authors.
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Elise R. said...

A non-negotiable rule for me is to be kind to others.
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Juliann said...

Haha...it says on her website that she and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with three Springer spaniels, two donkeys, two geese, eight ducks, five chickens, and the occasional Holstein. That's a lot of pets!
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Juliann said...

Now for a non-negotiable rule. I have so many but I'll go with the most obvious one - I don't drink and drive.
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