Jodi Picoult's newest novel is about Jacob, a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome who is obsessed with forensic analysis and follows crime scenes on his police scanner. He is accused of a brutal murder, and his mother is forced to do anything that she can to make people understand Jacob and his autism.
As a mother of an autistic child, I usually avoid fiction that focuses on it. It's either too frustrating or too emotional for me. However, I am a Jodi Picoult fan so I went ahead. I think that she handled the topic of autism well. I related to the mother, and I think that her descriptions of autistic behavior were well done and not stereotyped. The storyline kept me reading even if it was somewhat predictable. What I do not understand is why she decided to end it the way that she did. I'm not going to give spoilers, but I will be surprised if I find any reviews that praise the conclusion of this one.