" Solid writing, fairly good grasp of Asperger's issues, but in my opinion the author dropped the proverbial ball when it came to Jacob's mother. The whole trauma of the story could have been avoided with one simple question from her: "Jacob, did you...?" and as the mom of an Aspie, she would have known to do that (yes, I'm speaking from experience). I'll definitely try another of Picoult's books, but this one fell short of the mark for me.(less) "