I recently finished reading Jodi Picoult's House Rules. Half-way through the book I was raving about it - recommending it to lots of people, including at meetings with other Library staff. I found it hard to put down, and missed out on sleep because I was reading.
But my opinion of the book changed as I continued reading. Ultimately, I was disappointed. The writing was fine. A lot of the ideas for the novel were fine. The portrayal of a teen with high-functioning Asperger's seemed well done. But I was very unhappy with some of the choices the author made for the characters, and found a fair amount of it unconvincing.