Apr 14, 2011

Jodi Picoult

Recently, I have read two very well-written novels by Jodi Picoult. She stands to be one of my favorite authors, ever. Her books are so gripping and interesting! I have read quite a few novels by her, and while I haven't loved every one of them, I certainly have looked forward to them without even reading the descriptions beforehand. Her latest may even be my favorite, most liked. Here are a few reviews on some of Picoult's novels, including her newest one.

Nineteen Minutes

Wow. Picoult really knows how to write a story with meat on its bones. This one grips the reader from the beginning, and it keeps you interested the whole time. The novel is about a high school shooting. It goes into quite a bit of detail, leaping forward and backward in time. From birth to the start of school, to 6th grade and into high school, Peter's life story is told, and it's shocking to hear some of the bullying this kid has to go through. Shocking is an understatement. Not that it is excusable, but one can see why a student might try to take it into his/her own hands to settle the score. Josie is an interesting character as well. She's very conflicted, but she's very brave by the end. Another great one from Jodi Picoult.

Sing You Home
This is the best novel I've read by Jodi Picoult in a long time, and it's the best book I've read in a while as well. The characters feel so real, and it invoked emotion like no other book has done. It touches on a brave topic, and that really impressed me. Being gay in this day and age isn't quite in style. Picoult really makes some great points and wrote from both sides extremely well. Readers can see the right and wrong and all the gray. Even I saw the ease in which someone can be convinced of the religious side, and I am always on the side of equality. Also, I love the first-person, present-tense writing style, and she used it for each character.

Handle With Care
Not one of her best. This one was more like My Sister's Keeper than I would have preferred. Picoult always writes very well, but this story was not one that captured my attention like some of her others. While I will always appreciate her novels, I've read better by her.

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