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Change of Heart

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  84,454 Ratings  ·  5,668 Reviews

Shay Bourne becomes the first person in decades to be sentenced to death in New Hampshire, when he is found guilty of the cold-blooded killing of a policeman and his step-daughter. After eleven years on Death Row, the end is coming for Shay. Until he sees a news piece about a young girl who urgently needs a heart transplant. June’s husband and daughter died at Shay Bourne’

Kindle Edition, UK, 474 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Hodder (first published March 4th 2008)
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Mar 27, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I generally like Jodi Picoult. I think she's usually a thinking person's beach read. But this was CRAP. First, she owes Stephen King part of her royalties from this book, because the first quarter or so is a shameless ripoff of THE GREEN MILE (what, she couldn't have picked a more obscure text? Because, I mean, hardly ANYONE has read THE GREEN MILE, right?). Second, she also owes at least a small debt to John Grisham's THE CHAMBER, in that they are both incredibly heavy-handed indictments of ...more
Gabriela Silva
Mar 25, 2016 Gabriela Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“After all, how many of us had tried to forget something traumatic...only to find it printed on the back of our eyelids, tattooed on our tongues?”

The book is narrated from the perspective of four characters: June, Michael, Lucius and Maggie. For each character, the chapter is written with a different font.
The ending was not satisfying, I still have questions. However, was more interesting than I thought.
Kevin McAllister
This is the fourth Jodi Picoult novel I've read and they all follow pretty much the same formula : A vunerable child/teenager. Loving parents/parent. Concerned professionals i.e. cops, doctors, lawyer,and or teachers. And a kind stranger.
And while Jodi uses a basic formula, her novels are anything but simple or predictable. The other novels I've read have covered stem cell research, teenage date rape, and school shootings.
What makes me such a fan of Jodi's novels is that rather than use an om
Mar 31, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone. Especially Jodi Picoult fans!
This book was incredible. I knew before reading it that it dealt with religion (one of the many subject matters that Picoult handles with grace) but I had no idea how and to what surprising extent. It amazes me (as always) that Picoult can handle a myriad of topics and characters, that require such care and research, so deftly. You read it and believe it without it ever seeming forced. It made me question my beliefs about life itself. This book encompasses the following topics- the death penalty ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Britta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn't get past something like that, you got through it..."

"In the space between yes and no, there's a lifetime. It's the difference between the path you walk and one you leave behind; it's the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are;"

"When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the one person who doesn't."

"I imagine the touch of someone
Mar 14, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A total disappointment considering Picoult is a great writer and does not need to borrow ideas from other writers. This was too much like "The Green Mile".
Mar 30, 2008 Malissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking to say the least. What if God is incarnate in each of us? What if there is no God? What if there is only a hope that there is a God? What if there is no heaven or hell? What if this life on Earth is both heaven and hell? Why does religion serve to divide us rather than unite us? Why does life have to be such a conundrum? Or is it really simple? Do we make it more difficult than it is because we are blessed with freedom of choice? Is it a blessing or a curse? After I finished re ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than 48 hours. It was so good I could only put it down when it was time to go to bed. It is told from the viewpoints of 4 people: A Catholic priest, a mother who has lost her daughter and husband, a convicted murderer, and an ACLU lawyer. I usually don't like that style but it was really nice and this story kind of needed it.
A mother's 7 year old daughter and husband are killed and the man who was convicted of their murders is now on death row. He wants to donate his he
May 14, 2008 Doralyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's sad for me to have to give a Picoult book 1 star, but I was heartily disappointed with this read. The plot was so thin to accommodate the anti-Christian and anti-religion propaganda. Picoult has definitely shot arrows at religion in the past, but this book went beyond that. In the past, I was always able to say that it was fiction, not necessarily the author's viewpoint or something she was trying to make us believe in, but I don't know how you couldn't believe some of the notions in this b ...more
May 29, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
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May 04, 2008 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish this book! I gave it 150 pages to get me hooked, and it just didn't... It had way too much political crap in it - one of the main characters is a lawyer who works for the ACLU and is against the death penalty, so the author goes on about that... In addition, there was a lot of religion that I didn't necessarily agree with. All in all, I really just didn't like the book. I wanted to finish it because I feel like once I start something I should finish it. But I just couldn't ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Picoult is an interesting author. For some reason she writes books where I struggle with the characters, don't really like the book yet read the whole thing and then pick up another one of hers, hoping it will be better.

Right away I had problems with Change of Heart. Can a person who is currently serving time in prison even be an organ donor? Somehow, the environment they live in makes me think that they cannot due to being exposed to so many blood-borne diseases and questionable behaviors
Kwesi 章英狮
Apr 21, 2011 Kwesi 章英狮 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, jodi-picoult, 2011
Every Sunday we went to the church to attend a mass or sometimes we do contemplate ourselves to communicate with God through prayers. Even you are hiding in the dark or in deep spiritual unconsciousness; God will show you the way and give you strength to overcome darkness by his pure light. Nobody knows when or where we will be disappear in this world or how far can our faith help us to conquer evil, it is ourselves who can choose what path we will take it's either the path of evil or the goodne ...more
Aug 13, 2010 Debby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Well, I gave it a valiant try, go. If you like to follow stories about things like images of Jesus Christ showing up on grilled cheese sandwiches or someone claiming to have seen a statue of Mary cry real tears, or those healer/dealer people that desperate suffering people flock to with their hearts full of hope and anticipation, then you'll probably like Change of Heart. I'll just say I couldn't take the idea of the protagonist in this book for one more page.
I'm a Christian and I beli
Love Fool
Oct 07, 2015 Love Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

This book got me wanting to read the whole thing in a day. I didn't want to put it down. Plus, it had some twists that I didn't expect. I also had my heart strings pulled for the "bad guy". However, the ending was not satisfying and I still have questions regarding characters and events. It just needed one more chapter
Mar 14, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love this author. But not this book! It seems that Jodi is getting a little too political in recent novels and spending too much time focusing on her own religious and political questions instead of an actual story. Don't get me wrong... a little of that stuff is essential to make a book smart and worth reading but I found myself wishing to be to the end of a chapter and hoping for a better one in this book. The idea was great, but I could see where it was headed from the start and it s ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksread2008
I actually *read* this book, despite the fact that for some reason the above title is listed as an MP3 type thing.
I'm up and down with Jodi Picoult and this latest novel certainly reminded me why I sometimes can't stand her writing. It's very stereotypical (almost offensively so). Let's be serious Jodi, you are just not meant to write about life on 'death row' in prison in a serious manner. The characters were very one sided and if she was trying to make a point about religion, the death penalty
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
I struggled to enjoy this novel as much as I have with some other of Picoult's books. I wavered between throughly enjoying it to becoming frustrated and wanting to skim certain passages. Having recently awarded another Picoult book a five star rating, I felt a bit deflated by this; nonetheless I still (for the most part anyway) looked forward to reading on.

Shay is a convicted double murderer, and not just any murderer, but that of a respected police officer and his young step daughter. He has be
Hunter Molencamp
This book was a little on the disappointing side for me. I eagerly awaited it's released but I was very let down. I had a really hard time getting into this book which is very unusual for me when I read any book written by Jodi Picoult. I had a hard time connecting with it because I thought that it was just a little too far fethced. There was a lot of talk of Shane Bourne being the messiah and all sorts of stuff and I thouhgt it was a little too closely related to Keeping Faith (which she did ha ...more
Sezín Koehler
Jun 11, 2008 Sezín Koehler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sezín by: Marty
This was, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read and the first time I have seen someone take a Stephen King idea and make it so much better than the original. I honestly haven't cried so much over a book since reading Alice Hoffman's "Blue Diary" years and years ago. I was completely overcome.

The story is beautifully crafted, and Jodi Picault has an amazing way of weaving different lives together to describe the moments in which they intersect. It also got me thinking about forgive
Mar 30, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Welp,let me start by saying that I'm a huge Jodi Piccoult fan. She's an excellent writer and has captures the voice of her characters beautifully. Her device is to stir the pot, make you think, and examine difficult situations where you find yourself sympathizing with people you'd never believe was possible.

But it appears that Piccoult has gone the way of mega popular writers that bang out books once a year for the sake of, well, banging out books once a year. The formula she always uses (and t
Aug 20, 2012 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados, 2012
O primeiro livro que li de Jodi Picoult foi o Compaixão e foi... uma tremenda desilusão! Foi com muito, muito esforço que o consegui terminar e é dos livros que não faço tenções de reler. Após essa experiência, acabei por deixar a autora de parte. Isto, claro, até que uma das minhas primas me emprestou Em Troca de um Coração. Pu-lo na estante e decidi dar uma segunda oportunidade à autora, embora um tanto ou quanto reticente.

Após ler algumas páginas, dei por mim completamente enredada. Nem parec
Sarah Riachi
Jodi Picoult does a great job of providing interesting and contrasting characters in this book. The motives of each character are not made clear from the beginning of the book, making it extremely interesting to try to discover them as I read on. This is exhibited specifically in Shay Bourne, one of the main characters. Shay's behavior in prison greatly contrasts the behavior he displayed when he committed two murders, because in prison he seems like a man who genuinely cares about people and wa ...more
Marika Gillis
Mar 26, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"I believe a good person can do bad things, Father Michael had said. Like make the wrong decision for the right reasons. Sign your daughter's life away, because she can't have a murderer's heart."

Jodi Picoult's most recent novel, like many of her books, explores a profound ethical dilemma. After her husband and daughter are murdered by a man hired to do work in their home, June is left alone to care for her second child, Claire. Claire is in desperate need of a heart transplant due to an enlarg
Change of Heart is about Shay Bourne, a man who is on death row for murdering a young girl named Elizabeth Nealon and her stepfather Kurt Nealon. Kurt's husband and Elizabeth's mom June, has been left behind with eleven year old Claire now, who is in desperate need of a heart. Other characters in this novel are Michael, a priest who is becoming confused and questioning his own faith, and Maggie, a somewhat big-boned ACLU lawyer who is determined to take on her case, and her own family person lif ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This reminded me a lot of another Picoult book, "Keeping Faith," the ending of which disappointed me. So I was wary as I listened, wondering where the author would take this. I saw the plot twist coming long before it happened. Although the USA Today reviewer called it contrived, the twist did not bother me, probably because of the way it was handled. (It's hard to write about this without spoilers!) Meaning that I thought this end was more as it should have been than "Keeping Faith"'s ending ha ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Josie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
THAT'S IT. No more Picoult for me ever again. I don't know why I tortured myself by reading so many of her books when I didn't even like the first one I tried. She may be raved about, but I honestly can't see why.

I'm not going to write a full review on how awful this book was because so many other people have already done so. Suffice it to say I couldn't even finish this one, and had to skim-read to the end just to see if I'd predicted the ending and all the plot twists correctly. (I had.)

I will
Apr 05, 2016 Mack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Picoult book for some time and found this novel to represent a number of controversial and ethical issues. "It is really how your life turns out that makes you lean to one side or another.”

Another mesmerizing read from Mrs. Jodi Picoult, who is now taking her rightful place among my favourite contemporary lady authors, Sandra Brown and Jojo Moyes. Moving on to her next book. *fangirl mode activated*
O único livro que tinha lido de Jodi Picoult foi Dezanove Minutos, já em 2008. Lembro-me de ter ficado impressionada com a capacidade da autora em lidar com um tema polémico e de ter conseguido, de uma forma bastante convincente, transmitir a ideia do limite ténue entre o que está certo e o que está errado. Desde então ficou a vontade de ler mais coisas dela, mas já se sabe como é… os anos foram passando, outras coisas surgiram, e fui sempre adiando o regresso à autora. Até agora.

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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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