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Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
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Jul 29, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: borrowed

I did genuinely like this to start with: the Grishamesque court drama dispensed with briefly and at the beginning for a change, a handful of promising first-person narratives.

But then the miracles started. All the Jesus cliches she spared us in Keeping Faith - water into wine, feeding of the five thousand - they're all here, alongside a rehash of some she's already mauled (Lazarus, curing leprosy/AIDS).

And, mercy me, here's the courtroom drama #2. Its job? To summarise the preceding 300 pages just in case, like me, you lost interest somewhere along the way.

But at least Picoult was paying attention in creative writing class. One of the things I remember from school is that it's OK to plagiarise as long as you acknowledge the source. So she dutifully namechecks The Da Vinci Code and The Green Mile. Just as well, or else Brown and King would have sued her ass. Hey, Grisham could write the script!

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