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The acclaimed #1 "New York Times" bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she w
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Atria Books
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Erin
Mar 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Crumb
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jodi-picoult
Although this wasn't my favorite book by Jodi Picoult, I still thought it was very good. In this novel, Picoult utilizes a familiar technique; you can expect moral quandaries abound served up on a silver platter. The characterization was excellent and the characters relatable. I wasn't really a fan, however, of the over-arching themes of this particular book. This book capitalized on the controversial subject of capital punishment (see what I did there ?) and religion (two pretty heavy subjects, ...more
Kevin McAllister
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Gabriela Silva
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
“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.
Nicole
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Suzanne
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know how when you start a book the evening before and then go to bed later thinking, "I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and finish this book!"

That is how I felt about this book last night. I was so happy to get right back to it today. These characters! This story! Incredibly entertaining! There is the theme of the issues around capital punishment, along with themes of religion and spirituality, and overall the biggest in my opinion: redemption and acceptance. Just when you believe you can p
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Britta
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"...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
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Tracy
Mar 14, 2009 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".
Malissa
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Doralyn
Mar 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Leslie
Apr 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jennifer
May 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-books
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Jessica
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Becky
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Debby
Aug 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Well, I gave it a valiant try, but...no 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
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Love Fool
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Hunter Molencamp
Apr 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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
kwesi 章英狮
Nov 20, 2010 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
Sezín Koehler
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Elaine
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Boy, did this turn out to be a thought provoking page turner of a read! A medical dilemma/legal drama exploring the world of organ donation and capital punishment which really drew me in. It is told from multiple viewpoints, most notably those of the people around Shay Bourne, a prisoner on death row. We hear from Lucius his neighbour on the cell block, his Lawyer Maggie and his spiritual advisor Father Michael as a story of crime, faith and miracles unfolds. I have to say that it was not really ...more
Sarah
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Erin
Mar 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jennifer
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Josie
Sep 02, 2009 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
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Alison
Per usual with Picoult, there is no shortage of hot-button social issues in this book. This time, she covers capital punishment, organ donation and the validity of organized religion through a cast of diverse characters with wildly different points of view. The characters are well-defined and distinct. I never did develop a real strong affinity for any one character, and for that I give this one 3.5 stars.
Thomas
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
lacy
tw: racism, fat shaming, sexual assault

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love?


One of the best things about Jodi Picoult and why I fell in love with her books is because of her ability to write about topics that are morally grey. I live for the books that people shy away from. When The Da Vinci Code was released and it caused issues, I hopped aboard that hype train and haven't looked back. Jodi Picoult makes you think about your feeli
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Julie
Mar 18, 2008 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
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
Wendy
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
So I read My Sister's Keeper and thought it was one of the best book I had ever read, but this one fell flat. The agenda against religion in general was blatant and obnoxious, and the characters were incredibly unlikable.

I mean, come on; Picoult portrays almost every religious person in this book as some sort of ridiculous cartoon. And June? I can understand her first husband dying in a car-accident. I can almost understand the murder of her next husband and daughter after that. But Claire havi
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, 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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