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Another brilliantly written book by Jodi Picoult. I don't think she has written anything bad if I am honest. That being said, this was probably the saAnother brilliantly written book by Jodi Picoult. I don't think she has written anything bad if I am honest. That being said, this was probably the saddest and hardest Picoult book I have read so far. Reading about all of the bone breaks little Willow has has to endure, and the sadness and loneliness that Amelia (Willow's sister) feels when Willow is constantly in the forefront of her mothers mind. This was such a sad and real book.
Any Jodi Picoult book you read will always have the same type of format, I think it's fair to say. She is the queen of the Topical Novel! Each book is based on something that people may consider a controversial issue, or a moral dilemma and she presents both sides through the perspectives of the characters affected in the book. Inevitably, her books always end up in a court room, whether one party sues the other (as happens in Handle With Care) or someone is arrested for breaking the law, and we are presented with that case.
She has this amazing way of making you question what you thought you always believed in. Me for instance, with this book, initially thought Charlotte was completely in the wrong for suing her own best friend. I was gobsmacked. But as the book progressed, and I heard both sides, my opinion softened. I thought, well maybe I can see why she's done that. These revelations happen EVERY time I read another of her books.
The one major let down for me in this book, and the reason it's not rated 5 stars is the ending. Wow. It was SO disappointing. And I won't ruin the book for those who haven't read it. But I just was left asking.. Why would you do that? Why would you end it like that after everything that has just happened in this book? Argh! Again... disappointing. The rest of the book was amazing though. So I don't want people to feel dissuaded from reading it based on the ending ALONE. Give the book a chance, the rest is really very good.
Perfect Match was one of Picoult's earlier works. Like in many of her books, she writes from the perspectives of a number of the character and flips bPerfect Match was one of Picoult's earlier works. Like in many of her books, she writes from the perspectives of a number of the character and flips between these throughout the book. One thing I like about her newer books is that each chapter states which perspective it's written from, but this book didn't do that which was a bit hard to follow at times. One paragraph would be in the perspective of Nina's 5 year old son Nathaniel and then next thing you know it's back to Nina's perspective or her husband Caleb's without announcement. That was actually pretty much the ONLY thing I didn't like about the book.
The rest of it was pretty outstanding really. Like all of Jodi Picoult's books it starts off with a situation and ends up in a court room drama, however this one was probably more based in the court rooms than any of her other books that I have read. Probably because the main character Nina is a prosecutor herself, who ends up finding herself in court on a charge of murder.
I really enjoy that these books force you to think about issues in shades of grey instead of black and white which is how most of us tend to think about things we are passionate about. Picoult humanises these situations and makes you think "what if this was me?" which honestly, not many other authors have done to me before. Probably why I just can't get enough of her books!
Highly, strongly recommend this book as a read. That being said, I strongly recommend ANY of her books to read. But this one was definitely one of her good works.
Really, there was two sub plots happening throughout this book. You have Jamie MacDonald who has murdered his wife who was terminalWhat a page turner!
Really, there was two sub plots happening throughout this book. You have Jamie MacDonald who has murdered his wife who was terminally ill. This raises so many issues when it comes to euthanasia, and was Jamie simply being humane and helping to end his wife's pain? Or was he a cold blooded killer?
The other sub plot in this book was Cam cheating on his wife Allie with her own employee Mia. I felt probably closer to this plot in the book. I think if you've ever been cheated on or in some way emotionally betrayed you would have felt the anger I felt towards Cam and Mia. The fact that Jodi Picoult has developed these characters so perfectly to the point they evoke anger out of me means a job well done!
I can see why so many book clubs use Jodi Picoult books... there is always so many issues to discuss and consider after reading her books. This was such an emotional book for me, for a number of reasons. Such an amazing read.
This was my VERY first experience with any Jodi Picoult book. This is the book that sparked my love of all of her other books, and for that alone I amThis was my VERY first experience with any Jodi Picoult book. This is the book that sparked my love of all of her other books, and for that alone I am very thankful!
What can I say about this book? I absolutely loved Jacob's character. Loved him. I wanted to just reach out and hug him (even though he wouldn't let me!). My boyfriend's son also has Asperger's Syndrome - same as Jacob. Thankfully my boyfriend's son has it on a much milder scale than Jacob. But even so, there was a few things in this book that just felt right and clicked with me. She really has done so much research with her books. This was so accurate.
I thought it was just so cute the way he would watch his forensic crime shows on TV time and time again and have his notepad full of facts he has written about the show. I loved reading from his perspective. It felt so innocent, and at times so gorgeous. It did help give me a better understanding of how literal everything is with someone suffering from AS.
This book also was home to my favourite quote ever. It hit me when I read it, and I still love it now: "When you lose someone, it feels like the hole in your gum when a tooth falls out. You can chew, you can eat, you have plenty of other teeth, but your tongue keeps going back to that empty place, where all nerves are still a little raw."
Not for those who hate swearing or the "c" word. Personally it doesn't phase me, but it's not too common in books these days.
I didn't relate with theNot for those who hate swearing or the "c" word. Personally it doesn't phase me, but it's not too common in books these days.
I didn't relate with the characters too much. Even though the story is based in Melbourne, an hour from where I live, the characters were based on a niche minority and I didn't see where many of them were coming from.
But like all books I finished it. It wasn't terrible. It just wasn't great. ...more