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Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
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it was ok

I was very disappointed with Lone Wolf. Of the 5 or so characters we met, I felt only emotionally invested in two of them (Luke and Joe) and only minimally at best. In past novels by Jodi she has done such a good job at making you feel something for the characters that you are emotionally invested in their futures and the outcomes of their situations. This was not at all true with Lone Wolf. I felt very little for Edward, nothing for Cara, and Georgie was just kind of "there".

I enjoyed reading about the wolves. It was by far the best part of the book. It made me identify with Luke and I learned some new things I didn't know. I had empathy for Joe who was put in the middle of a terrible situation.


So the big "gotcha" moment is that you find out that Luke cheated on Georgie and terminated a pregnancy of one of his girlfriends. Here's the thing though - I don't buy it. It is against everything we leared about Luke. It felt very out of place for his character, so Jodi either did a terrible job showing us who Luke really was, or she just stuck it in there for the shock value. And what an AWFUL excuse for Edward to take off to Thailand.

I hate downing Jodi because she did have me once. I was hooked at one point, and would have considered her my favorite author. I just don't feel that anymore. I keep waiting to be captivated like I was with My Sister's Keeper, the Pact, Plain Truth, or Salem Falls. It just hasn't happened in a very long time now. I don't know if the books are coming out too fast or what it is, but it is definitely affecting the quality of the work. I'm going to keep hopeful and I will keep reading her books waiting to feel that again.
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Sharon I totally agree. Jodi has a "formula" that her books always follow. The ones mentioned above are also my favorites. Maybe Jodi needs to try a new approach. She is becoming very predictable!

Leeann I wrote my review before reading yours but it is very similar. I am so disappointed that an author I enjoy so much just doesn't do it for me anymore. :-(

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