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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

This is the fifth book I've read by Picoult and by far the most dissappointing. I'm not saying the book was terrilbe because I couldn't really put it down but it's certainly not Picoult's best. The topic is amazing and the book could've been a hell of a lot better.
The first problem was that Anna, 13, was the smartest character. I'm not saying all the other characters were stupid, but no way in hell was that a good portrayal of a 13 year old girl.
Secondly, the ending couldn't have been worse. It could not have been worse. I don't want to say how it ends in case someone reads it but holy crap...

message 2: by Sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:12PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sarah Each to their own. I personally loved the book - I thought it was written well, and I enjoyed that Anna was so smart.

Sure, not all 13 year old girls are as smart as Anna, but not all 13 year old girls are ditzy, stupid and wannabe Paris Hiltons. I thought it was a nice change.

Albeit, the ending was a little over the top. It could have been worse, and believe me, i've read worse. But yes, it was over the top.

message 3: by Meghan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:13PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Meghan Cornely I am with Sarah - to each their own. I too loved the book and as it is my 4th out of 5 Picoult books that I have read - it is by far my favorite. A horrible predecessor for Nineteen Minutes, unfortunately, as my expectations were so high.

Anna was forced to be smart before she was even born. That is the crux of her character. Her actions were never her own, she was always working for someone else - even with her decision to seek to reconcile this.

The ending was poetic. It was completely unexpected but truly an end to justify the means.

message 4: by Lucy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:13PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lucy If you thought this one was bad try reading Nineteen Minutes. Picoult again took an issue that has been in the news and ran with it creating a story that has no other redeeming value but to make the reader queasy.

message 5: by allison (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:35PM) (new)

allison From personal experience, being forced into the medical world at such a young age really matures you. Once you get into the swing of doctors treating you as an adult and start expecting you to comprehend what they are saying it really becomes a very adult lifestyle, even in children. I think the book was very believable and well written. Jodi took into account every last detail and I was extremely impressed with the outcome. Although the ending was terribly tragic, it was extremely symbolic of what the book portrayed.

message 6: by Tina (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tina Nandi Yeah, Anna was sort of forced to become mature and smart. She couldn't really be a ditzy teenager cause she was too busy donating bone marrow or something or the other...
And the ending -- well, that's just classic Jodi Picoult. She makes the unexpected happen and I think that just adds to her style...
This one is my favourite Picoult.

message 7: by Little (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Little Nah, I thought the ending was terrible over the top Nicholas-Sparks-quality schlock. I guess it worked as an ending, neatly tying up all the loose ends and giving you lots of nice closure, but it was sub-par compared to the imagination and, especially, depth of the rest of the book. But then, every Picoult book I've read has had a patheticly bad (unbelievable, unhelpful, overly sentimental, or otherwise just bad) ending.

message 8: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:48PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ashley I loved the book. Even though the ending was sad, it was good. We weren't expecting an ending like that. If you think about it, the ending was ironic. Anna fought so hard to be able to have the choice of whether or not she gives her kidney to Kate, but then in the end, Kate gets it anyways. It also good because Jodi is able to write the book in such away that we get emotionally invovled.

message 9: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jennifer This is the first book I have read by Jodi, and I must say I was left feeling the first of the book was a challenge for me to make myself read it but the last 12 chapters I couln't put it down, The ending on the other hand I felt as if I was punched in the stomach I couldn't believe it I actually reread the chapter thinking what?? I must say I was glad I read it but I am still left thinking what just happened.

message 10: by Amy (new) - rated it 4 stars

Amy This is my first book by Piccoult so I can't speak to her others, but I loved this one.

As for making you queasy, I felt like that was what it was supposed to do. If a book can make you uncomfortable, than it has gotten you to really think about the topic. That's a good thing in my opinion.

message 11: by Patsy (new)

Patsy Harris I'll admit it was well-written and compelling but it ripped my heart out. I don't think I could do this to one child to save another but I don't know and I hope I never face the decision. But, the ending totally pissed me off. That's the only way I can put it. I practically threw the book across the room!!!

Ashley Oh, I totally agree that the ending was crappy. NO doubt about that, but you have to think about why she chose that ending. What message was she trying to give the readers?!?

P.S. Everything happens for a reason.

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

It was my first Jodi Piccoult book and I loved it. I cannot imagine doing this to a child but then again I cannot imagine losing a child and not doing anything to help save her. And as for the just does not always have a happy ending. I thought it too was a punch in the stomach but a realistic ending never the less...

mountaingoat I've read Nineteen Minutes, My Sisters Keeper and Sing You Home. Nineteen Minutes made me hate Jodi Piccoult as an author, and My Sisters Keeper only affirmed my view of her. Aside from making main characters that are extremely unlikable, the endings in her books seem like a huge middle finger to the reader. And even though I consider Sing You Home to be one of my favorite books - great story, great ending, but again,ruined by awful characters - I just can't bring myself to read anymore of her books.

Bethany personally i think Salem Falls and Nineteen Minutes are her best.

Wendy I have read 3 of her books and have enjoyed all of them. Looking forward to reading more. I don't read them one after the other, throw in a true crime, fantasy book and bio to change things up then go back to another of hers. As they say variety is spice of life , though don't think they were talking about books :)

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