Jodi Picoult - Change of Heart

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Tugs at the Heart

Jan 10, 2009
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Pros:Very easy to get hooked and not let go.
Well written and easy to follow.
Intriguging storyline.

Cons:Some of the storyline becamed clouded.
The twist to this novel seemed contrived.

The Bottom Line: I would recommend and always read anything Jodi writes. If nothing else the stories make you think about life and ask yourself very hard questions.


Always a fan of Jodi Picoult, I didn't hesitate to grab this book at the bookstore at full price and rush home to read it.  Once home I quickly delved into it's pages, and like most of her novels was captivated until the end.

June is a mother of a very sick child who needs a heart to survive.  However, she has already lost her husband and her older child to a murderer.  Claire, her sick daughter, is what she has lived for in the years since the crime that took her family away from her. But there doesn't seem to be a compatiable heart fast enough.

Shay, the man who murdered June's family offers his heart when he is executed.  The story shows how Shay goes about getting June to accept his offer, when she hates him so much.  It also talks about how he can be executed to make his heart viable for transplant.

There are some twists throughout the story.  And there is a gnostic religion twist to the book.  Now, I was disappointed with this however.  You spend most of the novel reading about this twist, and then it seems to just vanish without explanation at a certain part of the story.  I felt robbed in a sense having become so involved with this story line and then to see it was really not what it seemed.  By the last page of the novel, though it rears it's head again, I still am clouded by what the author was trying to do with that storyline. 

Aside from that I found this a wonderful exploration of human emotions.  And a nice intellectual debate to think about or talk about with your spouse or friends.  I used the premise of this novel, much as I have past ones to talk to my husband and see how he would feel if he were in June's shoes. It's a great topic to get to know your friends and family better.  Would you take a heart from someone who murdered your family to save your child?


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