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Change of Heart: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) Paperback – December 2, 2008
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If you know and love Jodi's books, you know that they follow a formula, and you're ok with that. They all center around a legal/ethical/social/medical issue that's come to a head; typically have at least one sassy yet insecure single female in an investigative/advisory role (who frequently finds love by the end of the story), and all end with a twist. This twist leaves the reader in one of any number of states - lost in thought, changed on a certain issue, outraged at society, or drowning in a pool of tears. (Almost literally on that last one - in fact, when My Sister's Keeper came out in bookstores, one promotion included a pack of kleenex with every sale; also, Jodi told the story at the NBF about how her daughter, upon finishing the book, stormed upstairs, slammed her bedroom door, and would not speak to her for the rest of the day). For Jodi's fans, this formula works, though reading a number in a row (as I did when I first discovered her 6 years ago) can become tiresome (I took a long break after that, and in fact skipped the two books between My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes - 2 of my three favorites, along w/ Plain Truth).
So having a background in bioethics, and being fascinated by criminology, I eagerly awaited this book and had the high hopes that I'd count it among my favorites. But this book, though gripping, made me roll my eyes WAY too often.Read more ›
Change of Heart, like other Jodi Picoult novels, is told in brief chapters from over a dozen points of view. She tackles a new moral dilemma - the death penalty - complete with a true crime shock factor, courtroom drama, tension-filled romance, and an incredible twist at the end. Picoult has done her research and also introduces the Gnostic texts - namely the Gospel of Thomas, disregarded as the Church as heresy when it was discovered and published in 1975 - as a key plot element. The work comprises 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. Picoult artfully portrays her death row inmate, Shay Bourne, as a man eerily similar to that described in the Gospel of Thomas.
Picoult succeeds at creating a general outline of Shay Bourne as a religious figure via a number of inventive modern-day twists on New Testament writings. Once she created the setting of a religious novel, however, she used miracles to escape plot holes willy nilly. How does the heart of a 30 year-old man possibly match that of a teen girl? Oh, it's a miracle. The same priest who convicted Shay as a jury member is assigned as his spiritual advisor? Miraculous coincidence.Read more ›
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The writing flowed nicely. Story was different. I just wanted a better ending. I like Old Hollywood style. It went on just a tad too long. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dona Howe
I was unsure how to feel for so much of this book, until one again, Picoult find a way for you to care about all the characters new and old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kam Rigney
Heart wrenching, tear jerking, and thought provoking. One must become firmly planted in your belief of God and trust completely the He and He alone decides what lives and what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Easley
What a great story, one that makes you think! Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite fiction authors!Published 2 months ago by Wendy A. Marcec
Like the novel "girl on the train " by paula Hawkins, Jodie picoult nails it with change of heart, as she did with "my sisters keeper " both a must read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barrell52
This book was very entertaining. I enjoyed it from start to finish.Published 3 months ago by Lawnlady21