Book Review ~ Change of Heart

A Novel

I just finished Jodi Picoult’s “Change of Heart” and I loved it!  I found myself thinking about the story and characters many times throughout the two weeks or so that I was reading it and wondering what was going to happen to them and how the story would play out.  This was my first experience reading a Picoult novel and I was not disappointed.  The topics of religion, the possibility of a Messiah floating through the U.S. prison system and the lives that were affected by selfish acts of sexual abuse were woven together so beautifully and intricately that I know I will be thinking about this story for a while to come.  The characters were so clear and bright to me though I did have some trouble flipping from one first-person account to the next as the chapters (not really chapters though) flew through my fingers. 

I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something completely different and thought provoking.  Remember that this book is the one that lifted me off of my reading block stump.  I am so glad that I picked it up at the Base PX.  I am interested in reading Picoult’s “Nineteen Minutes” about a small town high school shooting because I lived in Denver when the Columbine shootings devastated the area and the country.  I attended the memorial service at the high school and saw, with my own eyes, the boarded up windows where students and faculty had jumped to safety on April 20th, 1999. 

I Think I’m Back On The Wagon!

Yesterday  I picked up the DVD’s “I Am Legend” and “Atonement”, “Guitar Hero III ~ Legends of Rock” for our PS3 as well as a new book.  I know, I know… I have tons of books I haven’t read yet on my book shelves at home.  Well, I think that a new purchase (in person and not an on-line buy) was needed to lift me from my fog.  I bought Jodi Picoult’s newest release, “Change of Heart“. 

A NovelI have never read any of Picoult’s novels but did get her comic book/graphic novel of “Wonder Woman ~ Love & Murder” back in January.  A great book blog out there called GIRLS JUST READING and they have a post about spending an hour with Jodi Picoult and hearing her discuss and promote her latest title.

Love and Murder (Wonder Woman (DC Comics))

I started Change of Heart last night in bed and picked up where I left off when I woke up this morning.  I haven’t gotten very far but so far it’s interesting and I like the tones of true life, everyday topics.  Yes, those topics are murder, court testimony and a jury sentencing a criminal to death, but the feeling of the story is real which maybe I needed right now. 

Are any of you Jodi Picoult fans and if so what are your favorites of her novels?  Do you have anything you may be reading right now that you would like to tell us about here at Planet Books?