For my ninth 2011 weekly post, I’m going to be doing something a little bit different. I have reviewed three Jodi Picoult books- My Sister’s Keeper, Change of Heart, and Sing You Home. Since I like her books so much, I decided to list the reasons I like her books.
1. The topics. In every book, there’s a controversial issue. Gay rights. Abortion. Death penalty. Medical emancipation. Seeing God. Picoult’s topics really make you think, and question your previous opinions about that particular subject.
2. The research. It’s obvious Picoult does her research diligently. She answers all potential questions about a topic, and more. On her website (www.jodipicoult.com), she tells you about the research she’s done for each of her books.
3. The characters. The main characters are usually complex. You think you have a certain character figured out, but then her next action catches you completely off guard. You think you know what a character will say next, but her remark leaves you speechless.
4. The endings. There’s always a twist at the end, or the ending is unexpected. Like in Handle With Care when Charlotte won the lawsuit, but Willow drowned. Or in My Sister’s Keeper you obviously think Kate will die (given that she is sick), but Anna dies. I usually try to predict the ending, and I end up wrong.
5. The lawsuits. The lawsuits are the best element of a Picoult book. It’s interesting what some of the characters will sue for, and it’s even more interesting to see who will win.
6. The narration. One of my favorite things about a Picoult book is that the story is told in multiple voices. Each chapter is told by a different character. If the novel centers around a family, you usually hear from the prominent main character, her parents, any siblings she has, and her lawyer.