I was so excited to discover this new title by Jodie Picoult and so disappointed by the book. I loved My Sister's Keeper and Handle with Care just seemed like the same story with a different disease. The ending should have been a shocker but having read the former title, I was not shocked, surprised or even saddened. This is the first book by Picoult that I have not enjoyed and I hope that her next effort breaks new ground. All in all....a disappointment but I did listen to the entire audiobook hoping for something new. I will keep my hopes up for the next Picoult title.
I agree, this is very like My Sister's Keeper, and has the same infuriating ending that pretty much undercuts the whole book. This book is NOT for those who want a happy ending. I don't want to say more so that the ending isn't spoiled, but just beware if negative endings bother you.
This was the first Jodi Picoult book I had listened to. It was recommended to me and I didn't read the reviews first. I really enjoyed it. I will be listening to more of her books. I thought the actors did a good job with narration.
The characters are great and the actors/readers are particularly good. There is a very loud, annoying static noise at the end of each chapter/section for all three of the book downloads. Might be a glitch in the new enhanced format option that audible now offers.
Excellent character development, plot, conflicts, and outcomes!
This is my first Picoult book and I loved it. Found it extremely interesting. It asks allot ot questions, challenges your morality, sense of right/wrong, and you get to feel and hear each of her character's point of view. I was disappointed with the ending, but I understand why this ended in this manner. Through this entire book, the characters ended up coming back to their humanity. For one of the main characters, she wasn't able to recover - but healed in a different direction. I will definitely pick a few more of her books! This one was a great read.
It's near the top. I love Jodi Picoult's writing.
I loved the sensitivity of the topic and I felt it was authentic.
She read the story well, and her voice was right for the audiobook.
I thought the ending was not so realistic. If I remember correctly, another of Jodi's characters ended similarly. Why do the kids with special needs die of a completely unrelated incident?
Special Education Teacher
A better ending would have helped
Expected more from Jodi, I have read every other book by her and was disappointed in this one.
Picoult's wonderful, detailed writing, her amazing storytelling abilities.
There were quite a few, can't narrow it down to one. Some of my favorite parts were when Amelia, the older daughter, narrates her scenes.
She has a great voice for narration...does a good job.
Almost...a lot of emotional intensity to digest, so taking breaks worked for me.
I'm impressed with how Picoult can have very unlikeable characters in her books, yet she makes you care about what happens to them. Charlotte's character (the mother), could be very frustrating in my opinion. But Picoult made me care about her...what a talent.
Wish the ending had been different. Thought it was overkill to end it the way she did.
Heart touching, Frustrating, Family
This story was all about family dynamic and how we handle tough situations. High levels of stress can tear your world and your family apart if you aren't careful.
I think Amelia was my favorite. Lost little girl is a world focused on her sister.
The ending... don't want to ruin it for you.
I also liked when she got to go to camp.
Wish the end would have been a little different.
I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!
I love the realistic people and the situations in Jodi's books. I always learn something valuable that I would be hard pressed to learn about any other way. This is a great story of family, love and loss... If you are a Jodi fan...don't pass this up.
Jodi's book are somewhat formulatic but there is always something unique with them too. Never do they feel like a repeat of something else.
Love the readers! They bring the story to life and make the listener feel like they are personally talking with the people. WONDERFUL!!!
YES!!! I couldn't stop listening to it!!!
Read it! Enjoy it!