Jodi Picoult's writing is amazing! The story is intense and "real". The variety of narrators as the different characters makes it easy to follow the story and adds to the "reality" of the decisions, ethics, morals, and medicine portrayed by Ms. Picoult.
Well, Well, Well...once I started this book I loved it and hated it at the same time. It is a very good book but beware..if your looking for a story to get lost in that won't cause you to think about life, this book is not for you. This read caused me to soul search. I wanted to stop listening but I could not do it. The flow of the story is great, the characters soundly created. I wanted to line the teenagers up in this story and give them what they needed most, a good sound thwak on the head! The parents in this book are easy to relate to and easier to get angry with.
This book is one of my favorites to date. Obviously, the author deserves rave reviews for her depiction of the love between two sisters and the unexpected twists and turns of the story line. But, the narrators do a fabulous job of pulling you into the story and making the characters real. If you're looking for a book to pull on your heart strings, this is it. There is also enough romance, intrigue and humor to make this an excellent read!
It's no secret that this is a heavy story, but I found the author's approach -- alternating points of view of those involved -- made it almost entertaining. The characters involved in this drama are believable and some of the situations that I was familiar with (e.g., a basic visit to a pediatrician or ER) were done with surprising accuracy -- not only in the procedure, but the emotions, actions and reactions of the family members. This, right or wrong, leads me to believe there must be some truth in the parts that I am not familiar with.
All of this does not erase the weight of the tale, but it does make it lighter and easier to stick with. You are at once heartsick and hopeful for this family. And, most likely, wondering what you would do if presented with this no-win situation.
This was a very thought provoking topic - as always with Jodi Picoult! Well narrated and hard to stop listening...........thoroughly enjoyable!
This book will have you appreciating life in a whole different light, especially if you are a parent. While listening, you really feel like you know each of the characters and can relate to each one in some way. Tremendously moving. A little slow about 1/3 of the way through, then it really picks up and you just won't believe the ending!
This book was a joy to listen to. The author provides different perspectives on how family life is effected by a seriously ill child. When everything revolves around the sick one, the other children must make do with the remains. The choices this situation presents are difficult for all, yet they have to be made.
I think anyone who has a chronically ill or disabled family member, parent or child, will appreciate this story.
This book had several narrators and all were excellent. The variety and quality of the narration enhanced the story and make this book a real gem.
There was not one thing about this book that I did not love. I devoured it; everything else almost came to a halt except for the mindless things one can do while listening to a terrific book. All the characters came alive, their feelings, hopes and fears; the ability to access the ethical questions from all points of view. I will also say the ending did NOT disappoint me or in any weaken this thought provoking story.