I usually like Jodi Picoult's books. But this is the first one I found very difficult to finish. The subject matter itself was tough, but that aside, the pace of the story itself was very slow.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I know this author is very popular but I consider her work to be unimaginative (and poorly edited) mellodrama The fact that it's taken as insightful social commentary makes me very nervous indeed.
Okay, I finished the audiobook and it wasn't half as good as My sister's keeper. I found it meandering and flat overall. The 'surprise' ending was a bust and the characters not very sympathetic.
I highly recommend this book. The subject matter is disturbing but the story is so well told and addresses a very real problem in our society today - bullying. The characters are well developed - I honestly felt like I knew them. The twists and turns of the story are non-stop and I love the way the story is crafted through real time and flashbacks - Ms. Picoult does this in a very clever way. Can't wait for the next book!
This is a fantastic book that will give you insight into the minds of teens. Scary and honest, it makes you wonder who's at fault for this type of tragedy.
I am still haunted by this book. It made me take a strong look at how kids treat each other. I have 2 little kids and am terrified that they will not be in the "popular" crowd or if they will be bullied or bully someone else. The girl's telling of those final 19 minutes accounts were quite surprising to say the least. Even though this book was fiction; it contained some true factors. Kids are cruel; even starting in kindergarten through high school. I listened to it right after the Va State shootings and thought the maybe that student might have thought similiar things as Peter did. I felt for Peter at times for the level of cruelty that he suffered. I thought that author wrote a great book and I will remember it for quite a long time!