I had high hopes for this book because Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and I was interested in the story. Picoult has a knack for her extensive research in exploring interesting & unique subject matters and for psychological development of her characters. I am a fan of the true crime/thriller/detective genres and always interested in psychology, so I was curious about how she would portray a character with Asperger's. And while Picoult did as well with character development as her usual, the story itself became tedious and I found myself wanting it to be over with. I did like that different narrators were used for different characters and thought the narration was good. My recommendation would be to not read/listen to this as your first experience with Jodi Picoult. She has many other options that are much better such as Salem Falls, Nineteen Minutes or The Tenth Circle. I have read most of her books and this is the first one that I was disappointed with.
I agree with those who think she must have had to end it in a hurry. There was great detail in so many things and then no resolution at the end. I liked the intimate portrayal of life with Aspergers.
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I really enjoyed this book - it was pretty family friendly reading (listening) - but I would have preferred not having to hear the f word as often as I did. I learned a lot about Asperger's disease and it gave me a new appreciation for parents of special needs children, and of the children themselves. The characters were well read and the story was great. I could listen to a sequel - it'd be interesting to see Emma and Oliver develop their relationship, and for Henry to be a part of his kids' lives on a regular basis, as well as see how the boys turn out in say, 10 years. Would Jacob still be living at home?
While I did enjoy this audiobook, I spent half the book wanting someone to just ask the teenager "What happened?" There really wasn't a mystery but rather a detailed and interesting look at family and at the interaction related to a chronicly disabled child. I got an insight that was intreging and engageing and quite enjoyable.
Insight into the world of autism through eyes of the mother as well as the brother as well as the central character.
Really enjoyed my second Picoult book, lots of detail and she has certainly done her homework on disabilities. Having different narrators made it more believable, ie not a woman reading from a mans perspective. Yes it was repetative in places but I felt that helped build the image of what their life was like.
the ending or as someone else wrote 'what ending'. It was like she had run out of paper to write on, or ideas or something. I was totally disappointed in the ending, however I really enjoyed the journey up to the end, hence my 3/5 for story and not 4/5 for the story
I'm retired and when traveling I love to listen to a good book.
Knowing an autistic 18yr old. Now I can relate better with him.
Jodi Pecoult is an awesome writer.
It was an interesting account of an adolescent's struggle with autism, but overall I didn't really enjoy the story.
I would have put less detail into the description of the autism symptoms, and put more detail into the mystery of the crime.
I really liked the readers emotions. I really felt like I knew them
This is the best Picoult book I have read to date. Although there is some repetition, it isn't as bad as she does in some of her other books, especially the book where she recites dozens of recipes verbatim; which annoyed the hell out of me.
I love the narraters. they did a great job. I love the story and the charaters, But the ending was bad. I cant go into why i hated the ending without giving anything away.