I might start doing this every Monday, maybe every other depending on how often I think of a book or author that I want to feature. Since this is my first Must Read Mondau, I have to feature one of my all time favorite authors!
The first book I ever read by Jodi Picoult was called Nineteen Minutes. It was a story about a young man who brought a gun into school one day and killed many of his classmates, and injuring even more. This book not only delved into the lives of the people caught up in the tragedy but also the motivation behind the shooting. Her description of the characters and the events, the topic she choose to talk about, and the way in which she handled and presented such a controversial topic drew me in at once.
If you are a fan of young adult novels I think you might enjoy her books. Her books are the next step after YA because they take on more adult topics while still writing in the same style you would a YA book. She writes about things like spousal abuse and why it is so hard to leave, genetically engineering children to meet a certain need, suicide pacts, and wrongful birth. They sound like heavy topics but she writes to entertain and to inform.
Every book I’ve read by her has made me a more informed person. But not all of her books are written to be these heavy hitting, informative novels. Her most recent book, Leaving Time is about a young girl who lost her mother at a young age and had to live with her grandmother because her father was in a mental health hospital. She goes in search of her mother, who had been missing for as long as she could remember. The main characters in this book are a teenage girl, a private detective, and a psychic. It was cool to read because the girls parents worked on an elephant sanctuary when she was a baby and you get to learn a lot about elephants.
The book Jodo Picoult is most known for is My Sister’s Keeper. Now, if you’ve seen the movie but never read the book please go read the book. Personally, I have never seen the movie but I heard it was absolutely horrible in comparison to the book, they completely ruined the whole basis for the story. For those of you who don’t know, the story is about a young girl who was genetically engineered to be a perfect match to her sister who had cancer. She is tired of being forced to put her life on hold because her parents want her to be her sisters constant donor so she sues her parents for emancipation. It was a heart wrenching story. Is she selfish for wanting to live her own life or are her parents the selfish ones, determining that she has no life to live other than to save her sister? The ending was what made the story so beautiful, an ending that Hollywood so carelessly threw out the window.
Jodi Picoult is not afraid to write about a topic. In the eyes of many she writes about controversial topics but she handles these topics tactfully. She writes to entertain, with her carefully crafted characters and heartfelt descriptions of their lives. But she also writes to inform her readers. You can’t help but learn something when you read her books.
She is one of my favorite authors and if you have never read one of her books I recommend picking one up.