Jodi Picoult.

*WARNING*SPOLIERS*  In my rant I may divulge important aspects of plot etc so if you don't want to know, then look away!

I have tried to like Jodi Picoult's books, I really have.  Iv read almost half of them and unfortunatly to me they seem to get worse rather than better.  My sister Tera and my good friend Alex are both nuts about Jodi Picoult's novels but I dont get it.  I just find them incredibly depressing and repetitive.

I will admit I quite liked 'The Tenth Circle'.  'My Sister's Keeper' was alright - at least there were aspects of hope remaining after the tragic end.  However 'Handle with Care' just ended terribly - the family go through so much crap and agony and then the little girl DIES.  And thats it.  The same thing with 'Plain Truth'.  Ok, so she ends up with the right man and the court case gets resolved successfully - but the baby is still dead - and no one attempts to bring the murdering mother to justice.  The fact almost every book focuses on a court case grates me as well.  It gets a bit old after awhile.  I wonder if the court case starts at about the same page of every book?  Likewise, for the reveal of a crucial piece of information or witness.  It would be different if the books were openly a series - then you would expect the repeat programming.  But they aren't and I don't.

The books are well written, well researched and very moving.  I understand that not everything in life has a happy ending, so it is realistic that not every book has one.  I also understand that Jodi Picoult wants you to consider the moral dilema she is presenting so perhaps ambiguous endings add to that effect.  I suppose, for some people, crying after they finish reading is cathartic and restorative.

But it really isn't my cup of tea.  The last time I read one of her novels I felt depressed for 2days.  I can do that on my own, without added stimulus.  So I think it really was the last time!

auroraaustralis auroraaustralis
2 Responses Aug 22, 2009

Yip I read everything to the end. I figure I have to give each book the chance to redeem itself. Thats also why, with the Jodi Picoult, I made sure I read a few of her books, gave her a good test. before I decided she's not for me.

Do you continue reading a book after reading it for a while and deciding you don't really like it? I'm with you on the whole thing about who needs a book that is depressing. I get enough of that on my own too.