Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

changeofheartOne moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June’s eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Clarie stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Father Michael’s decisions as a young man led him to devote the rest of his life to God. But when he comes face-to-face with Shay, he is forced to question everything he’s been taught to believe about religion, about good and evil, about forgiveness. About himself.

“That’s what religion does. it points a finger. It causes wars. It breaks apart countries. It’s a petri dish for stereotypes to grow in. Religion’s not about being holy,” Shay said. “Just holier-than-thous.” (pg. 341)

I can’t help but think that Picoult is back on her “A game” with this novel. This one was full of questions. Ones I found myself wanting to know the answers to. And, by far, my favorite books are when she alternates the point view from one character to anther because, after all, not everyone views a situation the same.

I felt that a part of this ending was predictable from the beginning but Picoult still managed to surprise me at the end.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Picoult, Jodi. Change of Heart. New York, NY: Atria, 2008. Print. 464 pgs. ISBN: 9780743496742. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Atria Books. Retrieved: April 30, 2008.
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