I remember my first experiences with Jodi Picoult’s books. My Sister’s Keeper was on my recommended list on Amazon for a very long time, and it never seemed like it was something I wanted to read. Eventually, I even clicked on the ‘don’t show me this anymore!’ button. At some point, the book wore me down and I purchased and read it.
I absolutely loved that book. In the midst of my historical fiction obsession, my other reading obsession was reading everything by Ms. Picoult. If I’m not mistaken, I’ve read everything except 19 minutes. To varying degrees, I loved nearly all of them. The last two that I read of hers were actually the first two she wrote, and I was less than impressed with them. Perhaps because one of these first books was called Harvesting the Heart, I was less than inclined to read it. After all, I already get a couple of her books mixed up, I wasn’t sure how to remember books with such similar names, and how could I enjoy a book I confused with a book I did not enjoy?
Well, maybe that was the problem. I don’t know if Ms. Picoult has jumped the metaphorical shark, or if there is only so much of her writing that I am capable of reading before they all run together and I’m just bored of it all. When I read most of the rest of her books, My Sister’s Keeper and Keeping Faith in particular, I really cared about the characters. I read Change of Heart with disinterest. It wasn’t a bad story, but nothing particularly made me care. I thought that the twist as far as guilt was extremely predictable; I’m not someone who generally tries to figure out what the twist will be and I couldn’t help but see this one coming from a mile away.
Honestly, I wasn’t all that impressed with this one. I don’t know if Jodi has peaked, if this book was a dud, or if I have Picoult-fatigue. If you’ve read and enjoyed a lot of her work, I wouldn’t really recommend you read this one, but if you’ve only read a little there’s a chance you might like it.
Buy this book on Amazon: Change of Heart: A Novel