I have heard of the author Jodi Picoult many times but I have never looked into any of her books. I was talking with my sister who is also an avid reader and she recommended that I try one of her books. I was boarding a plane and had no book to read so I borrowed it from my library using the Libby app.
I was hooked from the very beginning. It’s not only a fascinating novel because of the topic, but also because the writing is so strong. I am not sure how the author can write such a heavy duty book with such grace and understanding, but she really delivers.
My throat closes like the shutter of a camera, so that any air or excuses must move through a tunnel as thin as a pin. The question is, did she instigate this lawsuit because she truly feels that she can make better choices about her own medical care than her parents can, or because she wants her parents to hear her for once when she cries?
It’s about a girl named Anna who sues her parents for medical emancipation because she is about to be forced to give her sick sister Kate a kidney. Anna was born “the product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis,” which means that she was conceived with the exact genes that would help keep Kate alive longer.
But a designer baby? Yeah, right. If my parents were going to go to all that trouble, you’d think they’d have made sure to implant the genes for obedience, humility, and gratitude.
The story is told by a few different characters’ perspectives. Each character has their own strongly told story line. You can intensely feel how everyone’s life is affected by the situation. Their distinct personalities draws you to them as individuals so much so that you can imagine how they will live their lives beyond the ending of the book.
I read some reviews about the book and I know that many people were not happy with the ending. I also didn’t like the ending very much (I didn’t hate it though), but at the same time I appreciate that Picoult went for the ending she envisioned despite knowing that it would not be embraced by every reader. I think that is a very brave decision and I respect that choice.
Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.
It is also a good time to bring up something that I feel very strongly about. When I write about books that I liked or disliked I want people to remember that I write about books based upon my opinion, and I know that not everyone will agree. It’s important to keep that in mind when recommending a book or reading something that someone else has recommended to you! You don’t have to feel bad about not agreeing with other readers. Always take it with a grain of salt because we can’t all agree on how we will or will not be drawn to a book, an author, a plot, or a writing style.