I tried to make it through. Too slow. I was intrigued by the potential story but it just dragged on to slow.
First and last Jodi Picoult book that I have read. Supposedly, this explored both sides of the abortion issue “evenly,” but that’s not true. I don’t mind when an explosive issue is explored with equal treatment, but the author makes broad assumptions, states “facts” that have no backing. For example, she claims as a fact that a 15 week fetus cannot feel pain and yet the medical associations recommend that a fetus be given anesthesia before an abortion. The new research reveals that fetus of 18 weeks feels pain and that it may be possible that they feel pain even earlier and yet that isn’t mentioned. She claims most pro-life advocates are white men. She ignores the large contingency of highly educated women who are pro-life. I’m not even sure that if there had been more of a balance I would have enjoyed the book. The backwards timeline was gimmicky and frankly, the book was boring. I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore of her books.
I have read many and loved every Jodi Picoult book until this one. Not only is it choppily written from multiple perspectives, it’s so clearly pro-choice, it bordered on offensive. I couldn’t wait for it to end, except then there was the epilogue. Ugh!
My all time least favorite book by this author. I actually hated it! So slow with multiple stories going on and none had an ending. You are just left wondering what happened. I thought I missed a few chapters or something. Terrible!
I am a Picoult fan but this was not my favorite. I found it hard to follow as it is ‘backwards.’ It starts at the end and then goes back in time for each character. It has some great twists and it kept my attention. Just a little complicated.
I love Jodi Picoult and have ready so many of her books. Books that I would rate in my top 10. This book, however, I was unable to get into. I found myself growing bored while listening and not able to get into. I tried getting back into several times, unfortunately it was too slow, hard to follow that a little over half way through I gave up on.
I did not like this book at all. There isn’t one character that I came to love. The plot was slow. I think the author is amazing and have read and listened to other books of hers, but I did not like this one. I suffered through it, but I never looked forward to listening to it as I have with the other 40 books I have purchased.
Quality not up to usual standards for Picoult, but it is a very timely and important work portraying a closer look at the topic of abortion from different perspectives. The primary flaw for me was that the story was told going backwards, but kept jumping back and forward seemingly at random (although I'm sure it wasn't). As usual, Picoult's research is deep and methodical.
Thanks Jodi Picoult for giving humanity back to women who get abortions. I loved the way the book intersected with complex issues of family, privilege, gun debate. Very brave, uniquely written book that explores all the "players" in the abortion fight. I love hearing de-politicized, authentic stories about abortion and its complexity. Picoult does it. Its important for anyone unfamiliar with these issues to read- also for those on the other side of abortion rights.
Difficult to follow the story line with all the flashbacks! Much recherch went in to this plublishment . What was not covered is the Basic Nature of womanhood is the Fact that Women are the Proctecters ,Nurishers, and Guiders of “Life “ She has the “choice “ as to When and with Whom she puts herself in the position of the possibility of producing a New Life ! Once a Pregnant she is a Mother & has the responsibility to Nurishers that Life !!
Lack of Responibility is the cause of so many of this worlds Dellemas & Violence!!
Very disappointing from her. So boring I barely made it through till the end.
I recently had surgery on my left eye and was forbidden to focus my eyes on anything for 10 days to promote the best healing. I am naturally an active person and found this difficult. I did ,however, take the opportunity to listen to a book on tape and Picoult's timely topic of women's rights, abortion and the politics of abortion was an excellent topic to give me endless hours of listening and contemplating a worthy topic of interest. I never listen to books as I am not a good auditory learner preferring to see and feel the words of books. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how true the experience of listening to the book was for me in this instance. I loved the reading and the emphasis of the story teller and did not feel that I missed the experience of seeing the words on the page.
Es muy redundante, la historia es buena y entretenida, lo escuche completo para saber el final pero puedes escuchar la primera hora y la ultima y no te perdiste nada
If you don’t want to read an entire novel about the abortion issue, skip this Piccoult. It is All. About. Abortion.
This book certainly is certainly timely! It is thought provoking, well written and fairly portrays both sides of this issue. It is well worth reading.
Picoult is great at choosing controversial or difficult issues, and facing them square on. She’s done it again!
This was a very stimulating novel that conjured up a lot of different feelings about a very touchy topic. Bless her heart for being able to present this topic with true facts and situations...with normal heartbreaking emotions that I would think people would truly feel. The narrator did an awesome job of telling the story with her emotions being raw in all the appropriate places. I recommend this book to Jodi Picoult fans for sure...another great read.