Nineteen Minutes and My Sister’s Keeper by Jody Piccoult

If you’re looking for page turning, light reads, these might do the trick.  I like the way Piccoult brings out interesting issues that pull us into the story–school violence in Nineteen Minutes and sibling organ donation in My Sister’s Keeper–but her writing is inconsistent.  At times, it can be beautiful, but more often than not, it’s just okay.  Her forte is intriguing storylines.  She has an interesting spin on character develoment as well.  She takes the reader just to the point of frustration, thinking this character would never do this… and then she reveals an important detail that makes the character’s motive suddenly seem believable, even normal.  So now when I read her work, I’m sort of waiting for that shocking detail.  It makes her storylines exciting, but it also makes her writing a bit predictable.  Nevertheless, a good, fast read.  (fiction)

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