With over twenty diverse and captivating novels, how can you pick a favourite Jodi Picoult novel? Well, we asked our in-house no 1 fan Georgia (and our chairman Patrick) to try and narrow it down, before she interviewed Jodi on all manner of topics. We also want to know what your favourite is, and you can win a signed copy of Small Great Things.
I have three favourite Jodi Picoult novels and all for very different reasons, and hopefully by the end of this blog I might have a definitive number one…
This was the first one I ever read. I was still in high school when the first edition of The Pact was published. To me this was a story of real teenage love. One where you and your significant other did everything together and for each other too.
This nearly 500 page book was polished off by me in a very short period of time. Including staying up until the wee hours of the morning (on a school night), sobbing in bed not wanting the book nor their story to end. I went to school the next day having not had a lot of sleep, feeling like MY world was about to end but singing its praises to all my friends. It’s a book that has stayed with me ever since.
Our Chairman Patrick also highlights The Pact as potentially being his favourite, saying:
The Pact was the first Jodi Picoult novel I read. The unflinching honesty with which she dealt with an agonising subject there has continued throughout her twenty one books. She is still tackling dangerous, almost taboo subjects while at the same time showing a deep understanding of the drama, the tension, the loves and the fears that make up family life.
As Antipodeans we don’t really hear much about the Amish. So reading Plain Truth sparked a 15+ year interest in the Amish folk and their quiet way of life. But oh not so quiet a life when a teenage Amish girl gives birth in a barn without her parents knowledge and then the baby dies. In steps a young lawyer who, like most people had never experienced the Amish way of life, is there to defend the Amish teenager who has been charged with murder.
I LOVE this book because not only did I learn about the Amish but also how one ‘little’ mistake can mess up your life and those around you.
Jodi does amazing things with The Storyteller. World War II, Germany, The Nazi’s, the star of David, concentration camps, one lone man’s attempt at redemption after 50 years and a present day young Jewish baker who is finding her feet in the world. Take all of these, bake at a low temperature for about 500 pages and you’ve got an incredible walk through history – oh the pain I felt reading about the camps, the conditions and all the other hideous things people had to endure. As well as what it takes for an old man to feel again.
My favourite, and Small Great Things
After giving it some thought, I think The Pact remains my first and favourite Jodi Picoult novel, but what about her new book, Small Great Things?
I polished off Small Great Things in a couple of days. It is a smack in the face read with plenty of a-ha moments. Jodi Picoult has written an incredible novel about what happens when an African American woman is charged for murdering a baby whose parents are White supremacists. What unfolds will cause you to open your eyes to the world, more than you thought possible!
Racism is so ingrained in our society and around the world for all the wrong reasons. I can understand why it took Jodi Picoult 15 years to write this book, it is a tough topic but she does it oh-so-well! I didn’t think it was possible for Jodi Picoult to write any better than she has done. I was wrong.
What’s your favourite Jodi novel? Vote and win a signed book!
So we’ve told you our favourite, now it’s your turn – vote for your favourite Jodi Picoult book and you could win a signed copy of her new novel Small Great Things!
Georgia interviews Jodi Picoult
Amidst some fan-girling, we got Georgia to sit down with Jodi and ask some questions from her Australian & NZ fans, plus a few from around the office too. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a fascinating discussion of Small Great Things, racism, gay marriage, her favourite books, writing tips and much more!