Here’s my review of The Jodi Picoult Readers Companion: a collection of excerpts. I have all of her books and have read some but not others.
Here’s what I thought of it.
I really liked this book, which I got free from the iBook store. I own all Jodi’ s books and read most of them. I think summarising the books was a great idea, as if you have this book it doesn’t matter if you’ve read her books or not. For those who have, it gives the reader a chance to revisit each of her books; for those who haven’t, it provides a taster of each of her books and gives an idea of her writing style. This means the reader in this case can decide whether to buy the books and which to buy first. The good thing is that each book is very individual and intriguing in its own right, with very different moral issues, story lines and characters in each one. An excellent Companion to her books, and very easy and relaxing to read, just like her books from cover to cover.
The length of this Reader’s Companion is such that its easily read straight through, or by dipping in and out. I read most of it, but paid more attention to the books I’ve not read yet: Second Glance Songs of the Humpback Whale, and House Rules, which after reading this I’m really looking forward to reading (I have them, I just haven’t read them yet! :))
In my opinion, a must-read from a very popular author, whether you’re new to her books or have read them before.
Jodi’s new book- Off The Page the sequel to Between The Lines came out on 4 June this year, and I don’t have a copy yet. Both these books are co-authored with Jodi’s daughter, Samantha Van Leer. It’s going to be a good one, judging by how much I love Jodi’s books, and how much I liked reading Between The Lines.