Jodi Picoult

It wasn’t difficult for me to decide to put Jodi Picoult on my list of people who inspire me.  She is the author I aspire to be.jodi picoult 1

Early in my high school career, I started reading a random book that I picked up at Target called My Sister’s Keeper.  I distinctly remember that, the first time I read it, I was sitting at one of my sister’s all-day volleyball tournaments.  I couldn’t put it down.  It was mesmerizing and horrifying and completely captivating, all at the same time.  And I hated the ending.  But I loved that I hated the ending, because it meant that I had strong enough feelings about the book as a whole to feel that strongly about the ending.  And I have loved her ever since.

Of the 24 books listed on her website, I think I’ve read 18 of them.  I’ve heard complaints from people that the endings are becoming predictable and all of that, and part of me understands.  But there’s another part of me that disagrees completely.  She puts so much time and effort into each story, and does so much research, and I think each of her books is so different that they can’t really be compared to each other.  She is a storytelling master.  When I have a new one of her books, I read it until it’s done.  It doesn’t matter if I sleep or that nothing gets done.  I just need to finish the book.  And that’s why I love her writing so much.

This is very similar to what my bookshelf looks like.
This is very similar to what my bookshelf looks like.

I want to be able to write books that keep people from eating and sleeping.  I want to be able to write books that will keep people buying each new title, just to see what crazy thing I’m going to do next.  I want that for my writing career.  And I never would have thought of that if I hadn’t been a Jodi Picoult fan.

I haven’t read her latest (The Storyteller) yet, but it’s near the top of my long list of books to read in the near future.  But all of the others I have read?  I’d recommend each and every one of them.
-A.

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7 thoughts on “Jodi Picoult

  1. I absolutely love Jodi Picoult, too! I think I have a little catching up to do. There are a couple of her (newer books) that I haven’t read yet. The last one I read was Lone Wolf, but I’d have to say my two favorites of hers are either My Sister’s Keeper or The Pact. I hated the movie version of My Sister’s Keeper, though. By the way, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award – congratulations! You can find out the rules and how it works by checking out my blog.

  2. You need to read, “The Storyteller”!!!!! I could not put it down and I was a mom in college when I read it. I snuck it behind books and read it while feeding my toddler one-handed. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jodi twice on book signings and she’s so funny and so kind. What’s your take on her earlier novels? Pre-“The Pact”?

    1. I will have to read “The Storyteller” soon, then! As for her earlier novels, I liked them, but they were definitely different than what she does now. I remember really liking “Songs of the Humpback Whale” in particular. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

      1. Let me know when you get to it! I’ve only read “Picture Perfect” from her earlier novels and it was like I was reading someone else’s work because all the Jodi elements were nowhere to be found. But she may have still been shaping her signature style back then. Do you remember if “Songs of the Humpback Whale” had a major twist in it?

      2. I liked Picture Perfect, but you’re right, it was completely different. It’s been a while since I’ve read Songs of the Humpback Whale, but I remember the ending being completely out of left field. It wasn’t really a plot twist, just… Unexpected. You’re probably right that she was still crafting her signature style.

  3. I love her books as well! I’m unfortunately super behind on her newer ones because school doesn’t really lend me much free time, but hopefully someday, I’ll be able to catch up! I’m missing out on a lot of em’ right now! :[

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