Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult (DNF)

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About a week or so ago, I started reading Harveting the Heart by Jodi Picoult. I’m not a big fan of the author, with only one or two of few books I’ve read that I actually liked. However, when I saw this particular book at the Goodwill store, the premise sounded interesting, and I gave her another shot.

Needless to say, I should have listened to my previous experiences with Picoult, because I didn’t like this book at all. I kept reading a couple pages here or there, hoping it’ll eventually pick up.

Well, this morning I sat on the couch staring at the book, willing myself to read another couple pages. This is when I realized that I shouldn’t be forcing myself into a book I don’t like. I’m not sorry to say that I gave up after 115 pages or so.

If you’re vaguely familiar with Picoult at all, you’ll know her books are centralized around one theme, mainly a controversial one. She creates several characters that hold opposing viewpoints and different life experiences that pertain to the controversial topic. The point of view changes each chapter for each character so you get a sense of why each character is acting the way he or she is. In Heart, she only has two characters: Paige and Nicholas. Nicholas comes from a rich background while Paige had a bad childhood.

It’s just a slow book, how two different characters with vastly different lifestyles get together and fail like everyone said they would. They complain about how tough their life is, how tough med school is, how unfit they are to be parents, etc. From what I read in other reviews, Paige runs away from Nicholas and her new baby only to try and run back and make up with him. That seems slow and anti climatic to me.

Even though I don’t like Jodi Picoult as an author, I can give her credit for giving all her books a good pace that keeps you going. This book doesn’t have that and one of her worst books.

Unfortunately, Harvesting the Heart is a DNF (did not finish.) I don’t know think I’ll ever read another book by her. I might have one more book on my book shelf by her and I’ll give that one a go (eventually), but not right now.

If you want to give Jodi Picoult a go, try 19 Minutes or My Sister’s Keeper.

Have you read any of Picoult’s books? What were your thoughts on them?

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