Top 15+ Books by Jodi Picoult

 

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – Jodi Picoult.

Jodi Picoult(Jodi Lynn Picoult) is an American writer. Recipient of New England Bookseller Award in Fiction in the year 2003. She wrote 23 books including the #1 New York Times bestsellers for ten of her books. 14 million copies of her books are currently in print worldwide, translated into 34 different languages.

Read one (or all) of these 15 best books by Jodi Picoult.

My Sister’s Keeper

The story is about Anna, who has been to countless surgeries and transfusions since childhood. Anna is not sick, but her sister is. Anna’s sister suffers from Leukemia and Anna was conceived as the bone marrow match for her sister, which led to numerous surgeries and transfusions. Anna then makes a decision which will tear her family apart.

Read it For:
The Gut wrenching pain of loss and the feeling of what it is like to be with a patient diagnosed with Leukemia.
Don't Read it For:
The pain and the sentiments might get to you. This is not a book you read for recreational purposes.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is one of a kind in the sense of struggle, loss and a family which sticks together no matter what. It truly makes your hair stand.

Nineteen Minutes

The story is set in the ordinary town of Sterling, where nothing new almost never happens. One beautiful morning, a student in the New Hampshire town goes to school without books but with guns instead. A mass shooting occurred, and the town becomes engulfed in pain and suffering. In the midst of searching for answers, the key eyewitness for the case is the Judge’s daughter, but the problem is that she cannot remember what exactly happened.

Read it For:
The story is filled with many twists and turn. The gripping events and the characters keep you turning pages.
Don't Read it For:
The story seems like it keeps dragging on. Most readers and fans of Picoult found that this story could have been better kept as a short story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The impressive idea of creating a story on this topic was beyond amazing. You can finish eating a meal in nineteen minutes, you watch a game, you could talk to your friend in nineteen minutes, and life could change in mere nineteen minutes, as it did for those students in the Sterling High School.

The Pact

This story takes teenage love to the next level. Hartes and Golds lived next to each other for more than seventeen years. The duo became inseparable, their friends and families both knew about this closeness.  Everything was well, until one night, at midnight the hospital rings up to Emily is dead. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. When Chris wakes up in the hospital, he asks for Emily, his only love. But Emily is dead, and only Chris knows what happened. Was it murder or suicide Chris did not remember, all he remembered was that he was supposed to die with her.

Read it For:
Picoult’s way of writing has usually been romance oriented, but for this book, she departs from her well-understood turf to something more gripping and mysterious. She made an excellent book out this story.
Don't Read it For:
The story drags on after a point. Apart from this, the end seems to be extremely predictable.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a takes on a different theme and tone which departs from the genre Jodi usually writes in. Regardless, she created a masterpiece.

Plain Truth

The town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is beautiful and happy in its own way. But one day, the discovery of a dead infant shakes the entire town. With on-going police investigations, it is found that an eighteen-year-old unmarried Amish woman is the mother of the dead infant. However, the evidence is circumstantial. Ellie Hathaway, a big shot lawyer from the city, comes to the town to be the Amish woman’s attorney. The attorney is ready to defend her client and this where two cultures ruthlessly clash against each other. Amidst all of this, Ellie realizes this fight was very different than the world she was used to.

Read it For:
The story Plain Truth falls among the Jodi Picoult popular novels. The novel touches many sensitive topics, and the way is unraveling the mysterious events which eventually leads to the death of the baby is done brilliantly.
Don't Read it For:
The ending of the novel comes with some closures but with an immense amount of heartbreaking events.
What makes this book stand out?:
Jodi is a talented writer, her work with Plain Truth is the depiction of this.
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Handle With Care

The title fits the story perfectly. This is a story about a baby girl who was born with osteogenesis imperfect to Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe. The parents had only wished for a healthy baby, but their baby would grow with millions of breaking bones throughout her life. Their sleepless nights and the massive pile of medical bills made it hard for the couple to smile. Above all the pitying glances of the normal parents made them think of big “what-if-kind-of-situations.” But one day soon, the O’Keefe family realizes that what-ifs aren’t as important as what they have now.

Read it For:
The marvelous struggle of a family with their own child is excruciatingly painful, but important too. This book shows how obstacles can be overcome.
Don't Read it For:
The story is slow, and there aren’t many exciting instances to keep the reader busy.
What makes this book stand out?:
Jodi draws the reader into the dilemma faced by the mother. Furthermore, she shows the rare disease for how it actually is and what it does to people and their children.

House of Rule

This story deals with a teenager with the Asperger's syndrome, Jacob Hunt. Hunt is incapable of understanding social environments and totally incapable of saying what he feels. The intelligent boy loved the field of forensic analysis. He even helped the cops out many times. But one day when the police come to ask for help on a specific murder case, Jacob shows the signs of guilt. However, poor Jacob was only struggling to express himself.

Read it For:
This is one of the Jodi Picoult best book. The story keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing.
Don't Read it For:
The ending of the story seems too abrupt
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is masterfully written, yet another piece of the story about a rare disease and how it affects our lives from Jodi.

Change Of Heart

This book revolves around Shay and June. June’s life couldn’t be any better than the present. She was happy and looking forward to her life, but suddenly her life flipped and stopped. For Shay, life held no meaning, and there was nothing left for him. However, Shay’s last chance of redemption comes in the form of June’s little daughter. But there is a lot to be dealt with between June and Shay.

Read it For:
The novel is beautifully written and the events unfurl at the right moments.
Don't Read it For:
Change of Heart is a little hard to follow. And it has many biblical and religious references; some readers may not enjoy that.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is one of the best stories about love, redemption, and justice.

The Tenth Circle

The novel’s lead, Trixie is in love for the first time. Her life had been perfect! She was famous in school, she got straight As, and the was happy with her family. But her family seemed to flip in just a single day. Her beloved father, her hero, turned into someone she did not recognize. Her boyfriend, an evil man, who hid dark secrets from his family is now going to be the end of Trixie’s life.

Read it For:
A gripping story with well-built characters.
Don't Read it For:
The novel loses its spark midway through the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The originality of Jodi is apparent from her work with this

The Storyteller

Sage befriends an old man, who is a retired teacher and the coach for the Little League’s team. One day the old man asks Sage to kill him, utterly shocked Sage refuses. He then tells her that he is a Nazi SS officer and he should die. To make things even worse, Sage’s grandmother was a Holocaust survivor.

Read it For:
The story of friendship, which grew out of something entirely different. The struggle of a girl, who was trying to do the right this is most evident in this piece of work.
Don't Read it For:
The novel only has a few parts which kept the story going, other than that the book is nothing to be impressed of.
What makes this book stand out?:
Few parts of the Holocaust and the second part of the story are brilliantly done and make something out of the story.

Salem Falls

Jack St. Bede decides to make-over his personality. He buries his past and moves to the sleepy town of Salem Falls in New England. There he upholds his persona as a mysterious stranger. Addie becomes desperate for answers and begins digging around Jack’s lies and deceptions. A group of girls in the town noticed the newcomer and began hatching a plan. They blamed him, forcing Jack to reclaim his innocence.

Read it For:
This book delves into the matter of the Salem witches trial from a different perspective. Along with this, the story also sheds light on how the lives of teenagers and adults change with their sexuality’s darker side.
Don't Read it For:
This story has a dark air hanging around it, which differs from the usual fuzzy-warm feeling.
What makes this book stand out?:
Jodie sheds light on things from a different perspective.

Leaving Time

A daughter(Jenna) is wondered how her mother(Alice) who has been so deeply attached to elephants and knew what emotions mean, can leave her at the tender age of three. When she enters her teens, she begins her search for her mother. Her father (Thomas) has nothing to tell about her except her researches on elephants.

Read it For:
The magic Jodi Picoult has woven through her words keeping two things in mind one the elephants and second the relationship of daughter and mother.
Don't Read it For:
If fiction is not your current state of mind.
What makes this book stand out?:
It would be sufficient to say that the readers will never forget the emotions that are evitable in the species much different from humans.

Mercy

The Police Chief of Massachusetts (Cameroon) comes to the biggest dilemma of his life when he arrests his own cousin (Jamie) for killing his terminally ill wife. As he fights the case against his brother in the court he is engulfed by more and more questions: Does loving someone give us the responsibility of taking his/her life away even if it was painful?

Read it For:
The complexities of human relationships and emotions that tear apart a man.
Don't Read it For:
If you find emotions don’t have a role to play in the modern world.
What makes this book stand out?:
Jodi Picoult writes this immense emotional fiction all pouring out through her words.

Small Great Things

The book is a story of a Black Nurse (Ruth) who is charged of not saving a baby’s life.

Read it For:
The way a black lady comes out through the struggles.
Don't Read it For:
It might not be well accepted by a few Whites.
What makes this book stand out?:
The topic that requires an urgent attention is well brought to the public through this fiction.

Lone Wolf

A family is brought to verge of falling apart once they reveal their secrets. Cara is now well versed with her father’s (Luke) secret, her mother Georgia’s. If she comes to know her brother’s (Edward) secrets too she would be devastated.

Read it For:
What it makes to bind together a family –love, acceptance and letting go
Don't Read it For:
This book has much been criticized by readers claiming that the characters are much of a similar nature giving it a monotonous touch.
What makes this book stand out?:
The virtues to be learnt if you want hold together a family.

Perfect Match

A gut wrenching story of Nina, a female Prosecutor. She fights cases of Child Abuse every day. Much to her shock this time her son is the victim. What she does next is the story of her courage and sacrifice.

Read it For:
The suspense and thriller that John Picoult is known for
Don't Read it For:
If social issues as Child Abuse don’t bother you.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an engulfing book with much of research combined with human emotions,makinf it one of the best sellers of Jodi Picoult.

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