I would reccomend this book. Did this book change me stance? No. This book did bring up questions that I looked into. This book supports my stance that you don't have to agree with someone to be kind. You can hear an opinion without getting heated.
Although I enjoyed this book, I can see why it has a lot of bad reviews. Picoult does not try to hide her personal opinion regarding this controversial issue. I did really enjoy this book until the end. There are A LOT of developed characters, so I was frustrated that not all of their outcomes were as clearly detailed as others.
We had a fantastic discussion today about a very controversial topic. I have tremendously enjoyed the conversation today with the ladies of the LitsyBookClub. Join us in May for “The Alice Network“.
This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but it‘s a pick because overall I think the story serves its purpose well and I was continuously engaged in that story. I had some frustrations with the backwards timeline, especially through the middle, but I could see the value of that method in how certain topics were discussed later and the way key points were revealed towards the end.
This starts in the middle of things and then backs up hour by hour. It felt more like a gimmick than an effective format, and by the end I was just sort of annoyed that I kept reading. A couple of moments of brilliance, but overall not one I'd recommend.
I found this book incredibly engaging and unputdownable, but the backwards timeline was confusing and the author tried to put every single issue into the narrative and therefore the storytelling felt artificial.
And while this book tried to be a feminist novel, I really disliked the “daddy‘s little (pure) princess” undertones.
I loved this book. Reproductive freedom is something I‘ve always felt very strongly about and I‘ve researched it going back to classical antiquity. I‘m always looking for more on the subject. This book shows both perspectives. One day we women will not have to fight anymore for what is ours! #prochoice
Women had been property. Their chastity had always belonged to a man, until abortion and contraception put control of women‘s sexuality in the women‘s hands. If women could have sex without the fear of unwanted pregnancy, then suddenly the man‘s role had shrunk to a level somewhere between unnecessary and vestigial. So instead, men vilified women who had abortions. They created the stigma: good women want to be mothers, bad women don‘t.
Holy you know what!!! It has been a long time since I read such an emotionally charged book. I loved it!! I haven‘t read Jodi Picoult in a long time, but now I remember why I like her books so much.
I just about killed my self at boxing class just now, so my reward will be to go to the library book sale and then to read this gem!
Started this one today for the @litsybookclub it sure starts out big!
Suddenly the woman‘s eyes blinked open, a lucid and lovely sea green. “You‘ve come to get me, haven‘t you?” she said, smiling softly.
“Oh no,” Izzy replied. “you‘re not going for any tests tonight.”
The woman moved her head inperceptibly. “I‘m not talking to you, honey,”! she said, her gaze fixed somewhere over Izzy‘s shoulder. A moment later, the woman died.
There‘s this customer at work who reads after she‘s gambled her limit and waits for her husband to finish. She was reading this and got me intrigued. A man shoots up an abortion clinic. Structurally, I wanted to know what this story looked like told forwards and not backwards. It‘s easy I think for us to know which side of the abortion issue we‘re on and what banner we carry but we forget how we‘re all just imperfect human beings first. I 👇🏼
Gosh dang it, Jodi Picoult!!! Please stop ripping my heart out and tell me what happens!!!
I don‘t read Jodi Picoult books often, but when I do, I expect an emotional roller coaster. Unfortunately, for me, that wasn‘t what I found in this book. A Spark of Light is obviously a well researched and thought provoking story; however it almost felt like facts were being thrown at me so often that I couldn‘t develop a connection with the characters. I‘m also not quite sure how I feel about timeline. Overall, this was an ok read for me.
I was so disappointed in this book! She has such a gift in taking hard topics, & creating strong characters who represent all opinions. Here, the pro-choice agenda was the view of the rational characters & others were dismissed as misguided zealous protesters. The unbalanced presentation of this topic by Picoult is political, surprising & disturbing. I like it when she leaves it up to the reader to decide.
I have mixed feelings about this latest Picoult novel, which I listened to on audio. Though Picoult always chooses important issues and articulates the arguments on both sides clearly, I did feel that A Spark of Light does so at the expense of its characters, who feel more like symbols than real people. And their conversation/thoughts are sometimes more short essays on both sides of the abortion debate than examples of authentic dialogue.
This book took me a long time, much longer than most. I'm a huge fan of Picoult primarily for the fact that she explores topics most of us don't bring up in polite conversation. I have always been a staunch Pro Choice supporter. I visited Planned Parenthood regularly in my teens and 20s for birth control and pelvic exams. This book took me out of my comfort zone. It forced me to look at things from all sorts of pov's. I give this ☆☆☆☆☆
Wow. How does Jodi Picoult do it? She takes a sensitive, highly controversial topic and allows you to empathize and see both sides of the issue. Of course, you have to go into this pretty open-minded. Pro-choice, pro-life..abortion is a tough subject matter. Picoult tackles it with grace and earned my admiration for her writing once again.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book - and what a book to start with! I can see why the reviews have been so extreme, it‘s a very emotive subject. And writing a book backwards needs some getting used to - but I liked it. It was interesting to see what happened and gradually find out the motivations of the characters. It‘s quite a balanced view of abortion too, and the authors note at the end was as interesting as the rest of the book, in my opinion
This book's content was interesting, but I wasn't terribly fond of the presentation. The story played out in reverse and was a bit awkward and confusing at times. The author's note at the end was probably the best part. In it Picoult offers some very interesting arguments regarding the social complexities that surround the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate.