Audio. It was good, but hard to follow. Lots of characters, and all over the place in time/chronology with all the different characters made it really hard to follow. I don‘t even know if the hostage situation was finished or how it finished! There were a couple of interesting twists that I hadn‘t expected. I could have done without the abortion descriptions. Good parts: I learned a few things, an interesting author‘s note at the end.
The topic in this book is very important & I give kudos to Picoult for tackling it & doing an impressive amount of research for both sides. 3.5 stars. I didn‘t see where telling the story backwards added much to the story & think it could‘ve been more intriguing if it had been told chronologically. The Author‘s Note was very informative.
Thank you, Misty! Got the package you sent me today. I've been meaning to try out a Jodi Picoult novel for some time now and this one looks interesting. I also love the little book of dream-based quotes. I'll pull it out for a boost when things feel difficult. I hope you and your family are having a joyous holiday season. #happyholidays #litsylove #bookmail
‘But we can‘t make policies based on religion when religion means different things to different people......You can decide the ethical value that has for you, based on your own relationship with God but the POLICIES around basic human rights with regard to reproduction shouldn‘t be up for interpretation‘
This book was a very heavy read, also trigger warnings for abortion and rape before you go into this book. I did enjoy this book, it kept my interest and it did make me feel deeply. The one thing I did not like about this book was that it went backwards. Other than that, a very deep read, and had some amazing passages. Also had a lot of good points on both sides of abortion. I love an author that can stay objective. 4/5 stars
I was floored with how many controversial issues and perspectives were part of the plot in this book! Very human stories, both heartbreaking and up lifting at the same time. This is a great read for people on both sides of the issues of abortion, gun control, and raising children.
Book 110 I listenend to A Spark of Light, Picoult's commendable, "light"-shining on abortion law, human rights, and violence perpetrated by some in the pro-life community. Confusing as an audiobook, the entire story is set on one day, out of chronological order. Though the characters didn't lack depth, they didn't inspire engagement, either.
This was my first time reading a Jodi Picoult novel. Although the book had a great plot, I only gave it 3 stars because it was told in a way that made it extremely hard to focus on it. Besides the fact that there were numerous characters that you had to keep up with, the story was also told backwards which made it extremely confusing. I would read another Picoult book as long as it was written without the backward story line.
This took me a while to get into. The backward story line had me confused until I found the rhythm and could follow it more easily. The story is a powerful one of choice, faith and controversy which tugs at the reader‘s heartstrings for a number of reasons. There is never a valid reason to rampage anywhere, let alone through an abortion clinic which is full of women making difficult decisions, and the author tackled the subject respectfully.
I usually enjoy Jodi Picoult‘s novels, mostly because of her ability to confront a variety of controversial subject matter. But this one, about a shooter at an abortion clinic, was just a miss for me. This audiobook really dragged, maybe because of the reverse timeline, or maybe for other reasons that I can‘t put my finger on. Regardless, definitely not my favorite of hers.
This book wasn‘t a favorite but I definitely applaud the author for taking on a subject as political and religious as abortion for the center stage of the story. Very well researched and good story. I wasn‘t a fan of the backward story telling and found myself not interested in the middle parts of the book but just getting through so I could read the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This thought provoking story is based at the only women‘s health clinic in Mississippi where fifteen year old Wren has been brought to the clinic to get the birth control pill when a gunman breaks in and takes the staff and the patients hostage. The story allows us to hear everyone‘s back story at the clinic that day including Wren‘s father Hugh a police negotiator who finds himself negotiating with the gunman to save his daughters life.
I didn't like the writing style of this book, Jodi Picoult didn't write chronologically and it forced me to work harder at keeping the stories straight. It was interesting. The story itself is powerful and extremely relevant to the climate of today.
Sometimes you just need to have a good cry and feel like you‘ve been pulled through a wringer. Picoult does it again. She created characters that were relatable in a circumstance that hits all of the buttons. It wasn‘t my favourite of hers, but still a good read. She is just such a great storyteller who is fearless when it comes to tackling hard subjects. 🌟🌟🌟1/2
Picoult tackles a tough subject, but covers both sides well. I think it‘s great how we see the viewpoints of a diverse cast of characters and got to see how their beliefs and choices led them all to the same place, even if for very different reasons. As she says in her note, the lives of women are a thousand shades of gray. Sensitive subject covered well.
Just wasn't quite sure about this one, I found it abit too preachy and I got bored as it was very repetitive. I did love the relationship between the daughters and their fathers though, reminded me of my dad and me ❤
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At the moment when the egg merges with sperm, there is a spark of light signifying the magic of human conception. I find that hopeful thinking that we humans begin as sparks of #lights