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Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

To write about Jodi Picoult's life would be very difficult, as she has lived many lives. How?, you ask. Through her books, her characters. But, when Jodi Picoult isn't immersed in writing or reading, this is her life. She was born on May 19, 1966 in Long Island, New York. At five years old, she wrote a short story, her first ever, called “The Lobster who misunderstood”. After receiving an F in fourth grade on a story, Jodi Picoult decided to become a write. That’s what I admire about her most, that even though her teacher gave her the worst possible grade, she decided, not to ignore that teacher, but to defy her, to rebel. That was the moment she said, “I’m going to be a writer”. In 1987, Jodi Picoult graduated from Princeton. She later became an 8th grade English teacher and got married to Timothy Van Leer. After leaving to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard, Jodi Picoult began working on her first book, “Songs of the Humpback Whale”. Publisher after publisher rejected her but, Jodi Picoult never gave up. Finally, her book was published. Jodi Picoult gave birth to her son, Kyle, a little while after. Her latest book is called “Leaving Time” and was published last year (2014). This is just a short glimpse into her life. like I said before, She has many lives and infinite adventures without leaving the comfort of her house. I’m on a mission to read all of her books so I can experience love, loss, and forgiveness. Because that’s what Jodi Picoult does. She opens up whole new worlds for people without asking anything in return. That’s what a book is, a short glimpse into another life. Who couldn’t want to do that? Anyway, this is her life, or part of it.

AttributionsBetween the LinesBaker and Taylor images are included in my project under the fair use exemption and are restricted from further use.Vanishing ActsBaker and Taylor images are included in my project under the fair use exemption and are restricted from further use.My Sister’s KeeperBaker and Taylor images are included in my project under the fair use exemption and are restricted from further use.The StorytellerBaker and Taylor images are included in my project under the fair use exemption and are restricted from further use.Jodi Picoult Photo“Jodi Picoult.” Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Feb. 2015Jodi Picoult Info“Jodi Picoult.” Newsmakers Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Feb. 2015

This book was amazing. The story line was very unique. Jodi Picoult writes realistically so she always leaves me wondering is this based off of something true. Most of her books have to do with court cases. This book is one of the reasons I want to become a lawyer when I grow up. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to know what would happen to Andrew and the truth about the kidnapping. When I read the very last sentence, I was shocked. That one sentence summarized up the whole book. It explained why what happened, happened. I was literally, immobile for 10 minutes absorbing the book. It had such a huge impact on me. Of course, my dad didn't kidnap me, but when Jodi Picoult writes, she makes you "become" the characters. Magicians use misdirection when they do the tricks. You could figure out a trick if you looked in the right place, but they direct you to another place. That is what Andrew did to hide Deliah. I just read a book called "Nearly Gone". It had the same theme as Vanishing Acts. The girl in the book was just looking in the wrong place and that almost got her killed. Everyone was looking for Deliah in the wrong place which is why they couldn't find her. I would definitely read this book again. It was so good. I would recommend it to anyone, but some people may not like the way it's written. I thought it was good though.

I loved this book. It is definitely one of my favorites. The story goes way deeper, that only a family dealing with a child with cancer could understand. It is so sad. I couldn't cry because I was in such shock at the end of the book. The author took a lot of time and put lots of work in the book. She actually went and interviewed kids with cancer and their families. She described the medical problems and went into in-depth explanations on the subject instead of just touching the subject. I can't know how Anna and Kate and everyone else were thinking. Other people can relate to this book because they have had or known someone who had cancer. My grandpa had mouth cancer, but that is not as serious as leukemia. He couldn't die from it and My grandpa caused the cancer by smoking, Kate did not. There was no right choice. Anna deserved medical emaciation, but that meant Kate would die. Whatever Anna was going to choose no one can know. She died before we could find out. I think that Anna would have given Kate the kidney though. Right before the car crash, Anna was thinking in ten years, she wanted to be Kate's sister. Then the book switched POV's and Brian found Anna dead in the car. The only other book that I can relate this to is The Fault in our Stars. It had to do with cancer. Life was unfair to everyone in both books. I really have no idea which book is more sad. They are both good reads abut battling cancer. I think everyone should read My Sister's Keeper. It is worth it.

Once I opened up this book, I couldn't close it. It was super good. Jodi Picoult has a way of mixing words together to create a work of art. She lets the reader visualize what she writes. In the book Between the Lines, the plot is that the characters are trying to escape from the book. When you open the book, the characters have to act as if they are in a play. The book closes and they go back to life in the book until it opens again. The whole time I read this book, I kept thinking are the characters really trapped inside? Do they want to get out of the book? This idea has stayed with me ever since I read it. Now, every time I open up a new book I think exactly that. It's as if Between the Lines is haunting me like a constant shadow because every time I read something new, I think of this book. Jodi Picoult wrote this book with her daughter which I think makes the book even more special because most authors don't write books with their kids. Between the Lines reminds me of fairy tales. The book goes back and forth from the story that Prince Oliver is trapped in and the conversations that him and Delilah have. (It's kind of confusing, you have to read the book to understand.) So in the fairy tale parts, it's the classic story: Prince saves the princess and they live happily ever after. There were also pictures to go with those parts. Overall, I LOVE this book and it will stay with me forever. I think that the writers jumped not knowing if they would make it to the other side. But they did because it turned out amazing.

This book was just amazing. The story and characters literally brought me to tears. Handle with Care is not to be read in public because you will cry. This story is just so utterly heart-wrenching you want to both kill and marry is at the same time. Before I read this book, I had never heard of oseogenesis impperfecta. It is a disease that causes your bones to act like glass. Even the simplest task such as sitting down can cause millions of fractures throughout the body. When you have OI, your whole life is a dare, you're constantly living on the edge, but it will never feel like that. You have to be careful every second that you're in motion to stay whole. Willow, the girl diagnosed with OI, taught me so many things I could never have learned anywhere else. While I was reading, it felt like she was sitting there beside me constantly stating random facts (you have to read it to understand). When she cried, I sobbed. When she fractured her bones, I broke mine, when she laughed, I chortled. Willow is probably the bravest little girl I know. Amelia her sister is just as brave though. She has to constantly live in Willow's shadow. Between trips to the E.R and doctor appointments, Amelia is forgotten. Even more so, when the family runs out of money and sues Willow's doctor for letting her live. Jodi Picoult is like no other writer, her stories are real and alive. The only one I can think of is Letting Ana Go. That story is written very differently, but it made me learn and rethink things I thought were set in stone. I'm not saying that other books are horrible (because they aren't)I'm saying that this book is not just a book. It is a real, living thing. I know that because I will always remember this story.

Kendra Givens


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