Monday, August 31, 2009

#BookReview: Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult

As the saying goes, “There are three sides to every story - your side, my side and the truth.” Jodi Picoult is the master of giving reader’s every side of the story and letting them decide their own truth. Change of Heart is the story of a mother; her child, who is in desperate need of a new heart; and a heart donor that just happens to be the same man that killed their husband/father and daughter/sister.

It’s been 11 years since Shay Bourne was convicted of the double homicide of Kevin and Elizabeth Nealon. Sitting on Death Row, he decides that the only way to redeem himself is to donate his heart to Claire Nealon. Her mother, June, struggles with the fact that while she doesn’t want to accept anything from this man that’s taken so much away from her; he may in fact be her daughter’s only hope for survival.

When small miracles start to happen on Death Row, the question of just who Shay is comes into question. Told by Lucius, the HIV-positive inmate whose cell sits next to Shay’s; Father Michael, Shay’s spiritual who just happened to sit on the jury that convicted him 11 years prior; Maggie, Shay’s ACLU attorney; and Shay himself; this story draws you in and makes you question what you would do if you found yourself in the same situation.
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