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The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

Topics: Prisoners, Allusive, Murder, Daughters, Miracles, New Hampshire, Death Penalty, Single Mothers, Corrupt Cops, United States of America, Dark, Family, Death, Crime, Child Abuse, Grief, Spirituality , Salvation, Emotional, Multiple Perspectives, Provocative, Sexual Abuse, and Heart Disease

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Great book. Couldn't put it down. Love all of her books so far. more
It lost me a little bit in some parts but overall it was great! i couldnt put it down. I kind of knew it would it like that. more
Excellent, couldn't put it down.more
Really good ?more
This was a "typical" Jodi Picoult novel. Interesting issue, difficult situation, sympathetic portrayal of people on various sides of it.

The problem was that this time out, it kind of felt as though she was just going through the motions. "Nineteen Minutes" and "My Sister's Keeper" had me by the throat. This one just kind of sat there.

I also had trouble with the way some of the plot was balanced on a knife's edge between rationality and mysticism, between Christianity (?) and a secular outlook. It didn't make me think -- it was just kind of there, like a plot device.

I also saw the "surprise twist" coming from almost the beginning of the book. And even that wasn't worked through in a compelling way. The mother who was so twisted by hate for the murderer of her second husband and daughter is suddenly sitting thinking, "Yeah, well, I gues that _could_ have been going on." It had felt as though she had far too great an emotional investment in the idea of her husband's saintliness to have really considered what she was told.

So, to me, it felt as though Jodi phoned this one in. I think that she needs to take a break from her book-a-year pace or try something completely different. The mothers and fathers and kids and helpful others (lawyer, priest, whatever) are starting to blur together. It feels like a band that's had a top hit that then records a song that's almost the same thing just to have another bestselling record.more
It's what the new John Grisham (The Appeal) book should of been.more
I had read another book in between but finished this book yesterday. Overall a good read. Typical Picoult. I liked it that we could see issues from different perspectives. Very interesting. I also wrote while reading that this book reminded me of another book by Jodi Picoult. I think it is Keeping Faith? It was nice to see a little bit of that book, one persona coming back. Reminds me of Stephen King. ;)more
This wasn't bad, overall. However, it was a pretty obvious rip-off of "The Green Mile." That will definitely make me think twice before reading another of Ms. Picoult's books.more
Recommend it highly. Don't want to give anything away here. But if you like mysticism, early Christianity before the Orthodox Church edited out several "extra" Gospels that didn't fit the official biblical patterns, death penalty questions of morality, etc., then you will like this very well researched book.more
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to spending many years filled with laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as barren and empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for her wounds to heal, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for an impossible miracle.For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance at salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.Would you give up your desire for vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true even if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and I give this book an A+!Jodi Picoult is a new author for me although I have seen the television adaptation of The Tenth Circle, which is another of Jodi Picoult's books that was made into a movie about two years ago. I have three more of Jodi Picoult's books on my bookshelf - Handle With Care, House Rules and My Sister's Keeper - all four books by Jodi Picoult, I picked up from this most recent Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to on Saturday.more
I know that Picoult writes in a rather formulaic manner, much as Grisham does but I like most of her books and this one was no different. The subject matter was a bit dark about organ donation and also about the death penalty. But I found it to be well written and I liked it enough to rate it a 4 star read.more
In the same week that I read Change of Heart, I watched Curse of the Golden flower. The book, like the movie was lush with description and prettiness. But the plot, ugh. I like my soap opera like plots limited to my Korean dramas. I look for more highbrow and complexity in my books and movies - but, like this week, I'm often disappointed.more
Book review by Annie B., posted by CA Library:"Spoiler Alert! Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult was a plot twisting novel. The story starts off with a young woman, June, reminiscing about her past. Her daughter being raped and killed. Her soon to be husband and longtime police officer shot. The man responsible for their deaths, was once trusted with the victims house key. His name is Shay Bourne, and was working as their handyman during the final days leading up to the murder. As his trail awaits, his jury is selected. On it is a young priest, by the name of Michael; who has will soon take place as the leader in deciding the defense’s verdict.Shay Bourne is sentenced to the death penalty. He awaits the execution on the I-Tier of the local state prison. Ever since Shay has been placed, super natural occurrences have taken place on this tier. An inmate with AIDs is cured, the tap water in the inmate’s water systems is replaced with wine, birds and even an inmate is brought back to life.Eleven years into the madness, as Shay still awaits his execution, he learns that the sister of his young victim is in need of a heart transplant. As Bourne is now just months away from his lethal injection, he decides to volunteer as a donor. The only problem is the manor of the execution. He is planned to receive a lethal injection designed to directly stop his heart.Over all, this book was okay. It would be good for someone interested in court or in prison life. The book was fairly slow moving for a typical Jodi Picoult book. Some court referencing can be confusing at some points. If I had to rate this book out of five stars, I would give it a three. It is nothing compared to other books by this author. If you are looking for a good Jodi Picoult book, I would recommend Nineteen Minutes. Nineteen Minutes is about a school shooting much like Columbine. It shows everyone’s side of the story, including friends, parents of the defendant, and even the defendant himself."more
Typical Piccoult book, taking a controversy and creating characters to explain various sides and points of view. This time a convicted murderer wants to donate his heart to someone who needs him. He's on death row and will die anyway, so should he be allowed to chose his time and means of death to allow someone else to live? Somewhat entertaining, but nothing outstanding.more
Tears will shed by the end! This story is interesting on many levels, and makes you believe a person can truely change for the better.more
Truly gets you thinking. Highly recommendedmore
I listened to this book on a car trip to Georgia and was totally unimpressed. The religious aspect was so pervasive that I often felt like I was attending Religion 101. I also was not a bit surprised by the ending or anything else. The novel totally follows Ms. Picoult's usual formula. I've just got to stop reading her books!more
Sadly one of the very few books I have given up on - I quickly found I was forcing my self to read it rather than wanting to read more. I'm not entirely sure why except the voices did nothing for me, I couldnt seem to care or find anything to hold onto. I may try again - I think its a story that probably deserves to be read - just need the right head space for it.more
You have to love a book that you finish and you can't stop thinking about it. This book makes you think about "religion", forgiveness, our justice system and the death penalty. Funny thing is that from the beginning I knew exactly what happened between Shay, Kurt and Elizabeth. There were clues. When I got very close to finishing the book I almost didn't want to finish it because I knew what the outcome would be and I didn't want to face it. I was lucky that I have never read Stephen King's "The Green Mile". So many reviews suggest that this book seems a lot like that book. Guess I'll have to read it now to decide for myself.more
A good read, like all of Picoult's books. But, like all of Picoult's books, follows her pattern of storyline and I sort of figured out what was happening pretty early on. Enjoyable, well-written, and interesting concepts in here.... but all without that WOW moment that I had when I read the first book I decided to try by her (which just happened to be The Pact).more
This book was good. It certainly isn't my favorite Picoult, but I enjoyed it. The storyline seemed a little sloppy and rushed, especially towards the conclusion. It was interesting enough to keep my attention, and I thought that the character of Maggie Bloom is one of the best characters that I have seen in any Picoult novel.more
This was a very interesting book. It kept me interested the whole way throught with the storyline. Shay Bourne was thought to be a monster for killing two people, June's husband and daughter, but he truly isn't. He was tring to save Elizabeth from her father. When June realizes this, everything changes. She accepts Shay's heart to save Claire, her other daughter who is needs a heart transplant, or else she will die. All Shay wants is to donate his heart, because its what he NEEDS to do in order to die in peace. This was a very good book that has a very interesting plot and sequence of events.more
I enjoyed Maggie, the attorney, most of all of the characters but the interaction among Michael and others was interesting.more
New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult captivates readers with her new novel, Change of Heart. June Nealon is forced to make a life changing decision. Her daughter, Claire, is desperately waiting for a new heart. The man that wants to donate his heart to this little girl is the same man who is on death row for killing June’s second husband and first born daughter. Picoult definitely knows how to tug at her readers’ heartstrings. Her first husband dies in a car crash and her second husband is brutally murdered along with her daughter. One word of advice to future readers of this book who can get emotional: have tissues ready. On a more positive note, the story seemed to move quickly because of how the author creatively switches viewpoints with each chapter. It allows readers to know more about each character and is also a good change of pace. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone looking for a good cry or is interested in the topics of the death penalty and organ donation. Dani T.more
An intriguing moral conflict put before the reader, as in this novel, should make an insightful interesting read. However, I am bored by its presentation and cannot summon the desire to finish it.more
I’ve read seven books by Jodi Picoult at the last count, and on closing each one I’ve decided that it’s probably the last. Partly because there’s something redeeming about each book, and partly because my mother-in-law keeps lending them to me, I keep reading (for the record, I thought Vanishing Acts and Salem Falls were the best of the bunch, with My Sister’s Keeper being a promising topper to the list, only to fall short).Over the course of these seven books, I’ve been unable to decide whether her tendency to rework other people’s plotlines or stories is annoying and lazy, or adds another interesting layer to each work. At least it isn’t straight-up plagiarism, she always picks another angle, but something about it doesn’t sit right with me. Then there’s the fact that each book has at least one character who plays like a stereotype, and at least one that rings out like a true soul, someone you actually feel like you’ve met. Picoult’s plots are sometimes predictable, but my reaction to reading her never is, which is perhaps why I keep at it.Change of Heart was readable, but too flawed to properly enjoy. For one thing, it’s stuffed full of research. Very commendable, but not very readable; she made good use of the Gnostic faith, but Michael did not work as a Catholic Priest, even before he had his crisis of faith(s), and even though the reader is left with the understanding that Shay Bourne did not actually perform miracles (one or two were left unexplained, so we’re left with an unreliable author rather than an unreliable narrator – irritating!), the Green Mile reworking was utterly distracting. Lucius, the prison inmate with AIDS, was a whole and complete character, whose every chapter I found absorbing and too short, but unfortunately outshone the ‘Messiah’, Shay Bourne. Don’t get me started on the Jewish Bridget Jones.Its biggest problem, though, was that the entire premise was a tad too preposterous, and Picoult didn’t do anything to get her readers to even unbuckle their disbelief, never mind suspend it.more
Interesting concept. A light read.more
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Great book. Couldn't put it down. Love all of her books so far. more
It lost me a little bit in some parts but overall it was great! i couldnt put it down. I kind of knew it would it like that. more
Excellent, couldn't put it down.more
Really good ?more
This was a "typical" Jodi Picoult novel. Interesting issue, difficult situation, sympathetic portrayal of people on various sides of it.

The problem was that this time out, it kind of felt as though she was just going through the motions. "Nineteen Minutes" and "My Sister's Keeper" had me by the throat. This one just kind of sat there.

I also had trouble with the way some of the plot was balanced on a knife's edge between rationality and mysticism, between Christianity (?) and a secular outlook. It didn't make me think -- it was just kind of there, like a plot device.

I also saw the "surprise twist" coming from almost the beginning of the book. And even that wasn't worked through in a compelling way. The mother who was so twisted by hate for the murderer of her second husband and daughter is suddenly sitting thinking, "Yeah, well, I gues that _could_ have been going on." It had felt as though she had far too great an emotional investment in the idea of her husband's saintliness to have really considered what she was told.

So, to me, it felt as though Jodi phoned this one in. I think that she needs to take a break from her book-a-year pace or try something completely different. The mothers and fathers and kids and helpful others (lawyer, priest, whatever) are starting to blur together. It feels like a band that's had a top hit that then records a song that's almost the same thing just to have another bestselling record.more
It's what the new John Grisham (The Appeal) book should of been.more
I had read another book in between but finished this book yesterday. Overall a good read. Typical Picoult. I liked it that we could see issues from different perspectives. Very interesting. I also wrote while reading that this book reminded me of another book by Jodi Picoult. I think it is Keeping Faith? It was nice to see a little bit of that book, one persona coming back. Reminds me of Stephen King. ;)more
This wasn't bad, overall. However, it was a pretty obvious rip-off of "The Green Mile." That will definitely make me think twice before reading another of Ms. Picoult's books.more
Recommend it highly. Don't want to give anything away here. But if you like mysticism, early Christianity before the Orthodox Church edited out several "extra" Gospels that didn't fit the official biblical patterns, death penalty questions of morality, etc., then you will like this very well researched book.more
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to spending many years filled with laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as barren and empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for her wounds to heal, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for an impossible miracle.For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance at salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.Would you give up your desire for vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true even if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and I give this book an A+!Jodi Picoult is a new author for me although I have seen the television adaptation of The Tenth Circle, which is another of Jodi Picoult's books that was made into a movie about two years ago. I have three more of Jodi Picoult's books on my bookshelf - Handle With Care, House Rules and My Sister's Keeper - all four books by Jodi Picoult, I picked up from this most recent Library Book Sale that Mareena and I went to on Saturday.more
I know that Picoult writes in a rather formulaic manner, much as Grisham does but I like most of her books and this one was no different. The subject matter was a bit dark about organ donation and also about the death penalty. But I found it to be well written and I liked it enough to rate it a 4 star read.more
In the same week that I read Change of Heart, I watched Curse of the Golden flower. The book, like the movie was lush with description and prettiness. But the plot, ugh. I like my soap opera like plots limited to my Korean dramas. I look for more highbrow and complexity in my books and movies - but, like this week, I'm often disappointed.more
Book review by Annie B., posted by CA Library:"Spoiler Alert! Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult was a plot twisting novel. The story starts off with a young woman, June, reminiscing about her past. Her daughter being raped and killed. Her soon to be husband and longtime police officer shot. The man responsible for their deaths, was once trusted with the victims house key. His name is Shay Bourne, and was working as their handyman during the final days leading up to the murder. As his trail awaits, his jury is selected. On it is a young priest, by the name of Michael; who has will soon take place as the leader in deciding the defense’s verdict.Shay Bourne is sentenced to the death penalty. He awaits the execution on the I-Tier of the local state prison. Ever since Shay has been placed, super natural occurrences have taken place on this tier. An inmate with AIDs is cured, the tap water in the inmate’s water systems is replaced with wine, birds and even an inmate is brought back to life.Eleven years into the madness, as Shay still awaits his execution, he learns that the sister of his young victim is in need of a heart transplant. As Bourne is now just months away from his lethal injection, he decides to volunteer as a donor. The only problem is the manor of the execution. He is planned to receive a lethal injection designed to directly stop his heart.Over all, this book was okay. It would be good for someone interested in court or in prison life. The book was fairly slow moving for a typical Jodi Picoult book. Some court referencing can be confusing at some points. If I had to rate this book out of five stars, I would give it a three. It is nothing compared to other books by this author. If you are looking for a good Jodi Picoult book, I would recommend Nineteen Minutes. Nineteen Minutes is about a school shooting much like Columbine. It shows everyone’s side of the story, including friends, parents of the defendant, and even the defendant himself."more
Typical Piccoult book, taking a controversy and creating characters to explain various sides and points of view. This time a convicted murderer wants to donate his heart to someone who needs him. He's on death row and will die anyway, so should he be allowed to chose his time and means of death to allow someone else to live? Somewhat entertaining, but nothing outstanding.more
Tears will shed by the end! This story is interesting on many levels, and makes you believe a person can truely change for the better.more
Truly gets you thinking. Highly recommendedmore
I listened to this book on a car trip to Georgia and was totally unimpressed. The religious aspect was so pervasive that I often felt like I was attending Religion 101. I also was not a bit surprised by the ending or anything else. The novel totally follows Ms. Picoult's usual formula. I've just got to stop reading her books!more
Sadly one of the very few books I have given up on - I quickly found I was forcing my self to read it rather than wanting to read more. I'm not entirely sure why except the voices did nothing for me, I couldnt seem to care or find anything to hold onto. I may try again - I think its a story that probably deserves to be read - just need the right head space for it.more
You have to love a book that you finish and you can't stop thinking about it. This book makes you think about "religion", forgiveness, our justice system and the death penalty. Funny thing is that from the beginning I knew exactly what happened between Shay, Kurt and Elizabeth. There were clues. When I got very close to finishing the book I almost didn't want to finish it because I knew what the outcome would be and I didn't want to face it. I was lucky that I have never read Stephen King's "The Green Mile". So many reviews suggest that this book seems a lot like that book. Guess I'll have to read it now to decide for myself.more
A good read, like all of Picoult's books. But, like all of Picoult's books, follows her pattern of storyline and I sort of figured out what was happening pretty early on. Enjoyable, well-written, and interesting concepts in here.... but all without that WOW moment that I had when I read the first book I decided to try by her (which just happened to be The Pact).more
This book was good. It certainly isn't my favorite Picoult, but I enjoyed it. The storyline seemed a little sloppy and rushed, especially towards the conclusion. It was interesting enough to keep my attention, and I thought that the character of Maggie Bloom is one of the best characters that I have seen in any Picoult novel.more
This was a very interesting book. It kept me interested the whole way throught with the storyline. Shay Bourne was thought to be a monster for killing two people, June's husband and daughter, but he truly isn't. He was tring to save Elizabeth from her father. When June realizes this, everything changes. She accepts Shay's heart to save Claire, her other daughter who is needs a heart transplant, or else she will die. All Shay wants is to donate his heart, because its what he NEEDS to do in order to die in peace. This was a very good book that has a very interesting plot and sequence of events.more
I enjoyed Maggie, the attorney, most of all of the characters but the interaction among Michael and others was interesting.more
New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult captivates readers with her new novel, Change of Heart. June Nealon is forced to make a life changing decision. Her daughter, Claire, is desperately waiting for a new heart. The man that wants to donate his heart to this little girl is the same man who is on death row for killing June’s second husband and first born daughter. Picoult definitely knows how to tug at her readers’ heartstrings. Her first husband dies in a car crash and her second husband is brutally murdered along with her daughter. One word of advice to future readers of this book who can get emotional: have tissues ready. On a more positive note, the story seemed to move quickly because of how the author creatively switches viewpoints with each chapter. It allows readers to know more about each character and is also a good change of pace. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I would also recommend this book to anyone looking for a good cry or is interested in the topics of the death penalty and organ donation. Dani T.more
An intriguing moral conflict put before the reader, as in this novel, should make an insightful interesting read. However, I am bored by its presentation and cannot summon the desire to finish it.more
I’ve read seven books by Jodi Picoult at the last count, and on closing each one I’ve decided that it’s probably the last. Partly because there’s something redeeming about each book, and partly because my mother-in-law keeps lending them to me, I keep reading (for the record, I thought Vanishing Acts and Salem Falls were the best of the bunch, with My Sister’s Keeper being a promising topper to the list, only to fall short).Over the course of these seven books, I’ve been unable to decide whether her tendency to rework other people’s plotlines or stories is annoying and lazy, or adds another interesting layer to each work. At least it isn’t straight-up plagiarism, she always picks another angle, but something about it doesn’t sit right with me. Then there’s the fact that each book has at least one character who plays like a stereotype, and at least one that rings out like a true soul, someone you actually feel like you’ve met. Picoult’s plots are sometimes predictable, but my reaction to reading her never is, which is perhaps why I keep at it.Change of Heart was readable, but too flawed to properly enjoy. For one thing, it’s stuffed full of research. Very commendable, but not very readable; she made good use of the Gnostic faith, but Michael did not work as a Catholic Priest, even before he had his crisis of faith(s), and even though the reader is left with the understanding that Shay Bourne did not actually perform miracles (one or two were left unexplained, so we’re left with an unreliable author rather than an unreliable narrator – irritating!), the Green Mile reworking was utterly distracting. Lucius, the prison inmate with AIDS, was a whole and complete character, whose every chapter I found absorbing and too short, but unfortunately outshone the ‘Messiah’, Shay Bourne. Don’t get me started on the Jewish Bridget Jones.Its biggest problem, though, was that the entire premise was a tad too preposterous, and Picoult didn’t do anything to get her readers to even unbuckle their disbelief, never mind suspend it.more
Interesting concept. A light read.more
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