Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

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Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

By | December 2012
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Name: Jasmine Chan Date: 26-7-12 Summer holiday book report
|Book Title: |Change of Heart |[pic] | |Author: |Jodi Picoult | | |Publisher: |Atria Books | |

Plot summary:
June’s daughter, Claire, needed a heart transplant. However, it was Shay, a man on death row for killing the rest of June’s family years ago, who wanted to donate his. After a grim, life-and-death struggle and careful consideration, June accepted Shay’s “grand” offer grudgingly, so Claire’s life was saved.

Commentary:
Before reading the book’s brief introduction, the words “change of heart” gave me the impression that this book is about a person suffering from heart failure and had to get a heart transplant from an unknown donor just like so many others did. After reading the blurb, I discovered that this is not the case. Actually, the plot is very special and the issue is very controversial and worth discussing so I started reading this book. I have to assure everyone that this book is a page-turner that impels readers to read towards the very last page.

Would you fulfil your enemy’s dying wish to save the life of somebody you love? In this novel, Jodi Picoult delves into questions of vengeance, mercy, salvation and redemption by exploring the rage of June who already lost a daughter, the bitterness of Shay the criminal on death row and the fate of a critically-ill child to force them to think about a question: “Can even the most understandable thirst of vengeance be squashed if it means saving someone you love?” In my opinion, as there is an old saying : What’s done, is done, I think June should forgive or at least put aside Shay’s wrongdoings and accept his kind offer because this would be an act of forgiving...
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