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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Dealing with the past

Before I begin, I have to say that I'm very biased when it comes to Ms. Picoult. I first saw her at a book signing for Nineteen Minutes and instantly liked her. Since that book signing, I've read nine of her books, with the intention of reading her entire collection. Ha...
Before I begin, I have to say that I'm very biased when it comes to Ms. Picoult. I first saw her at a book signing for Nineteen Minutes and instantly liked her. Since that book signing, I've read nine of her books, with the intention of reading her entire collection. Having said that, I have to say the first part of Harvesting the Heart was extremely difficult for me to get into. I never thought of putting it down or reading another book. At times I had to force myself to read and looking back, I'm glad that I did.

I don't want to say too much about the storyline and when things began to pick up for me, (may be a spoiler for some) but after a certain event happened, I couldn't stop reading. After I finished reading the book, I thought about my feelings regarding the first chapters. When Paige and Nicholas first meet, they are from different worlds. He has had everything handed to him and she has given up a dream that she feels she doesn't deserve. Despite their differences, they fall in love and decide to marry. During the early years of their marriage, I consider Nicholas to be extremely selfish and Paige to be very passive. Even for them, it was hard for both of them to be with the other. So, I'm wondering, as the reader, was it hard for me to be with them as well.

As I mentioned earlier, Paige comes to a crossroad in the marriage where she has to choose to move ahead or finally deal with the past she left behind. She makes a decision, that will set in motion events that will determine the fate of her marriage. Harvesting the Heart, for me, was typical Jodi Picoult. I finished the book with many questions and could not stop thinking about the characters. Actually, what was missing was a trial scene. Having read most of her recent books first, it was nice to go back and read one of her earlier works. Ms. Picoult has grown as a writer, however even then she knew how to tell a story.

posted by IHeart2Read on November 4, 2008

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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I like that i can read a review before making a desision about a book. I enjoy the positve ones as well as the negative. However, why does a reviewer feel the need to give a play by play. This is not a chance to blog! Giive your review then write to your diary! I want a...
I like that i can read a review before making a desision about a book. I enjoy the positve ones as well as the negative. However, why does a reviewer feel the need to give a play by play. This is not a chance to blog! Giive your review then write to your diary! I want a review, not a sumary.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Disappointed !

    Harvesting The Heart was Jodi Picoult's worst book in my opinion. Unlike her other books this one didn't have the page turning drama and I had to force myself to read it sometimes. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a peaceful read about common family problems that a young man and woman is going through.
    The book is about a young girl named Paige that is struggling with the fact that her mother left her when she was five. She decides to give up her dreams as an artists and runs away from home. She meets a man named Nicholas who comes from a totally different world than Paige. Nicholas has everything handed to him since he was a baby and Paige a girl who's lost with no where to go in life. Despite the fact that they are two different people, they fall in love. When they decide to get married and when Paige gets pregnant none of them are ready for that kind of responsibility. The book covers every problem and drama that can happen to a young couple like Paige and Nicholas. Paige realizes she isn't ready to be a mother and Nicholas works hard for his career to grow as a cardiac surgeon, which leaves Paige and the baby always alone at the house. The ending in the book disappointed me because it was very expected something that surprised me since all of her other books have very surprising endings. Even though this is Picoult's worst book, I HIGHLY recommend that people read all of her other books because she grasps you in every book and page making you never want to put it down. Because this is Jodi's second novel its very hard to criticize her writing style since all the books she has written after that have been best sellers. This book shows how much she has improved as a writer and how much her writing style has changed for better.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Picoult style is begining to devlope

    This was only jodi picoult's second novel. if you have read other books by her u will probily notic like my how her style( found in her later books) is just staring to show traces in her work.

    The story is good but not as intising as some of her others. Hearvsting the Heart is not a page turner however it has a realistic point of view and is a easy to follow read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    What's the hype?

    Everyone raves about this author and this was the first book I read of hers. I'm so disppointed. It took me a long time to get through this book. It took two hundred pages to finally get to the conflict portion of the plot. The main character was very complex which I liked. I liked that it changed from the first person to the third person. Any mother could relate to this woman's desire to runaway from home. Though there's a big buzz about this author, I'm moving on to other authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    not her best

    You just hate the main character! I could not understand nor forgive her behavior. The author is as always though very articulate and uses great imagery. I just did not like the story line.

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