Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
A Novel

69%

15 Critic Reviews

Despite her grim diligence and earnestly religion-based story line, she seems to have written her latest tear-jerker on authorial autopilot.
-NY Times

Synopsis


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.
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Atria Books. 474 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Change of Heart
All: 15 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 24 2010

Clunky prose and long-winded dissertations on comparative religion can’t impede the breathless momentum of the Demon-Drop plot.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Mar 24 2008

Despite her grim diligence and earnestly religion-based story line, she seems to have written her latest tear-jerker on authorial autopilot.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jan 21 2008

The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Macon Examiner on Jan 20 2012

Picoult takes an opportunity in “Change of Heart” to dive into the nature of organized religion and belief; the death penalty and, organ donation

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Jan 10 2011

CHANGE OF HEART is hands down Jodi Picoult’s most thought-provoking novel to date

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Mar 03 2008

Just as Picoult reaches Change of Heart's climax, her diligent research takes over, blunting all emotional impact.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Darcy Nelson on Aug 05 2011

I just couldn't put it down.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Caroline Trent-Gurbuz on Oct 02 2010

Change of Heart is a provocative, must-read book, one that will make the reader question religion, miracles and redemption.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Jo Heffer on Apr 01 2008

You could not describe it as enjoyable but it will tug at your heart strings from the very start and by the end you may well feel emotionally drained.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Mar 03 2008

This plot seems overstuffed, and the end of Heart leaves a queasy aftertaste.

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About.com Bestsellers

Below average
Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on Mar 01 2008

I didn’t like Change of Heart, but I still thought it was a page turner.

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BlogHer

Good
Reviewed by Florinda on Feb 05 2009

I found the themes in Change of Heart particularly resonant, given my interest in religious studies, and I think this novel will stick with me for awhile - for my money, it ranks among Picoult's best.

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Australian Women Online

Above average
Reviewed by Deborah Robinson on Jun 02 2008

Picoult tackles the death penalty in the United States, using a cast of unforgettable characters to unravel what is essentially a very complex issue.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Chexy212 on Mar 01 2008

She leaves questions unanswered, giving the reader a chance to reach their own conclusions, leaving a feeling of connection with the characters that lingers long after the last page is turned.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Continuum on Mar 01 2008

While the plot is exciting and intense, 464 pages are far too many to tell this story.

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