Monday, August 9, 2010
Synopsis from Amazon:
Teenage suicide is the provocative topic that Picoult plumbs, with mixed results, in her fifth novel. Popular high-school swimming star Chris Harte and talented artist Em Gold bonded as infants; their parents have been next-door neighbors and best friends for 18 years. When they fall in love, everyone is ecstatic. Everyone, it turns out, except for Em, who finds that sex with Chris feels almost incestuous. Her emotional turmoil, compounded by pregnancy, which she keeps secret, leads to depression, despair and a desire for suicide, and she insists that Chris prove his love by pulling the trigger. The gun is fired in the first paragraph, and so the book opens with a jolt of adrenaline.
This is the second book by Jodi Picoult I have read. I got this from a used bookstore. I liked how the story was told alternating between present day and flashbacks. I thought the relationship between Chris and Emily was very sweet. I really liked Chris, he was a very attentive boyfriend. Although the character of Emily wasn't gone into as much as I would have liked, I didn't really like her. She seemed too spineless. I really didn't like that she didn't tell Chris she was pregnant. I can understand her feelings toward Chris and their sexual relationship. I really liked this book and will definitely read more by Jodi Picoult