Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Blog Tour & Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books (February 2012)

Source: Received from publisher via Crazy Book Tours
Summary from Goodreads:
A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.

I am a little embarrassed to admit that Lone Wolf was my very first Jodi Picoult read. *bows head in shame* I actually have other Picoult books somewhere buried underneath the many other to-read books in the madness that I call my bookshelf. I just haven't gotten around to it. Or maybe I have been afraid of "going there" with her books. I've heard such wonderful things from friends about her books and they are literally EVERYWHERE! Costco devoted a whole section of a table to all of her books. When this blog tour came up, I decided it was time to finally dip my toes into the Picoult pool and I was not disappointed with Lone Wolf. I can definitely see what all the fuss is about and now I am eager to build my membership in the Picoult fan club!

Like I said earlier, I have shied away from previous Picoult books because I didn't want to feel uncomfortable in the moral gray area of the provocative themes she chooses for her books. The underlying question of Lone Wolf is about who has the right to decide whether or not to pull the plug on a loved one who is living in a vegetative state? It's really something that you don't talk about, but after finishing this book, I think it might be time for my husband and I to revisit our will. I really enjoyed reading the story from many different points of view because you got to hear EXACTLY what each character was thinking instead of guessing about them through the eyes and ears of other characters. It helped you to see that things really weren't black and white, especially when it comes to a moral choice like this one.

The siblings, Edward and Cara, stand on opposite ends in their decisions regarding their father's life and as you can tell from the summary, there are secrets that they both hold which are destroying what little family they have left.

Even though I am unfamiliar with Picoult's writing, I have heard about her famous one-liner starters. I can see why she's known for them because I was hooked from the first page. You can tell that Picoult did extensive research and I was especially intrigued by all the stuff about wolves. I thought I had a pretty sufficient amount of knowledge about wolves from reading the Twilight series because of all that Meyer writes about regarding Jacob's character as a werewolf. Lone Wolf goes so much deeper into the ways of a wolf and I loved all the parallels between wolf vs. human behavior.

I loved the journey that Picoult took me on in Lone Wolf and that I was given the opportunity to really make my own decision about how I feel about this issue. It definitely felt like a journey because of all the plot twists and turns, many of which I was not anticipating. She is a compelling storyteller and I'm glad that I finally delved into one of her books. I really had nothing to be afraid of because even though the topic was very thought-provoking, she handled it very delicately and respectfully. Picoult is a compelling storyteller and I highly recommend Lone Wolf!

I think it's time to go dust off the other Picoult books and get started on the other 18 books.

5 out of 5 stars

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