The story behind the story of Change of Heart. I've explored religion and spirituality before in books – it's a topic I could plumb many times and still raise more. Change of Heart is a novel by Jodi Picoult published in Contents. 1 Plot summary. Prologue; The Trial; Eleven Years Later; Epilogue. Change of Heart book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a.

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    Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance. Change of Heart: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club) and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. download Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult at podmimokongist.ml or podmimokongist.ml Summary: This latest Jodi Picoult book is an emotional rollercoaster.

    Jodi Picoult A great book spoiler sent in by Wendy who says He is dying of AIDS, and is in jail for killing his lover after finding him with another man. Fast forward seven months, where a young man named Michael is narrating his story of serving on a jury to convict Shay Bourne of the murders of Elizabeth and Kurt Nealon. Shay does not testify, does not offer any defense. At first the jury is hung, but the images of a blood splattered 7 year old girl and a dead policeman eventually sway everyone towards a guilty verdict, even Michael. Shay is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Fast forward again eleven years. In the middle of his first night there, Shay has a seizure. After being transferred out of the infirmary, Shay constantly yells for an audience with the warden, saying that he has got to give his heart to that little girl. The guard thanks him and brings him a brownie which makes him very popular with the inmates, who all offer to trade contraband with him. He carefully takes the baby out of its shell, and it is alive, so he keeps it as a pet, hidden in a carved out book. Reece and Shay play checkers, and Shay wins and takes the bird for his prize. Shay shares a single piece of bubblegum with the seven other inmates, imitating the loaves and fishes story. Meanwhile, Shay requested a visit with June and when he offered his heart to Claire he was turned down. After Shay says that Elizabeth is better off dead, June storms out, but then changes her mind about the heart when filled with vengeance.

    Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 18, Erin rated it did not like it. OK, I generally like Jodi Picoult. I think she's usually a thinking person's beach read. But this was CRAP. But even separate from her blatant theft, the story line was just I just really hated the whole thing, with one small redeeming factor - the character of Maggie clearly modeled on Picoult herself was well-drawn, and presented as someone the reader would like to have as a friend, but even she collapsed when, naturally, her miserable life was saved by the love of a good man.

    Why couldn't she just have achieved happiness on her own terms? Edited to add: HOW could I have forgotten to mention the patented Picoult 11th hour "twist", only in this case you'll see it coming a hundred pages in advance, and only made me hate June even more than I already did. I just can't recommend this one for anybody View all 55 comments. Apr 12, Crumb rated it liked it Shelves: Although this wasn't my favorite book by Jodi Picoult, I still thought it was very good.

    In this novel, Picoult utilizes a familiar technique; you can expect moral quandaries abound served up on a silver platter. The characterization was excellent and the characters relatable. I wasn't really a fan, however, of the over-arching themes of this particular book. This book capitalized on the controversial subject of capital punishment see what I did there?

    I found the capital punishment theme interesting.. Picoult always handles controversial and hot-button topics with grace and a deft hand. However, this book hit below the mark, in my opinion. Bottom Line Would I recommend this? Yes, if you are a Picoult fan. Was it my favorite book by Picoult?

    Not by a long shot, but I still enjoyed different aspects of the book. View all 50 comments. Feb 11, Kevin McAllister rated it it was amazing. This is the fourth Jodi Picoult novel I've read and they all follow pretty much the same formula: Concerned professionals i. And a kind stranger. And while Jodi uses a basic formula, her novels are anything but simple or predictable.

    The other novels I've read have covered stem cell research, teenage date rape, and school shootings. What makes me such a fan of Jodi's novels is that rather than use an om This is the fourth Jodi Picoult novel I've read and they all follow pretty much the same formula: What makes me such a fan of Jodi's novels is that rather than use an omnipotent narrator, her stories are told from the point of view of the various characters. There's always two sides to any given story, and by using this method of story telling, the reader receives compelling and personal arguments from both sides of an issue.

    Most people would never think of taking the side of an accused rapist, a school shooter, or a cop killer, but Jodi's characters are so fairly drawn, that's exactly what happens.

    Change of Heart involves many current and important issues. It's core issue is the validity of religion in modern day society. Another theme is the use of capital punishment. And in that vein, the rights of prison inmates are also thoroughly discussed. Some of the main characters includes Maggie an atheist lawyer who begins to find God. Mike a priest who begins to question his faith. And June who goes through quite a number of Changes of Heart. Because Shay, a man on trial for his life, is a keeper of many secrets, and as these secrets are slowly revealed, June and the other characters, are taken on many emmmotional roller coaster rides.

    As a consequence, we the reader get taken along on that same ride. What more could a reader ask for? Oh yeah, we can ask a novelist to make as laugh.

    And boy did I laugh, while reading the passage where a prison inmate named his pet robin, get this, Batman the Robin! Funny, informative, and emmotional. Just a few of the reason why I love Jodi Piccoult. View all 6 comments. Mar 14, Gabriela Silva rated it really liked it. June, Michael, Lucius and Maggie. For each character, the chapter is written with a different font.

    The ending was not satisfying, I still have questions. However, was more interesting than I thought. View 1 comment. Mar 23, Nicole rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Especially Jodi Picoult fans!

    This book was incredible. I knew before reading it that it dealt with religion one of the many subject matters that Picoult handles with grace but I had no idea how and to what surprising extent. It amazes me as always that Picoult can handle a myriad of topics and characters, that require such care and research, so deftly. You read it and believe it without it ever seeming forced. It made me question my beliefs about life itself.

    This book encompasses the following topics- the death penalty This book was incredible. I can't even explain how I feel about it all after just breathlessly speed reading the final pages of the novel.

    A quote " The birth of a child, for one. Or the death of a parent. Falling in love. Words are like nets- we hope they'll cover what we mean, but we know they can't possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder. Finding God is like that, too. If it's happened to you, you know what it feels like. But try to describe it to someone else- and language only takes you so far.

    The characters range from the spiritual to the devout, the questioners to the flat-out atheists. Always, always we are never told as the reader what to believe and she keeps you guessing and second-guessing until the last moment. Then, if you are like me, you are still left thinking and thinking and feeling amazed by the whole experience. This just might be my favorite of hers. View 2 comments.

    You know how when you start a book the evening before and then go to bed later thinking, "I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and finish this book!

    I was so happy to get right back to it today. These characters! This story! Incredibly entertaining! There is the theme of the issues around capital punishment, along with themes of religion and spirituality, and overall the biggest in my opinion: Just when you believe you can p You know how when you start a book the evening before and then go to bed later thinking, "I cannot wait to wake up tomorrow and finish this book!

    Just when you believe you can predict the story, Shay drops one heck of a bomb about what happened during shooting.

    My short and simple overall: Mar 04, Britta rated it it was amazing. I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn't get past something like that, you got through it It's the difference between the path you walk and one you leave behind; it's the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are;" "When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are.

    All you notice is the one person who doesn't. It's been eleven years, and it hurts just as much as it did that first day. How many of us tried to forget something traumatic The only difference is that his mother still had to suffer a heartbeat.

    I didn't know what it felt like to hold an infant and rock her to sleep, to find a lullaby in her breathing. But I knew what it was like to be the daughter. It's where all the memories get kept. A total disappointment considering Picoult is a great writer and does not need to borrow ideas from other writers. This was too much like "The Green Mile". Mar 23, Malissa rated it it was amazing.

    Thought provoking to say the least.

    To Reject or Embrace a Dark Heart as Savior

    What if God is incarnate in each of us? What if there is no God? What if there is only a hope that there is a God? What if there is no heaven or hell? What if this life on Earth is both heaven and hell? Why does religion serve to divide us rather than unite us? Why does life have to be such a conundrum? Or is it really simple? Do we make it more difficult than it is because we are blessed with freedom of choice?

    Is it a blessing or a curse? After I finished re Thought provoking to say the least. After I finished reading the book, I went for a walk to try to think these things through. I have to come realize that it is a lifelong journey not one that can be solved in an afternoon. I also think that I may be agnostic. I will also make time to research and study the fifth gospel, the gospel of Thomas. Reading this book provided me with my first encounter of this writing.

    It intrigues me. I do believe that there is a Higher Power that is incarnate in each of us. Share the kindness that is within each of us. The characters of this book will stay with me for a while for they have truly touched me Isaiah "Shay" Thomas Bourne who said, "Everyone's got a little God in them and a little murder in them,too.

    It's how your life turns out that makes you lean to one side or the other. What if it was the other way around Because, even if we don't want to say it out loud for the really heinous crimes, we want to know that there's a really heinous punishment.

    Claire who thought "I have been someone different now for three weeks. And sometimes we don't see clearly at all". May 19, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A convicted Death Row murderer who is believed by his lawyer and priest to be the Messiah due to his uncanny ability to manifest daily miracles in front of his dumbfounded cell block mates fights for the right of death by hanging so he can donate his heart to the ailing daughter of one of his victims.

    I just didn't believe a single manipulative word of this soapy, soft-focus combination of The Green Mile and The DaVinci Code both of which were immensely better.

    Jodi Picoult - Change of Heart - Books - Review - The New York Times

    Chapters tend A convicted Death Row murderer who is believed by his lawyer and priest to be the Messiah due to his uncanny ability to manifest daily miracles in front of his dumbfounded cell block mates fights for the right of death by hanging so he can donate his heart to the ailing daughter of one of his victims.

    Chapters tended to end with "deep" pronouncements designed to make the reader "think. Mar 24, Doralyn rated it did not like it.

    It's sad for me to have to give a Picoult book 1 star, but I was heartily disappointed with this read. The plot was so thin to accommodate the anti-Christian and anti-religion propaganda. Picoult has definitely shot arrows at religion in the past, but this book went beyond that.

    In the past, I was always able to say that it was fiction, not necessarily the author's viewpoint or something she was trying to make us believe in, but I don't know how you couldn't believe some of the notions in this b It's sad for me to have to give a Picoult book 1 star, but I was heartily disappointed with this read.

    In the past, I was always able to say that it was fiction, not necessarily the author's viewpoint or something she was trying to make us believe in, but I don't know how you couldn't believe some of the notions in this book and spout off about it for such a lengthy tome. I have read 13 of Picoult's 15 books, but I'm sincerely questioning whether I will read another.

    Apr 30, Leslie rated it did not like it. A friend told me that his thoughts were sprinkled throughout the book - but actually that was just "hearsay" evidence - other people telling us what he said or did. We never did get inside his head - he was not one of the people speaking directly to us in the book.

    I, however, was more inclined to liken it to The Shack. At times as I was reading The Shack I was startled - but when I got done I was able to stand back and appreciate it as literature. This time I feel the author was not writing to create a story but to advance her beliefs.

    I believe in our right to have different interpretations and visions of God but I guess I draw a line and Change of Heart stepped over my line. PS - don't ask me to explain my line - I cannot verbalize it. At the scene of the accident, June meets a police officer named Kurt Nealon, who becomes a close friend and later marries June. Years later, June is pregnant and Kurt plans to create an addition to their home. A young man named Shay Bourne offers to help with the addition, which June says is "the beginning of the end.

    The case and his trial become a media sensation. The jury convicts Shay of two counts of capital murder.

    Change of Heart

    The jury deliberates on the death penalty. After much time, they all agree, with Michael Wright, a young man about Shay's age, being the last juror to agree on the death penalty after being coerced by other jury members. Shay is in the cell next to Lucius DuFresne, an artist. During the night Shay tells Lucius that he wants to donate his heart to a little girl he saw on TV. She is revealed to be the daughter of June and the late Kurt, Claire, who has a terminal heart condition.

    June agrees to meet Shay in a restorative justice meeting. There she asks him, "Why did you do it? A lawyer, Maggie, starts the legal process to petition the commissioner of corrections to allow Shay to be hanged so his heart can be donated to Claire. Claire's doctor determines that Shay is a perfect heart transplant match. Maggie arranges a dinner meeting with Dr. Gallagher to discuss organ donation for Shay.

    June sneaks Dudley a spaniel into the hospital to make Claire feel better; and a nurse reveals the upcoming transplant, which June has not discussed yet with Claire. Shay's trial begins, and Father Michael testifies to the prisoner's religious belief that he needs to donate his heart to Claire to obtain redemption.

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