Second Glance: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult | Romance |
ISBN: 0743454510 Global Overview for this book
Registered by dabercro of Clinton, Utah USA on 2/25/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Sunday, February 25, 2007
Another great book by Jodi Picoult!

The book is written in three parts, the first and last in the present day, 2001 and the second part in 1932. The author does an excellent job of mixing fact with fiction and the past with the present. There are a lot of characters in the beginning whose lives are all interwoven in the end. The book has many twists and turns which made for an enjoyable read.
The book explores the paranormal and also eugenics (the science of breeding better humans).

Journal Entry 2 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, February 26, 2007
I am mailing to Aberpeter in Washington today

Journal Entry 3 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Monday, March 05, 2007
arrived in the mail on Sat - thanks dabercro

Journal Entry 4 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Saturday, July 07, 2007
Even though I really enjoyed the book, I don't think this is one of Jodi Picoult's best books.

With all the different characters introduced at the beginning of the story, it was slow reading early on while I was trying to keep all the characters straight. Once I knew who was who, I couldn't put the book down.

I didn't know there were people in the US who practiced eugenics in the 1920s & 30s. Thank goodness their ideas of selective sterilization didn't catch on - but Hitler found it a good idea - how scary.

Journal Entry 5 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Wednesday, December 12, 2007
guinaveve saw this book on my available shelf and offered up a trade with a book from my wishlist - i love the spirit of sharing bookcrossing offers. this book is on its way to ohio.

Journal Entry 6 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, December 21, 2007
I am looking forward to reading this soon. Thank you for agreeing to trade. I just got your book out in the mail today since it was the first time this week that I had time to wait the hour it took to get through the line. I took it to the post office 2 other times, looked at the line and couldn't do it. I hope you enjoy "Keeping Faith" when it arrives.

I am reserving this book for a book box I am hosting filled with well traveled books. I will have this read within the next couple of weeks and hopefully have enough books to send the box out by the end of January.

Journal Entry 7 by guinaveve from Mason, Ohio USA on Friday, January 11, 2008
I really enjoyed this for the most part and was captivated by the story well enough. My only real complaints are that it got a bit flowery in places describing feelings as tangible things, and Ross's suicidal thoughts were much more melodramatic than realistic. I really think he came off like an angsty teen pining for a girl he would just move on from if given time. For instance this passage-
"I didn't think there was anything left for me in this world." He met her gaze, then took the glowing cigarette and pressed it to the flesh inside his arm, daring her to feel sorry for him. "I still don't."
And later, he carves his love's name in his arm. Really, that sounds like a 15 year old doing an Emo thing, not an adult man pining after a lost love. Picoult did the suicide angle much better in The Pact. Maybe because in The Pact it was teenagers.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the story. I could see where it was going the whole time, but it wasn't a bad thing, because the climax of the story was seeing how it got there. I wouldn't say this has been my favorite Picoult novels, but still very good and recommendable.

I am saving this book for a bookbox I am putting together. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Released 11 yrs ago (2/29/2008 UTC) at by postal services in Sent by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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I have included this book in my "Well Traveled" Bookbox.

Journal Entry 9 by ariesgirl29 on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Arrived in a well-traveled bookbox. I am putting back in and can't wait to see it's travels!

Journal Entry 10 by trekwoman from -- Somewhere in the state --, California USA on Thursday, March 13, 2008
My experiences with Picoult have been hit or miss. Removed this from the Well-Traveled book box to give her another try.

Journal Entry 11 by trekwoman from -- Somewhere in the state --, California USA on Friday, April 18, 2008
Hm. I know there are characters in this book whose stories interest me, but the way it's written is confusing me. Then again, I could just be too logy-headed today (Spring, windows open) to process it. I can think of an appropriate wild release spot near me, and may leave it there. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

Journal Entry 12 by trekwoman from -- Somewhere in the state --, California USA on Sunday, June 21, 2009
Color me confused. As it turned out, this book was not sent to Ohio (that's another story for a different day). I tried to read this book but felt bogged down by all the characters. That's in no way the author's fault, it's simply a case of my trying to read this at the wrong time.

Journal Entry 13 by trekwoman at Lincoln Mall in Matteson, Illinois USA on Friday, June 26, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/26/2009 UTC) at Lincoln Mall in Matteson, Illinois USA

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Outside, Lower Level, Carson's, near the entrance to the Men's Department.

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