Second Glance

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780340897263 Global Overview for this book
Registered by iwanttobeinital of Belvedere Marittimo, Calabria Italy on 11/29/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by iwanttobeinital from Belvedere Marittimo, Calabria Italy on Saturday, November 29, 2008
Review
'Jodi Picoult's novels often focus on lives turned upside down by some terrible event, and it's her way with the small emotional detail that makes them so rewarding'
(Marie Claire )

'Picoult fans will not be disappointed. There is the usual compulsive writing, the insight into family and colourful characterisation . . . a pleasure to pick up, and impossible to put down'
(Daily Express )

This seemed different to the other Jodi Picoult books I have read previously, maybe it just asked me to open my mind a bit more?
A good read and, as always, some great characters that are truly believeable.

I'm setting this off as a bookring as I know there are a lot of JP fans out there.

Let me know if you want to be included...

Journal Entry 2 by iwanttobeinital from Belvedere Marittimo, Calabria Italy on Saturday, November 29, 2008
Bookring:

torwoodbooks Italy
LindyLouMac Italy
Melamura Italy
BOKWORMY Portugal
cally-c UK
Tregossip UK
Inver UK
BonnethillBunny UK


Journal Entry 3 by iwanttobeinital from Belvedere Marittimo, Calabria Italy on Saturday, January 10, 2009
On it's way to LindyLouMac - enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Arrived yesterday, thanks very much. I always enjoy Jodi Picoult and am looking forward to starting this as soon as I have finished the book I am reading at the moment. I am reading a bit slower than normal at the moment as busy packing up for our move!

Journal Entry 5 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Having only discovered the work of Jodi Picoult just over two years ago, this is already the eighth title that I have read. I think it is therefore safe to say that I enjoy her novels.

This one is a ghost story and although I do not disbelieve in them I am somewhat sceptical. Seeing is believing so you never know, maybe one day. I think therefore that my scepticism was the reason that I was long way into the story nearly two hundred pages before I really began to appreciate properly what was going on. Once the storyline made sense I began to enjoy it much more, although I would not say it was amongst my favourites. Although the author herself said in August 2008, that Second Glance her tenth novel wrritten in 2003, to date was her personal favourite.

Although the book is a work of fiction the work of the Vermont Eugenics Project actually exsisted as did the Sterilization Law of 1931. A disturbing practice to prevent problem citizens reproducing, similar to the plans of the Nazis for racial cleansing! Once again Jodi Picoult impresses me with her choice of a controversial subject to base a novel on.

Ghosts, Abenaki Indians and Eugenics Research link the characters and the periods of 1932 and 2001 together in an excellent example of mixing fact and fiction and the past with the present.
There are so many twists and turns in the story that I was never quite sure what was going to happen next. I am only sorry that it took me so long to sort all the characters out in the early part of the book as once it all slipped into place it was a great read. I may well have given up if I had not already been a fan of Jodi Picoult and that would have been a shame.

Journal Entry 6 by LindyLouMac at By hand, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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I am sure to see Melamura in the next few days so will be passing this on to her then!


Happy reading

LindyLouMac

Journal Entry 7 by Melamura from Montefiascone, Lazio Italy on Sunday, March 22, 2009
After a slow start I really enjoyed this book, in fact found it difficult to put down. This is the fourth Jodi Picoult title I have read and I rate it as my second favourite after My Sisters Keeper. I found the inter-twined storyline of the Eugenics project quite fascinating, especially as it actually existed. Jodi Picoult is an extremely gifted story teller and I look forward to reading more. Book will be on it's way to Bokwormy in the next few days.

Journal Entry 8 by BOKWORMY on Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sorry all I forgot to register this book. I've just finished it.
PMing cally-c for addy!

Journal Entry 9 by BOKWORMY at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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On the way to cally-c in the UK!

Journal Entry 10 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 04, 2009
Arrived yesterday, thanks! Will read asap.

Journal Entry 11 by cally-c from Alfreton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I think this is the best Jodi Picoult I've read. Seemed to have more depth to it than the usual 'pick a moral issue & write about it' style. I liked the relationship between Ross & his nephew Ethan; Ross wanting to die & Ethan desperate to live. Also I didn't manage to work out how Lia was killed until it was revealed in the plot!
Thanks for sharing iwanttobeinitial.

Journal Entry 12 by cally-c at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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in the post to Tregossip.

Journal Entry 13 by Tregossip from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Arrived this morning and thanks to one and all

Journal Entry 14 by Tregossip from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Friday, August 07, 2009
My JE not a lot different to the preceeding ones, i.e slow to start.

Once I'd got my thinking head on and sorted the characters in my mind's eye I went back to the beginning, and pleased I did that as made the whole book a damn good read, therefore an 8.

Checked with Inver her addy and will be posted to Scotland as soon as I get to the post office next week

Journal Entry 15 by Tregossip at St. Ewe, Cornwall United Kingdom on Monday, August 10, 2009

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enjoy

Journal Entry 16 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Arrived in the post today, thank you. Will start reading ASAP.

Journal Entry 17 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This was a slightly different read to the normal Jodi Picoult in the sense that there wasn't the usual court case type drama. I enjoyed it, though like others found getting used to the characaters a little time consuming to actually get into the story, but once there, was enjoyable, and a bit spooky. That made it thought provoking though, being very open minded about spooky goings on! Ready to pass on to my sis, Bonnethillbunny, who is looking forward to reading it.

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19/10/09 ~ I will be passing this one on to Bonnethillbunny this weekend

Journal Entry 18 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, October 25, 2009
Handed this one over to BonnethillBunny today they were here for the weekend.....enjoy sis.

Journal Entry 19 by BonnethillBunny from Pitlochry, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, April 19, 2010
A lovely combination of a love story and a ghost story, also a bit of a mystery to sort out.
Found it most enjoyable and a bit of a page turner in places

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