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Truly dreadful - hated it!,
This review is from: Change of Heart (Paperback)The only reason I bought this was that I forgot my book one day and it was quiet at work, so I quickly popped to the small bookshop nearby and this is the only Jodi P book they had that I hadn't read. I wasn't sure about the description with it being about god but I thought 'oh well, it's JP, how bad can it be?' Answer: EXTREMELY BAD!
I was barely into the book when the Green Mile similarities became obvious and I was bemused by the obvious intellectual theft. Quite early on in the book, Picoult herself actually has one of the other prisoners call the out to the guy `Hey Green Mile', as if the fact that she acknowledges the similarities excuses it - it really doesn't. She completely stole this story from Stephen King and it's not just a few similarities, it is down to a ridiculous a amount of detail - I was completely incredulous as I read this book. Not only are the circumstances and story the same, even the simple, near-illiterate character of the prisoner in question is the same to the point where I was imagining this character in my mind to look like the main character from the green mile film, even though he is a huge black man and the character is this book is supposedly quite weedy looking and white.
There are times in the book where the religious nonsense goes on for pages and pages and pages and even reading through it as quickly as possible is like enduring water torture. I only finished the book as it would feel like a waste of £8 not to. Save yourself the agony of reading this and DO NOT buy this book! This is a shameless rip-off and it's not even a good one at that. Usually I keep old JP books in case I fancy reading them in the future but I know I won't read this again - usually books I won't read again go to the charity shop, but this is going straight in the bin because I wouldn't want to inflict it on anyone else.
Oh, and re some comments on here about her getting the meaning of the phrase `knock me up' wrong in English - I think this is either a common mistake or she watches Frasier, because they made this exact same incorrect gag in an episode of Frasier years ago.