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  • May 15, 2008
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As usual, Jodi Picoult does not disappoint in her newest work of art, Change of Heart. I found this to be a magical journey, in that it kept me completely transfixed from the first word, to the very last word. The talent that Ms Picoult beholds in her ability to take every day type situations - which sadly effects our society more than we would like to think - and turns them into an entertaining and eye opening experience, for the reader, is phenomenal. Change of Heart is no exception and deals openly with a man who has been convicted of one of the most heinous of crimes, and sentenced to death. The first death penalty sentencing in New Hampshire in fifty-eight years.
The story focuses on and revolves around five main people - Shay Bourne, the convicted killer, Micheal , the Catholic Priest who has come to the prison to be Shay's Spiritual Advisor (and who also served on the jury who founded in favor of the death penalty for Shay, though this is not know to the others), Maggie, who is the lawyer who brings herself forth to help Shay in receiving his dying wish, June Nealon who had her entire future ripped apart at the hands of Shay, and June's eleven year old daughter, Claire, who is in dire need of a miracle to live.
It is possible that Shay may be able to bring forth this miracle and though he is trying everything in his power to makes this happen, will June be able to sit aside her anger and contempt for Shay and will the state even make it possible for this final wish to be granted?
Miracles suddenly begin to take place within the prison walls, where Shay is to remain until his execution. A man who is dying of AIDS suddenly appears to be healed, a small bird who was dead, brought to life, water turned to wine... Miracles of a Messiah or a hoax to prolong a life?
Change of Heart is a touching and heart wrenching novel of forgiveness and redemption, a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will not soon be forgotten. I, for one, loved this story and would recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent read!

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review by . March 28, 2009
As a fan of the author, I was really looking forward to this book. Her books have a formula, I can deal with that. This one though. Eh. The supernatural stuff, the heavy religious paths... it was just too much time time around. I rolled my eyes entirely too many times. I'm not sorry I read it (like I said, I'm a fan), but I'm glad this wasn't my first foray into her work.     Give it a chance if you are a big fan. Otherwise? Skip it.
review by . September 01, 2008
Sometimes Jodi Picoult hits a homer, and other times just a single or double. Change of Heart is a grand slam, built around the impact of a death row inmate upon the lives of three unrelated people who are drawn into his story by the circumstances of their own lives. Shay Bourne has exhausted his appeals and is scheduled to die in a few weeks. His last wish is to donate his heart to the daughter of one of his victims, and a battle ensues about his method of execution. Shay's spiritual advisor, a …
review by . April 13, 2008
Convicted murderers are sentenced to be executed on a regular basis in the United States; after many appeals and much time, some actually do face the final steps to their deaths in payment for their crimes. Whether or not you agree with this method of punishment, you will find much to ponder in Jodi Picoult's Change of Heart as you follow Shay Bourne, convicted of murdering a 7 year old girl and her stepfather, as he faces death and hope of compensation for the sister of the girl left behind.     …
review by . April 06, 2008
For June Nealon, the loss of her husband and daughter at the hands of a vicious murderer was the defining moment in her life. When Shay Bourne knocked on her door that afternoon looking for carpentry work, who knew that this unassuming man would so completely betray her trust and change her life forever...making her and her family part of the most heinous crime in New Hampshire history. The only thing that June has left is her daughter Claire....who is deathly ill with a failing heart, and in need …
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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 carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book.1,000,000-million copy first printing.(Mar.)
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ISBN-10: 0743496744
ISBN-13: 978-0743496742
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atria
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