Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

A new book was released last week from one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult.  Unfortunately, the book isn’t available for the Kindle yet so I can’t read it.  I refuse to pay $14-18 in a store when I can (eventually) get it for $9.99 for the Kindle.  I guess I’ll just have to wait.

In the meantime, I thought I’d write about one of my favorite books of hers, “Plain Truth”.

This was the second Jodi Picoult book that I ever read (“My Sister’s Keeper” was the first) and it totally made me fall in love with her writing.  In “Plain Truth”, a teenage Amish girl named Katie is accused of murdering her baby…. which she denies even ever giving birth to.  Ellie is a lawyer who is familiar with the Amish and agrees to take on the case, even though Katie really doesn’t want her help.  Throughout most of the book, you are asking yourself several questions: Was it really her baby?  How did she get pregnant?  How did the baby die?  What really happened in that barn???

Ellie asks an “old friend” of hers, a psychiatrist, for assistance in determining what is truth and what is fiction and as Katie goes to trial, the real story comes out, piece by piece.  During this whole process, Katie is being shunned by her Amish community (including her own father) and you learn a lot about the rules and values of the Amish people.

Bonus – this book has been made into a movie!  I’m sure everyone has heard of or seen the movie version of “My Sister’s Keeper” (except me!  I know I would hate it.), but “Plain Truth” was a Lifetime movie starring the wonderful Mariska Hargitay.  I accidentally ran across it while browsing the TV listings guide a few months back and watched about half of it.  I accidentally fell asleep during the other half – not at the fault of the movie.  I probably had a migraine.  Anyway, I totally love Mariska in “Law & Order: SVU” and was worried that she’d have the same I’ll-kick-your-butt demeanor that she does as Detective Olivia Benson, but she doesn’t.  She has a much softer personality and you could see her being someone that a frightened, confused teenage girl could trust and bond with.

What I like about this book is that I was asking myself questions and trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle throughout the story; it was never just handed to me already put together.  I also enjoy books involving trials and such, as long as they’re about something interesting (that’s probably why I’m a big fan of “Law & Order: SVU”, too).  Quite a few of Jodi Picoult’s books have this same feel, typically the newer ones, but I had a really hard time reading some of her older books.  I’ll write about her other books another time!  Hopefully I’ll be able to write about “House Rules” sometime soon… as soon as it comes out in Kindle format!

  • Carpetbagger

    So I see her books all over the stores. Would say that Picoult would be considered “chick lit”, or is she more of a crossover author?

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  • Jaci

    I definitely wouldn’t classify Jodi Picoult as “chick lit”… she would have to have all of the usual cliches (see Top 10 Cliches). Many of her books have a strong female lead character and the stories are pretty emotional, so I’m sure that most of her audience is women, but I could see men enjoying the books too.

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