Hello, friends! It’s time to discuss August’s book and I’m so excited to read what you all thought of Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. But first, I have a few announcements.
1 // I didn’t announce the book for September yesterday like I had been planning to. I was too busy finishing Plain Truth and writing my review. So, the book for September is…
This novel sounds FANTASTIC and I am excited to read it!
2 // I started a Facebook group for the book club! I haven’t been very active on the Goodreads group… okay, I haven’t been active on the Goodreads group at all. I just don’t visit Goodreads often and I wasn’t very successful in incorporating a visit to Goodreads into my daily routine. I visit Facebook more regularly, so I think I’ll be more active on a Facebook group for the book club. I’d like this to be a hub for everyone in the book club to get to know each other a little better and to discuss other books that we’re reading, if people are interested.
And now, without further ado, let’s discuss Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult!
NOTE – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR PLAIN TRUTH BY JODI PICOULT IN THIS POST AND COMMENTS TO IT! If you haven’t read Plain Truth and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here.
I read this book once years ago and loved it the first time that I read it. I think it’s safe to say that I loved it even more this time.
I was happy that I read it at two different times in my life. The first time that I read it, I was really close in age to Katie and I was definitely able to identify with her more than the other characters. I remember not liking Ellie much. Now that I’m a bit older and halfway between the two characters in age, I was still drawn to Katie, but I saw Ellie much differently. The first time through I felt like she was a little harsh toward Katie, but in some ways, she needed to be.
Katie spent so much time wishing away her pregnancy so that she didn’t have to deal with the consequences of having a baby out of wedlock in her community, but she couldn’t wish away the situation anymore and she needed to see that and face that realization.
I also loved Katie and Ellie’s friendship. It was forced upon them and came about under the most awkward of circumstances, but even though it wasn’t easy, they really appeared to form a tight bond, that was evident when Katie took care of Ellie when she became pregnant and was also evident in how much it hurt Katie to be ambushed by Adam and how much it hurt to Ellie to hear Katie admit to killing her baby.
I was totally blown away by the surprise ending the first time I read this book, so this time through I was looking for the clues and found them sprinkled throughout. And knowing the truth, it seems odd that a mother who lives and works so closely with her daughter–the only child she still has in her life–would not have picked up on the signs of pregnancy.
I think it would be hard to write a book that relies so heavily on courtroom scenes, but Jodi Picoult has a way with them. They always keep me interested and I feel like I’m in the courtroom with the characters.
I have some questions for you!
1 // Were you satisfied with how the court case ended? Would you have liked to have received the jury’s verdict?
2 // Do you think the jury would have reached a verdict of guilty or not guilty? If you were on the jury, which way would you lean?
3 // Why did Ellie feel so betrayed when Katie said that she killed her baby while visiting his grave? From the start, she had a hard time defending Katie because she believed Katie had killed her newborn. What changed?
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?