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Subject: Am I the only one who doesn't like Jodi Picoult?!
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 7:16 PM ET
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Having read a lot of both classic and modern literature, I find Picoult's novels to be simplistic and repetitive. Her writing style is mundane, and I feel her characters and situations are cliche. As a teacher, I read a lot of adolescent literature, and even those books are more complex than Picoult's. It may sound harsh, but I am tired of such a poor writer getting so much attention and praise.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:28 PM ET
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Some of her books have been very good, and some very bad. It makes you wonder if she writes them all.....

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 8:06 AM ET
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Nope.  I don't like her either - I've read two (My Sister's Keeper and The Tenth Circle) and I thought the former was compelling until I got to the ending that disregarded the 400 pages that came before it, and I could barely get through the latter. I have no plans to read any more of them.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 1:02 PM ET
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I can't stand her either. Someone loaned me Change of Heart and I think it is an awful piece of drivel.
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 1:19 PM ET
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I've never read anything by her, but I have no desire to either.

Subject: Jody Picault
Date Posted: 7/11/2009 1:51 PM ET
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I REALLy dislike the two books of hers I've read. "Plain Truth" was totally factually inaccurate in the parts that mentioned quilts. I tend to believe that Picault's research is very poor in general.  Beyond that, I just don't like the stories. Sappy...icky...

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 5:08 PM ET
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Most of my reading group loves her, so we end up reading her every year.  I skip those meetings.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I've never read anything by her, but I have no desire to either.


Same here. I may be missing some good books, but tend to avoid those by some of the more overexposed... er, prolific writers. ;-)


Date Posted: 7/12/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I've only read two of her books--and I don't think I could even tell you what they were, so you're not the only one who doesn't care for her. Whichever ones I read, they were completely unmemorable.

I also tend to avoid some of the more overexposed writers, esp. if I've tried one of their books and found it lacking. Hers were lacking.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 5:07 PM ET
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 I totally agree with the OP. It is amazing to me how popular her books are (kind of disturbing, but it could be worse....)

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 8:57 PM ET
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I've never had any desire to read one of her books.  Or Nicholas Sparks. I listened to the Notebook on audio once years ago and was unimpressed.  It was like a Lifetime movie. 

I have no desire to read theTwilight series either. 

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 9:58 PM ET
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I have read her earlier books but got tired of the weird endings.  I find that I cannot read anymore of her books.  I am going to list them all.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I've read 2 or 3  of hers, and I have to agree that they just don't appeal to me. I don't know why they are so popular.

I don't fancy the Twilight series either.

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I barely managed to get through one of her books.  I wonder why there is such a following for books that seem to end in such a terrible manner each and every time?

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 10:53 AM ET
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Piccoult is hit or miss for me. I really liked My Sisters Keeper - I felt like she gave each of the characters a distinct voice and I liked and appreciated the unconventional ending.

She chooses some excellent, morally debatable subjects - definitely not for those who prefer a happy ending.

The one I read of hers that I really did not like was The Tenth Circle. I could not identify with any of the characters and the story did not interest me.

I've only read two others, Vanishing Acts and Picture Perfect - didn't love them, didn't hate them.

Subject: you are right on
Date Posted: 7/14/2009 7:13 PM ET
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If i see  her name i automatically skip! 

Subject: Fair deal?
Date Posted: 7/14/2009 10:19 PM ET
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Hi, I am a Jodi Picoult fan and also a high school teacher.  I also have read teen literature and I think that for the most part, she is accurate when describing young people. My first, and favorite book is The Pact.  Beyond that - some are good - and some not so good.  I have read them all. 

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 10:32 PM ET
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I haven't read any of her works because usually her books are displayed next to "Mr. Wooden and Cliched Dialog," Nicholas Sparks's crappy drivel.

It's fluff. It's escape lit. Beach Blanket pap.

It's not for me.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 8:47 AM ET
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Scoot over and let me sit on the "Don't care for Jodi Picolt bench".

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 5:28 PM ET
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*claps excitedly at OP*

Thank you!  We were required to cover a Picoult novel a number of years ago in Sr English, The Pact I think, and no one in the class (except a friend) could understand my distaste for her.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Oh Good!  I'm not alone.  The first Picoult book I read was "Nineteen Minutes" and I thought it was good enough that I tried others.  What a big disappointment.  She's off my list.  I got "Second Glance" from the library and didn't even bother to finish it -- which is, for me, unheard of.

I can't stand Joyce Carol Oates, either.

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 12:40 AM ET
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I thought that I was the only one! I read My Sister's Keeper and couldn't put it down - because of the highly provocative subject matter. So, I thought that I'd like Plain Truth and couldn't drag myself through it. Complete drivel.
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 11:46 PM ET
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It's so nice to find people who don't like her. I thought I was the only one. I also find her books repetative and simplistic. The only one I liked was My Sister's Keeper. I find when I read her books, I've been there before. I've stopped reading them for that reason.