Guys, so far this year I’ve been CRUSHING my reading goal! In case you missed it, I’ve read the following so far this year:
Admittedly, after I finished reading Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, I haven’t yet picked up my next book — but that’s on my list to do this week (real life needs to stop getting in the way!).
I used to read Jodi Picoult non-stop (Nineteen Minutes is by far my favorite) and when I was at a bookstore a few months ago, I saw Lone Wolf and had to pick it up.
Fast forward, and I finally read it! Before I get into my review, a look at the synopsis:
Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family: his wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage; his son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.
Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die…or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?
My take? It was SO GOOD. I literally read it in just a few days because I did not want to put it down. One of the things that I love about Jodi is that she throws her whole soul into writing a book. She does TONS of research with every book that she writes and you can tell because her writing and storytelling abilities are absolutely flawless. I know that this is a piece of fiction, but she obviously put a lot of work into learning about wolves and their habits — I am so intrigued to learn more about them (and coincidentally, came across this bill that was proposed and was super sad that people are so misinformed about them — and other animals in nature).
So the bottom line… should you read Lone Wolf? I vote yes! It’s a great read for those that love drama/fiction, wolves and/or just being transported into another world because the writing is so solid.
Do you read Jodi Picoult? Who’s your favorite author?
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
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