Thursday, April 30, 2009

Plain Truth by Jodi Piccoult

Rating 1 out of 5

I don’t know what it was about this book but I just could not get into it. I pretty much struggled to half way through and then threw in the towel.

The story its self was interesting. An Amish girl accused of neonaticide and protests her innocence, plus the lawyer her defends her who is struggling with a mid life crises of her own.
This story was really slow going. By the middle of the book the trial had not yet even started. I didn’t care much for the characters either and Elli the lawyer I found downright annoying.

The most interesting thing going for the book and the reason I kept reading even after I began the dreaded thoughts “I should stop”, was the detail that did go into the Amish life. It is clear Jodi Piccoult did very thorough homework. It was great having that insight into the Amish community.

I will try another Jodi Piccoult book. Even her fans have hinted that perhaps this is not her best.


  1. That is unfortunate that the book did not appeal to you. I know I have read some books where I keep thinking, maybe it will get better and unfortunately it never does. I just hate to quit but I have finally learned there are just too many good books out there, why waste time with stuff that doesn't appeal to you. I had the same reaction to Blonde Roots this year. I kept reading to about the middle but I actually hated that book from the beginning. I finally said yuk and chucked it out. Horrid book inho.

  2. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and it hasn't been until her last few books that I've grown just a tad weary of the lawyers, trials, and such. Don't give up on her just yet but maybe try one of her earlier books. Those are the ones that drew me to her in the first place.

  3. I felt the same about it- I liked reading the details of Amish life, but the storyline was predictable, and I couldn't care for the characters.

  4. I have heard this about this particular book. But don't write Picoult off altogether. I loved My Sister's Keeper. I have 3 more Picoult waiting to be read so I will let you know about those, too.

  5. I quite enjoyed this one, not my fave but still good. Everyone has different tastes, I've just reviewed Handle with Care & a lot of people didnt like it but I certainly did. I have now read every one of Picoult's book LOL so I'm probably a tad biased