Luke Warren would sleep in the dirt if it meant he could be under the stars.
He lives by the laws of nature, and would surely want to die that way.
But Luke is in a coma, and his family must make an unbearable decision.
As tensions and secrets rise to the surface, the tragic accident which brought them back together against the odds could well tear Luke’s family apart forever.
They know Luke would not want to live like this. But how can they choose to let him die?
Just from looking at my pictures you can see this book hasn’t been treated the best. I started it a while back and since then it has been thrown into my bag, taken around with me but never really given the proper attention it deserved. This cannot be blamed on the book, just purely on myself for getting so out of touch with something I love doing. I’ve missed reading, for some reason since moving into my home with my new found sense of responsibility and a million things to do it was put on the back burner, but no more, I want to get back into my 'head stuck in a book' days... happy days.
It’s fair to say my views may be somewhat biased here as I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan. In my eyes the woman can do no wrong. However, to be fair here, this opinion has been formed based upon reading pretty much all of her books after purchasing one many years ago and finding myself unable to put it down. I find all her stories completely compelling and so unlike any other author I have found so far.
This book, along with pretty much all her other stories, centres around a legal case. Please don’t be put off by this, it’s not something I thought I would ever find particularly engrossing, but my goodness, it is! The story begins at the incident from which everything is centred around, the crash which leads to Luke Warren being hospitalised and in a coma. From here the story is told from the perspective of each member of the family and those directly affected by the case. It is these perspectives that really draw you into the story and help you understand and sympathise with each and every individual person. This is the beauty of Jodi Picoult books, she can make you feel and empathise with almost anyone.
After discovering that Luke Warren has suffered severe brain damage both son and daughter begin the steps to have the legal right to make the decision to either leave their father on life support indefinitely with little to no hope of him ever regaining consciousness or turn the machine off. Despite whatever your initial view may be of what you think the outcome should be you are torn every time the perspective changes from one child to another with their contrasting views and opinions.
As the case progresses we learn so much more about each of the characters and the back story behind each different element and person.
Overall I can honestly say I loved this book and lived up to my very high expectations that I have built up of all Jodi Picoult stories. It’s a definite read.
You can purchase the book from Amazon here, and have a look at Jodi Picoult’s website here.
I had to slip in this picture of my beautiful Peggy
I’d give this book a big: