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Molly’s Good Reads: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

14 Mar

Before I worked two jobs, blogged, and was introduced to Abby Lee Miller, I used to read books. I got a Kindle Fire a couple Christmases ago and hadn’t picked it up since I unwrapped it because I just don’t have time to read. Until I finished House of Cards on Netflix and had nothing to watch on TV…so anyways, I decided to read again.

I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult books (author of My Sister’s Keeper, The Pact, Nineteen Minutes, among a million more). If you aren’t familiar with her writing, her typical books cover controversial and topical issues in which the picture is not always black or white. She usually tells the story from about 4 or 5 different characters’ perspectives, including who you would probably think is “the enemy” (in Nineteen Minutes she wrote through the eyes of the students involved in a school shooting, the parents of those students, as well as the student who went on the shooting spree). Kind of interesting way to tell a story, in my opinion. I don’t recommend reading a lot of Jodi books back to back, because it gets kind of repetitive (there is always inner conflict, a battle between what is right or wrong, followed by a  court case with non-typical outcomes).  Space the Jodi books out!

Anyways, I decided to pick up my Kindle out of boredom and while I was perusing the new releases, I saw that there was a new Jodi book out called The Storyteller. It’s about the Holocaust, starting from present day, going back to a young Jewish girl’s daily life struggling to survive at Auschwitz. It is told from the view of a survivor, her grand daughter, as well as an SS officer. No matter how much literature I read or how many classes I take about the Holocaust, I am still so disturbed by the whole idea that common men can behave as monsters. This book goes deeper into the psyche of an SS officer who has outlived his family and wants to die for what he has done.

Anyways, I won’t get too detailed but I started it two days ago and haven’t been able to put it down from the second I get out of work until I go to bed. I only have a few more pages left, kind of sad about that. Highly recommend to all of you bookworms out there who don’t mind a dark read. The Storyteller

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