Saturday, January 15, 2011

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (2002)

Whenever I am in the mood for an easy read that grabs me by the scruff of the neck and won't let me go til I get to the last page, but at the same time is sure to be topical, deal with tough moral dilemmas and peopled by characters I feel like I know, then I can't go wrong with a book by Jodi Picoult.

I was at the library and decided to pick up one of her books I hadn't read yet (still waiting for "House Rules" to be turned in) and sure enough, I started reading it last night and just couldn't put it down and finished it this afternoon.

"Perfect Match" is definitely topical - it deals with a young boy that has been sexually abused by a priest - and also includes a terrible moral dilemma - is it right for the mother of that boy to take the law into her own hands, when she herself is a District Attorney, and dish out her own version of justice? And what are the unforeseen consequences when she does?

I am still not sure what side of the fence I am on after reading this book. Being a mother myself it was easy to understand what drove the main character to do something so desperate but still, didn't we all learn in grade school that two wrongs don't make a right? And the thing that kept going through my mind, again as a mother, was what example was she setting for her son? Ultimately we want our kids to be good people. Wanting to protect them from every single bad thing is simply not possible even though we would like to think otherwise. In this way, I think the mother in this book, while very intelligent, was missing some basic insight.

4 comments:

ajh said...

I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books and like some more than others. Do you read Chris Bohjalian?

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've read all of Picoult's books are this was not a favorite of mine. Have you read others?

Amy said...

I have read quite a few of her books but certainly not all of them (after all she has written quite a few!) - but I agree this was not one of my favorites. I love Chris Bohjalian as well - I am looking for his latest book as soon as they get it in at my library!

Charley said...

I have yet to read a Jodi Picoult book. She wasn't an author that interested me until I saw her on an episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. She was a celebrity lifeline, but she didn't know the answer to the contestant's question, and she was so sweet and apologetic. Suddenly, I wanted to read one of her books.