I love books that make you think. I love books that challenge your beliefs and spark debate. I love books that make you feel something. "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult is that book.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
"One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.
For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.
Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?"
This book was so thought-provoking. I absolutely recommend it, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the topics in this book is organ donation. Specifically, the cellular memory theory - meaning the theory that the organ transfers some of the donor's personality/memories to the organ recipient. For example, a classically trained pianist dies and their heart is donated to someone who previously had no musical inclination whatsoever. After the transplant, the recipient now somehow knows how to play Beethoven's 9th Symphony. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think it's just some random coincidence, or is there some validity to the theory? I would really like to do some more research into this topic because it's fascinating to me.
Another topic is the death penalty. Do you think that criminals should be put to death for certain crimes? Or is it more of a punishment to have them incarcerated for their lifetime - to know that freedom is never a possibility? I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I think that as a society, we shouldn't execute criminals - the whole eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, and all that jazz. But then other times, you see cases that are so brutal and heinous - and I think to myself, Good. This person's evil needs to be eradicated and I'm glad they will no longer be walking this earth. But there are statistics out there indicating that crime rates are higher in states that have the death penalty. I don't know what the answer is, but it certainly makes you stop and think.
Another topic is Christianity - but I can't tell you much more than that without spoiling the plot! :)
Anyway, bottom line - go read this book if you haven't already. It's so good. If you've read it, I'd love to hear what you think! Or if you would like to share your opinions on cellular memory or the death penalty - I'd love to hear about that, too!
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