Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review... Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Last week I participated in my first EVER Literary Junkies post where I answered all the post questions and also did a quick review on what I had finished reading.  Well I figure that since the Literary Junkies is a book club and I did read a book for it, that well perhaps I should write a book review on the actual book we read for book club instead of the one that I read after it.

For the month of August we voted and decided to read Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.  I haven't read a Jodi Picoult book in AGES, so I was kind of excited to read this one.  I was also excited because while we were at the beach and I was complaining that I had forgotten to go buy the book club book (I like reading books in actual book form while on the beach) one of my bff's happened to mention that she had just finished a book and that if I wanted to borrow it so I didn't have to read on my Kindle she would be happy to let me borrow it.  Imagine my surprise when she pulled out Lone Wolf ... the very book I was mad at myself for forgetting to buy before our trip!  Gotta love that my friends and I have similar book tastes so that things like this randomly happen.

While I was excited to read a book by Jodi Picoult, I was not really sure how I was going to feel about this book because honestly reading the description of it on Goodreads it didn't seem like it would be something that I would like.  Well... boy was I wrong!  This was one of those books that once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down.  Lone Wolf chronicles a family as they deal with a horrible car accident that leaves Luke in a coma and his daughter Cara needing surgery.  Because Cara is a minor her long lost brother Edward has to make his return home after 7 years of being away in order to make the important medical decisions regarding Luke.  With much drama between the family, Cara and Edward do not see eye to eye with what to do with their father's health care and this disconnect causes so many more problems for the two.

Edward believes that Luke would want to have life support removed and his organs donated, while Cara believes that Luke would not want them to give up on him.  Part of Cara's belief for what Luke would want stems from the fact that Luke raises wolves and he NEVER was one to give up on them.  During Edward and Cara's childhood Luke actually went to Canada where he was able to insert himself into a wolf pack where the wolves actually accepted him as one of their own.  Through this he learned how to raise the packs that he kept on his property with the hopes of eventually being able to reinsert them into the wild even though they had been bred in captivity.

The book contains lots of twists and turns as you learn about Luke's life before, during and after living with the pack of wolves in Canada.  You learn a lot about his relationship with his children and even his ex-wife and how all of his decisions affected them as individuals and as a family unit.  It is amazing that the man that essentially tore the family apart is what will ultimately end up bringing them closer together.

One of the things I really liked about this book is how each chapter was written from a different character's perspective.  Even though some of the stories could be a bit repetitive, with a different perspective on the story you really felt like you were living it and that you knew exactly what was going on.  Definitely made it really hard to put this book down as I always wanted to keep reading so that I could get the entire story.

If you are looking for a quick and fun read I would definitely suggest this book to you!

Do you have any quick and fun reads that you would suggest to a book lover like me?


  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I haven't read JP in a long time, going to add it to my list.

  2. I love Jodi Picoult books! I recommend all of her books.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. It was so interesting and I would love to see if people really do try to join into wolf packs like this. I love all of Jodi Picoult books because they definitely get you thinking throughout the book. My favorite is called Nineteen Minutes.


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