Book Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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Hot Eats and Cool Reads Book Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult! Must read holocaust fiction novel!

I'm a little late to the game with reading this book, but maybe some of you haven't read it yet either!

I usually pick up all of my books at thrift stores, garage sales or my local library book shop, so most of the time I don't read books until years after they are released.

I happen to be a huge fan of Holocaust books, so when I read the description of The Storyteller
by Jodi Picoult I was excited to dive in!

This book covers so may bases... self image, friendships, relationships and families. It's not an easy read by any means because of the subject, but you walk alway remembering it for long after you've finished.

Book description from Goodreads:

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses... and then he confesses his darkest secret—he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all—if Sage even considers his request—is it murder, or justice?

My thoughts:

Sage is a character who I was unsure of at first. She is a loner, which is fine, but I don't agree with her dating choice at all. All of that aside, I ended up loving her character at the end, and was so happy with how the story transpired.

This book alternates between quite a few characters, with my favorite being Sage's grandma, Minka. Her story was flashbacks to her time in concentration camps during the Holocaust, and the horrors that she and all the other Jewish people experienced in this story was unlike any other that I've ever read before. I was unaware of the jobs that certain Jews were assigned in the camps and this book highlights alot of that.

This book is quite hard to put down once you reach Minka's story. It's sad but joyful in some parts and you defintely learn alot while reading it.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about the Holocaust or history. This book is different than a typical Jodi Picoult, but would still be enjoyable to those who like her other books.

I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, just because Minka's story was an amazing one. I debated rating it 4 stars, but her story was profound and deserved that extra star.

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  1. I respect this book, and am heading off to work mumbling to myself, high praise from me, after a sleepless night of reading. If you love Picoult's work, you will reinforced. If you are new to her writing, you will find a writer who skillfully brings us to our most difficult selves.

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