Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

I just finished the book Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult. I chose this book because I read My Sister’s Keeper, and enjoyed it.  Keeping Faith was not quite as soul wrenching as My Sister’s Keeper. Both involved children with medical conditions. Both had court cases with custody battles and both were on controversial topics.  I think I had higher hopes for Keeping Faith.  It was alright, but I was disappointed in the end.  You get so wrapped up in these characters and have so many questions. There are a lot of things left undone and unanswered. She gives you just enough to use your imagination to end it how you wish. But I spent 400 pages worth of reading. I don’t want to use my imagination, I want to know what happened. Was Faith really seeing God or was it in her head? Yes, we know how the judge ruled but we were never told what was actually true.  Yes, Mariah and Ian end up together, but do they get married? Did Ian turn into a religious person? Did his show actually get canceled? 

Maybe I’m missing something. If anyone out there has read this one, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Next on the reading list is A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. 

One Response to Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

  1. Laura says:

    Finally got around to reading this one & just finished it. I’ve been really impressed with Jodi Picoult as an author because she brings up controversial issues & makes you think about many different sides of an issue without forcing a judgment on you.
    She did this pretty expertly in Keeping Faith. I was really intrigued by all the different angles presented, and I think that’s what i like about her work – she develops her characters really well, and in such a way that you can’t help but see the story from each of their perspectives.
    I don’t really mind that she didn’t tell you which way to go with it – it would have pissed off too many readers either way if she made a ruling on if there is a God or not. She gets you thinking about an issue & talking about an issue, and they’re generally issues that stay with you for quite a while.
    Reading her work is like a low-grade philosophy course – lots of debate, and no answers.

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