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Enough With the Elephants

posted Nov 6, 2014, 10:50 AM by Carlee Schmelzer   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 10:57 AM by Unknown user ]
Carlee Schmelzer

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult has done it again, and by done it again I mean written another (mediocre) book. While I have read and loved many of Picoult’s previous masterpieces, Leaving Time fell short of my expectations and left me wishing I had kept the receipt.

This book is about a 13-year-old girl named Jenna Metcalf who has been searching for her mother, Alice, since she vanished 10 years early from an Elephant Sanctuary she ran alongside her husband, and Jenna’s father, Thomas. Jenna recruits the help of a washed up detective,Virgil Stanhope, and a seemingly has-been psychic, Serenity Jones, to help her with this impossible tasks. With only Alice’s old elephant research notes
and a few fuzzy memories to go off of, the unlikely teams slowly starts to unravel the mystery of what happened that fateful night, 10 years earlier.

    The vast majority of Picoult’s books are told from differing viewpoints that rotate throughout the entire book, usually one of the things I love about her writing. In Leaving Time, Alice’s chapters were ALWAYS about elephants and got less and less interesting as the 398 page book dragged on, almost to the point where I wanted to skip through it. For the most part the book was boring and anti-climactic. Though, true to form, Picoult adds a twist. The twist was surprising and unexpected but not in a good way. It was the kind of ending that a 5th grader would wrap up a book with. This was one of Picoult’s worst books yet.

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