Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Picoult

Luke Warren has lived in the wild as part of a wolf pack, seems to be larger than life to those who know him, but is human and vulnerable enough to suffer a devastating head injury after a motor vehicle accident.  Cara, his seventeen year old daughter, was also injured but is far better off than Luke.  Luke is in a vegetative state and doctors don't believe he'll ever regain consciousness.  So what to do now?  Cara is too young to make decisions, though if she could - she'd want to give him all the time in the world, hanging on hope that her dad would get better.  Cara's mother legally cannot make the decision as she and Luke are divorced.  So that leaves Edward, the son who left home 6 years ago after an argument with Luke and never looked back.  He doesn't think Luke should be kept alive with the ventilator, that it isn't what Luke would have wanted.  Cara is going to do everything she possibly can to stop that from happening.

Picoult is known for writing novels that examine moral dilemmas and tug at your heartstrings.  This is no exception.  Here we look at both sides of the euthanasia debate, and throw in some other emotional battles and family dynamics as well.  Even as one who already knows where my heart lies on this issues, Picoult allows appreciation for the other side of the argument.  Entangled with the present situation, we also get to see snippets from Luke's life as told from his part of view.  These were interesting, but probably my least liked part of it all.  It also didn't help that these pages were made to look rustic around the edges, which I found creepy and thought it looked like mold.  Ew.  All told, this book is classic Picoult, and if you've read her before then you know exactly what to expect.  While I did not enjoy this as much as some others, it certainly will make you think and will provoke great discussion for book clubs.
Lone Wolf
by Jodi Picoult
Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2012
421 pages
Source:  Library


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