Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Author Info: Website, Twitter, Goodreads
Pages: 460 pages
Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars
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?
Let me start by saying that this is the first book I've ever read by Jodi Picoult. I saw a friend post about it & when I read the description I decided to check it out. I've read a lot of books about the Holocaust, both fiction & non-fiction, and that is what made me decded to read this story. There were a lot of things that I loved about this book and the good definitely outweighs the few things I wasn't crazy about. First, I liked how the book jumped around a bit-from person to person, through time, and even in the fiction story that Sage's grandmother wrote. However, I thought that some of the transitions could have been smoother & there was even a point or two were I felt like there was really no transition. I think that was really the only negative that I can name.
The characters were great! Honestly, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like. I even found myself feeling bad for Josef at times, especially at the end. Sage was great, although I hated her relationship with Adam & I was not sad to see that end! I was a little disappointed in the ending (I predicted it) and I wish that there had been more to it, but I think it was a great story & I'm glad I read it!