Author: Jodi Picoult
Publication: May 1st, 2000
Source: Local Library
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
Plain Truth was another winner by Picoult. I haven't read a book by Jodi Picoult yet that I haven't fully and completely enjoyed. I read Plain Truth with a friend this week and I had a lot of fun discussing the story every night. There is so much controversy in Plain Truth that it is a really easy book to discuss. It is also a really hard book to put down. This book was a page turner.
Without reading the summary all you really need to know that it is about an Amish girl, Katie, and a baby who is assumed to be murdered. Plain Truth was a very character driven novel. The characters were always the main focus of this wonderful adventure. Ellie was Katie's defense lawyer. She was a little rough on the edges and she had some trust issues, but I really loved Ellie as a character. My favorite thing about her was that she cared about Katie. She was willing to tell Katie how it was to get her off when Katie had no idea how the American Justice System works. Katie was naive that was for sure. Picoult was able to make me feel sympathy for Katie when she was accused of committing such a horrible crime. I went back and forth in my mind if I wanted Katie to be guilty and go to prison or if I wanted her to be not guilty.
Besides the two main characters of Ellie and Katie there were many supporting characters such as Aaron the dad which was a very tough guy and didn't bend any Amish rules. I never really liked him. Sarah, Katie's mother who I liked at parts and questioned at others. Jacob, Katie's brother, who was probably my favorite character of this novel. He was all the things that were missing in Katie. He made me understand her more and I understood his decision completely. Then there was Samuel, Katie's Amish boyfriend, which I think was lacking a little character development. Obviously we could see he cared about Katie, but there wasn't much else to Samuel. The last character would be Jacob's roommate, Adam. He was such an interesting character and mysterious too. You never quite knew what was going to happen with him.
I learned so much about Amish life while reading Plain Truth. I learned I couldn't imagine a life with out electricity. There are a lot of things about the Amish life I strongly disagree with especially their treatment of women. I'm always willing to learn and I found the Amish aspect of this book intriguing.
Plain Truth has a twist at the end as I have come to expect with any Jodi Picoult book. The end left me shocked and thinking. Although the end gave me peace with some characters it left me questioning and wondering about other characters. I think it was a perfect ending for Plain Truth. A book that was full of so many curve balls I never knew what was coming next. Plain Truth is an amazing novel that kept me on my toes and helped me learn a lot. Plain Truth was an amazing, quick read.
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