I'm so pleased I finally made it to a 'Purple Coat Club' meeting. Although I hadn't read the book that was being discussed I still immensely enjoyed the evening.
I have now read the book! It is a very gripping tale. Lots of cliff hangers and a day off today resulted in my inability to put the book down till 7am! I finally finished it this afternoon. Its no Shakespeare, it has been written for a wider audience to explore the modern advances in genetic engineering and about the long term consequences on a young girl who has been brought into this world genetically perfect to save her sister from a rare leukaemia.
It is very American. This opinion was voiced a few times last night. Some felt it was too forceful. Some completed hated Picoult's style. It is written from many different perspectives but the style of writing does not change significantly. This didn't bother me particularly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I clung to every word through every tear (warning: keep a box of tissues handy!)
I recommend it highly to one and all, medics and non medics. Everyone was a child once, everyone has parents and so everyone can relate with this book.
Going to the meeting last night has renewed my lust for reading. It was interesting to read the book after yesterday's discussion. I could consider people's opinions as I read the book, it felt like I wasn't reading alone!
I'm now looking forward to Plath's 'The Bell Jar'.