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Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller

The Storyteller
Jodi Picoult
Adult Fiction
Rating 3.75

Jodi Picoult hasn’t fascinated me in the past, but the WWII theme does and is what drew me to this story (and the cover being gorgeous doesn’t hurt either).  The Storyteller tells the stories of an ex-Nazi, a depressed recluse, and a Holocaust survivor by weaving their tales together into a rather heart wrenching novel.

But forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself.  It’s saying, “You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.” It’s saying, “You don’t get to trap me in the past.  I am worthy of a future.”

Sage, the modern day main character, carries guilt with her everywhere she goes and she hides behind it like it is a shield.  Her life is currently a hot mess and then everything becomes even more turned around when a supposed friend of hers decides to divulge his life-altering secret of having once been a Nazi.  Honestly, Sage annoyed me and the part I liked best about her was her bread making, which invariably made me extremely hungry every time I picked up the book!

What made this story for me though, was when it shifted characters and time periods to the Holocaust survivor during WWII.  This part, I felt, was well written, if hard to stomach at times.  It was fascinating and seemed well researched.  I also enjoyed the fairytale which was weaved throughout the story tying everything together and giving some added depth.

Despite the fact I enjoyed parts of the story so much, it definitely isn’t my favorite WWII novel.  Some of the situations were just so coincidental I almost wanted to slam the book shut at parts. However, it’s worth reading for the messages and at the end I wanted to go back and re-read some of it…but not on the top of my WWII fiction stories.

Other WWII fiction I’ve enjoyed: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana deRosnay, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

Any thoughts, comments, ideas from my lovely readers?

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