Book Review: Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult


Title: Wish You Were Here

By: Jodi Picoult

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 336

Release Date: November 30th, 2021

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a deeply moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Gal├ípagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. The whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.

Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different. 


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Another incredible read by Jodi Picoult.

Diana has been dreaming of the vacation she's planned with her boyfriend Finn to the Galapagos islands for a while now, but when the pandemic breaks out, Finn, a doctor, has to stay behind. The trip isn't all the Diana hopes it would be. The day she arrives on the island, it shuts down due to covid. She has no place to stay and no way to get home.

This story was so sweet and wonderful to read. The people surrounding Diana on the island have stories of their own that really make for deep relatable characters and great connections between all the major players in the story.

I have to say, I didn't see the major twist at the end coming, and I'm not going to tell you anything about it because it will ruin the story, but you need to read this book. I'm a hard person to pull the wool over my eyes, but Picoult did it. She shocked me.

This really was a wonderful read that I enjoyed immensely. Great for a rainy afternoon.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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