Wish You Were Here Book Reviews

Jodi Picoult

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film • Named one of the best books of the year by She Reads

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 an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. 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 Galápagos—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. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, 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.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, 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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Book Name Wish You Were Here
Genre Fiction & Literature
Language English
E-Book Size 4.49 MB

Wish You Were Here (Jodi Picoult) Book Reviews 2024

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Good, easy read. Almost didn’t finish. It gets better after the first half. Finished the second half in one night.

Wish you were here. I enjoyed it until you made it political.

Another great book by Jodi Picoult!. This book draws you in right away and never lets you go until the very last word.

Wish You Were Here. I was sorely disappointed in the singular theme of meeting the never-ending emotional needs of the narcissistic main character. The storyline dragged on & on & on.

Best book I’ve read in a long time!!. I’ve always been a huge Jodi Picoult fan. I think this is one of her best. Maybe because it’s so relative to the times, maybe because it reminds us how fat we have come, or maybe it’s a reminder of what”s important in life…follow your heart! Thanks Jodi!

One of the best I have read in a very long time!. It has been quite some time since I have ready a book that I simply did not want to put down. Bravo in a job well done!!!!

Excellent beach read. One of my favorite JP books. I loved the surprise turn of events and the idea of chasing your dreams.

Loved this book!. Excellent book!! Very thought provoking….

Simply Amazing. Oddly mesmerizing and terrifying to read and think back to the start of Covid. Amazing book

Liked it, but not the ending.. I really liked this book and it gave me a lot to think about, but I was disappointed in the ending. It felt like the author was in a rush to finish and there was enough foreshadowing that I could guess the ending.

Eh. Not her best work

Spoiler alert. Are we not talking about the the knucklehead who gave away the plot twist in his/her review??? Despite his/herstupidity, I am reading the book and so far is enjoyable.

An excellent read that will one day be considered historical…. A Surprising twist catches you completely off guard & makes you realize how well researched her books always are!

Loved. Amazing. Eye opener

Disappointed…. Super disappointed with this book. Didn’t want to read a book that had a political agenda. I won’t be reading any more books by this author.

Loved it.. Well done, Picoult!

Not the actual book! (Sample). I found out the sample that I read was not the actual book not sure if those that purchased the book got the actual book or not

Not Picoult’s best. Very disappointing. Silly storyline and political opinions make this read a bust.

Captivating. I couldn’t put it down ! Great book. Amazing story ❤️

S L O W. There’s a big twist in this book otherwise it was a snooze fest for me! One review said “Covid heavy”! Ummm ya think!?! Not one of my favorite JP books.

I only read this because I paid for it. One review said the book had very little to with Covid. Sadly that wasn’t true in my estimation. I think at least half or two-thirds of this book is about Covid. I understand that many were affected by Covid, personally they got sick or knew someone that got sick and died. But we are all still living this nightmare, and I’ve taken to reading about three books a week to deal with the isolation and the lost freedoms. So reading about Covid was not something I wanted to do. Half of the storyline is entertaining and thought provoking. The half I could read about in the “news”, which I avoid…

Good plot twist. I was not expecting the plot twist in the middle. Well done. Despite the fact this book as a Covid theme to it, it is readable and not a downer.

Outstanding. Absolutely well written. Great story line. Wonderful, well developed characters. The only downfall was the ending. I felt it was unfinished. Waiting for the next book……

Frustrating. I love love love Jodi Picoult. Her books are often crafted and piggy backed off current social, criminal and emotional issues, I find them with good story lines and characters. Her talent to write is still amazing yet this book I wanted to throw into the street and run over as it brought up what I know to be her political views and often debated issues on Covid, Faucci and the overall angle I am beyond exasperated and scarred from. Enough already. I need an adventure with her reading not another visit to the doctor or therapist. Her books are becoming more an more observant of her personal views.

Wish You Were HERE. Not one of her best. This book did not keep my interest at all.

So Bad. This will be the first book I have never finished. There have been other books that I wanted to quit, but I was able to push through! Not this one! Nothing has happened in over a hundred pages! I am Very disappointed because I have loved previous Jodi Picoult books!

Reality or not!. Interesting story and I couldn’t put it down. The descriptions of the Covid patients, the medical staff, and the pandemic were exceptional. The Galapagos adventure was even better.

Ever enchanting. Picoult books are always gut wrenching to me and this one does not disappoint. My heart aches for the female role and I fell in love with her alt reality. So many heart strings were pulled in this one! I was crying for the death of my own mother….and she’s alive and well! One of my faves by this author for sure!

Wish You Were Here. Really good ‘escape book’ . The main character ends up ‘escaping’ during the CoVid epidemic. She finds a paradise in the Galapagos befriends a young girl and finds love. Is it a dream?

Wish you were here. I enjoyed the book , but the ending wish it could of been diff , I wanted more

Really slow. This book is really slow and too much talk about COVID. By far my least favorite JP book

It was okay. 🚨small spoiler alert -stranded in the Galapagos during pandemic shutdowns?! I’ll take it, but remind me to take a few hundred in cash to any unknown areas 😅anywho, on to the review… If there were half stars I’d give this book a 3.5 ⭐️ star review. For me, the beginning- well really a good chunk of Part One of the book is pretty slow. It doesn’t really pick up until well over 300 pages in and that’s because you get drawn into the main character Diana’s, little adventures and the relationships that she’s building with the islanders. There’s an unexpected and somewhat mind blowing twist that takes you from serene Galapagos to smack dab in the middle of Covid New York. I wish the author didn’t leave the Galapagos portion so open ended at the end of the story. Part two of the book is definitely quicker to read than the first part. The parallels drawn between our own reality and the dystopian-like world we under went during the first two years of Covid were completely accurate and gave you a look into the life of a health care provider- not pretty. You can see where the relationship is going with her boyfriend and I loved the part where she tries to connect with her mom before it’s too late. Overall, a huge chunk of the beginning and the ending- not so great. The middle leading up to the end, good.

Love it. Jodi Picoult is an amazing writer, she has an amazing way of making you feel as if you’re in the book and living it instead of just reading it. This is the 3rd time that I’ve read this book and each time it resonates more, it brings me heartache but also hope and joy. I absolutely love it, one of my all time favorites

Meh. This book was exhausting to read, dry story line- I couldn’t even finish it

Not up to par. Enjoyed the first half, but the second not so much.

Realistic and provocatively whimsical. As we are still in the midst of this Covid pandemic, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about it. But this book describes in great detail how the virus took hold of NYC when no one knew how to deal with it. Then her descriptions of what it’s like actually suffering through a severe case, surviving and going through rehab, every single American needs to read this. It’s not the flu, people are still dying and suffering devastating after effects. Thank you for bringing the reality of the disease and the realization of our Misguided values before the pandemic so vividly portrayed in this story.

Give this one a hard pass. I’ve loved prior novels. As a healthcare worker, had I known where this was going I most definitely would have passed.

A year in our life, so far. I wasn’t sure I was ready to read about Covid, but the book is so well written ! I hope people will read it for years to come, so we don’t forget , and hopefully learn from it!

Great examination of what matters. Thank you for this wonderful book. I didn’t see the twist coming and it made the book even better.

Awesome book. Love this book! The ending not so much, but still can’t wait until her next book

Great twist. Loved this book. Such an unexpected twist. Excellent portrayal of NYC during the pandemic. Tugged at my heart as I lived through it. Equally great description of the other location, the Galapagos. Well drawn characters.

For .99 cent a good read. I enjoyed her earlier books the last couple seem to miss the mark of her earlier books.

Like a Lifetime made-for-TV movie. A somewhat cheesy plot, stilted dialogue, and one dimensional characters. I’m glad I finished it but disappointed I chose this book at all.

Very Retrospective. This book is not about Covid like a person would assume. It’s really a story about connecting on all of our human experiences during the pandemic and how this can give you a different perspective on your past, current and future lives.

Best book I’ve read in 2021. I read it in 48 hours. I never saw that one coming!

Wow!!!!. Loved how this book captured the feelings of patients first responders survivors. Left me with so much to think about. Maybe I’ll leave my husband after 63 years lol

Surprised me!. .

Will I still. One of those books you finish and have no idea what you feel toward it. I think I loved it in a way… but will I tomorrow?

Beautiful tale!. I was not expecting a book about NDEs so that was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed it and a part of me would love to believe in the idea of other universes where another version of our self has taken a different journey than the reality we know. I hope it’s real! I hope it’s true! And I hope that it was Gabriel who grabbed Diana’s wrist at the end! Thank you, Jodi P. For another page-turning adventure!

Wish You Were There. I somewhat enjoyed the book. I was thrown for a loop when I learned she had Covid-19 and had been in a coma for 10 days. That was a great twist towards the end. There were some parts of the story that dragged regarding her career at Sotheby’s. When she wrote about her one client I felt bored and could wait to get past that section. I had to force myself to get past certain sections. I enjoyed all the vivid details regarding the Galápagos Islands and the connections with the other characters.

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The Wish You Were Here book written by Jodi Picoult was published on 30 November 2021, Tuesday in the Fiction & Literature category. A total of 2,788 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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