Picoult’s Plain Truth Worth Reading

Jordan Campagna

Famous for writing My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult has a whole array of other, fabulous books out there, each one usually covering a different controversial topic.

In Plain Truth, an Amish girl gets pregnant and has a child. She’s unmarried though. In her world, that is one of the worst things you can do, so when the newborn is found dead hours after birth, they blame the girl, Katie Fisher, who claims she wasn’t even pregnant. To stay at her farm and not in jail, she must be under 24-hour watch. When none of her family offers, her attorney, Ellie Hathaway somehow finds herself living on an Amish farm for months, with a family that believes everything that she doesn’t. She must work to gain their trust to discover the truth about Katie. Through it all, she not only solves the case, she also discovers who she is.

The book lets you inside an Amish family’s life. It’s a common thought that they are weird, secluded people, but the book shows you how they live. They don’t shun outsiders, they embrace them.

Jodi Picoult has the ability to make you feel like you are there, she can paint such good of a picture that you feel like you are there with Katie while she milks the cows. You feel for Samuel when he hears his girlfriend got pregnant. You feel torn like her mother when she must choose between supporting her daughter or staying with her husband.

The book makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you want more.