Wish You Were Here
By Jodi Picoult
Did I stay up past my bedtime to finish one more book in February? Yes.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult is a 5-star book with so much heart and thought surrounding the story of Diana as she faces the start of the pandemic in New York City in March 2020. This book treats the COVID pandemic and all who have been impacted by it with care and opened my eyes to others’ experiences.
What I loved about this book
- Diana’s drive and ambition, to which I can totally relate, and how she struggled when life took an unplanned turned.
- Finn, Diana’s boyfriend, who is a frontline resident and whose narrative builds respect and empathy for all caretakers.
- The Galapagos. I definitely added this archipelago to my bucket list after reading Picoult’s descriptions.
- The people Diana meets on Isabela Island. Beatriz and Gabriel are rich, nuanced characters. Abuela is a joy.
This book is full of triggers, as the pandemic is still real in so many ways. But, Picoult handles it with the grace and beautiful writing for which she is known. I definitely recommend this book as I found it to be unique and engaging.