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I read it differently, and that made the difference.
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018
I always pre-order Jodi Picoult's books, because each one is a page turner and her research goes above and beyond any other author's work of fiction. A Spark of Light didn't download immediately, and that was strange, but an easy fix. I just found it in the Amazon store, clicked on the book and it was added. I couldn't help but read a few reviews when l clicked on the book. It was the day of the release, and I was intrigued. I read that some people were having a hard time getting into the story, because of the way that it was written. I shrugged it off and just started the book.
As I started to read, I began to understand why readers were struggling. It is odd to read in reverse minus the epilogue. Halfway through the book, I decided to read it a little differently, and it really did make a difference in my love for the story. I read through the end of 8:00 (the last chapter before the epilogue), and then I re-read the entire book backwards. After 5:00 (the first chapter), I finally allowed myself to read the epilogue.
I have never read a book this way before, but I really appreciate the story more because of it. I usually breeze through books so excited to find out how they end. I end up re-reading them to get deeper understanding later. This time as I re-read going backwards, I had that deeper understanding before ever knowing the ending. It made the book so much more worth it.
As for the book itself, A Spark of Light really made me think about my own feelings related to women's rights. It really did well with showing many angles and explaining why so many women feel the way that they do. Whether pro life or pro choice, no one's feelings are wrong; they're just different. I'll still re-read this book again - maybe in a different way - because it's simply a great read. No author of fiction writes like Jodi Picoult. My only hope is that we don't have to wait two years for her next book. I can't wait to have the wheels in my heading turning again.