Monday, May 9, 2011

Perfect Match - Jodi Picoult

Did I ever tell you how Ethan's name was chosen? We didn't know Ethan was a boy, and were choosing/discussing names. We had a girl name picked. That was easy. But Scott and I could not agree on a boy's name. Scott wasn't a fan of any of the names I'd suggest.

Then one day, while watching TV, I offered up Nathan. With our last name starting with an N, Scott wouldn't go for it. But then, suddenly, he offered up Ethan. I liked it, and that was done. Why bother thinking up more names when we finally agree upon one?

So you're probably wondering why I'm sharing this when you're here to read my thoughts on this book. Well I need you to know that, because as good as this book is, I had a hard time with it.  The little boy's name is Nathaniel, and he is 5 years old.

The Perfect Match asks, a seemingly innocent question.
Your son has been deeply hurt.
You know the courts won't bring you justice.
What would you do?

Nina Frost is a prosecutor. She is thrown into every mother's nightmare. Her 5 year old son was raped. Knowing the legal system, she knows the chances of her son's molester being prosecuted is rare, and would further damage her son. She feels she has no other choice, but to protect her son by shooting the man responsible.

The problem then comes, when DNA proves that it was not this man, but his half brother. She has killed an innocent man.

The first part of the book was really difficult. It touched way to close to home.

The second part was now about her, her defence, her guilt, her husband, and her son. She vowed to protect her son, but if she goes to jail, she won't be there to protect him. However, she needs to come to terms with the fact that she killed an innocent man. Her husband needs to deal with the fact that his wife killed someone. Should he have been the one to shoot the man? Why didn't he think/follow through with it? What does that say about him?

Perfect Match is a difficult book to swallow. But if you can get passed it's question, it's well worth the read.