I am in a Jodi Picoult phase right now. My sister and I are crazy about her novels. I believe she is pure genius, breaking boundaries and writing about controversial topics in a very empathic and touching voice. I also vowed I should stop reading her books because some topics could be a bit depressing and heartbreaking. But I couldn’t seem to stay away from borrowing more of her books.
Vanishing Acts is the second novel I read of Jodi Picoult after blowing me away with the “The Storyteller”. Vanishing Acts’ storyline remind me of that acclaimed Filipino film starring Claudine Baretto, Diether Ocampo and Jericho Rosales, “Nasaan Ka Man. Three friends growing up together and both guys falling in love with the girl. Of course, the girl falls in love with only one of them. But no, not one of them is a killer nor the other a bad guy unlike the Filipino movie. It is also more about a story of a love of a parent and the measures he/she will do for the love of his/her child. *Spoiler Alert. Delia, the protagonist, learned only that she was kidnapped at a very young age by her dad when police came to their house to arrest her father. Now, she has to ask her fiancé (one of her childhood friend) to be the lawyer to defend her dad in court. Delia, who is a mother herself, struggles with this new revelation in her life. What if her child was taken by her child’s father too, away from her? Would she’ve done the same thing if she was in his dad’s position?
In the novel, you realise the special bond that God had created for a child and parent. It is precious, extraordinary and blessing. It is a blessing that comes with tremendous sacrifices and selfless acts to testify your love for God’s gift to you. Reading this, I salute all parents and my parents especially. Our parents will always have our best interest at heart. They will do anything to give us a better future and protect us from harm even if it means sacrificing their own life, their career, their freedom…
Book Club points for discussion:
1. Who would you want Delia to end up with? Eric or Fitz and why?
2. Would you’ve done the same thing that Delia’s dad did for her?
3. Which celebrity actress you think should best play Delia?