Wish You Were Here - Jodi Picoult

Wish You Were Here

Author: Jodi Picoult

  • Publication Date: 2021-11-30
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4
(From 1,104 Ratings)


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film • Named One of the Best Books of the Year by She Reads

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders.

In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself—and wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.


  • Spoiler alert

    By AGReko
    Are we not talking about the the knucklehead who gave away the plot twist in his/her review??? Despite the his/her stupidity, I am reading the book and so far is enjoyable.
  • Wish You Were Here

    By Appropriate Abby
    I was sorely disappointed in the singular theme of meeting the never-ending emotional needs of the narcissistic main character. The storyline dragged on & on & on.
  • I only read this because I paid for it

    By Katmegames
    One review said the book had very little to with Covid. Sadly that wasn’t true in my estimation. I think at least half or two-thirds of this book is about Covid. I understand that many were affected by Covid, personally they got sick or knew someone that got sick and died. But we are all still living this nightmare, and I’ve taken to reading about three books a week to deal with the isolation and the lost freedoms. So reading about Covid was not something I wanted to do. Half of the storyline is entertaining and thought provoking. The half I could read about in the “news”, which I avoid…
  • Give this one a hard pass

    By Magskm101
    I’ve loved prior novels. As a healthcare worker, had I known where this was going I most definitely would have passed.
  • Very Retrospective

    By Adadale
    This book is not about Covid like a person would assume. It’s really a story about connecting on all of our human experiences during the pandemic and how this can give you a different perspective on your past, current and future lives.
  • Wish you were here

    By Awesomeness injustice
    I enjoyed it until you made it political.
  • Eh

    By SWAppReviews
    Not her best work
  • Great examination of what matters

    By K.schoff
    Thank you for this wonderful book. I didn’t see the twist coming and it made the book even better.
  • Good plot twist

    By Dullam
    I was not expecting the plot twist in the middle. Well done. Despite the fact this book as a Covid theme to it, it is readable and not a downer.
  • Wish You Were HERE

    By DeniseK.
    Not one of her best. This book did not keep my interest at all.