Jodi spent her childhood in New York up until the age of 13 when her family moved to New Hampshire. She later went on to study creative writing at Princeton University in New Jersey. Whilst a student there, she had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine, giving her a first taste of the writing bug. Although, it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Jodi hasn’t looked back since, going on to win numerous awards and even had her book ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ turned into a hit film starring Cameron Diaz.
Jodi now lives in New Hampshire with her husband Tim, their three children and a large collection of pets and animals- including puppies, donkeys and geese – and continues to write contemporary fiction with her trademark insight into society and moral issues.
We caught Jodi in-between preparing for her latest book release, to find out which books she would class as her top 5 of all time.
In no particular order-
For its unreliable narrator.
Because unrequited love is the greatest story of all.
Because it was my first Alice Hoffman book
Because it has the best heroine, and a healthy dose of controversy; if I could meet any fictional character it would be Scout.
A wonderful little picture book I used to read my daughter, about a princess whose kingdom is burned by a dragon, who also carries off her fiancé, Prince Ronald. The princess conquers the dragon while wearing a paper bag – with her wits, instead of strength –and rescues Ronald. When she finds him he says disdainfully that she doesn’t look much like a princess, in her paper bag. She replies that he looks like a prince, but he’s a bum – and she leaves on her own, happily ever after.
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