Wish You Were Here - Jodi Picoult

Wish You Were Here

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2021-11-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,366 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 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six)

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.


  • For .99 cent a good read

    By JaysCyn
    I enjoyed her earlier books the last couple seem to miss the mark of her earlier books.
  • Good, easy read

    By uhmilli
    Almost didn’t finish. It gets better after the first half. Finished the second half in one night.
  • Like a Lifetime made-for-TV movie

    By pTPacRat
    A somewhat cheesy plot, stilted dialogue, and one dimensional characters. I’m glad I finished it but disappointed I chose this book at all.
  • One of the best I have read in a very long time!

    By JWH1970
    It has been quite some time since I have ready a book that I simply did not want to put down. Bravo in a job well done!!!!
  • Simply Amazing

    By ReaderRunnerMom
    Oddly mesmerizing and terrifying to read and think back to the start of Covid. Amazing book
  • Love it

    By Vialg7
    Jodi Picoult is an amazing writer, she has an amazing way of making you feel as if you’re in the book and living it instead of just reading it. This is the 3rd time that I’ve read this book and each time it resonates more, it brings me heartache but also hope and joy. I absolutely love it, one of my all time favorites
  • Ever enchanting

    By Iwishitwouldstopraining!
    Picoult books are always gut wrenching to me and this one does not disappoint. My heart aches for the female role and I fell in love with her alt reality. So many heart strings were pulled in this one! I was crying for the death of my own mother….and she’s alive and well! One of my faves by this author for sure!
  • It was okay

    By Bebelei58
    🚨small spoiler alert -stranded in the Galapagos during pandemic shutdowns?! I’ll take it, but remind me to take a few hundred in cash to any unknown areas 😅anywho, on to the review… If there were half stars I’d give this book a 3.5 ⭐️ star review. For me, the beginning- well really a good chunk of Part One of the book is pretty slow. It doesn’t really pick up until well over 300 pages in and that’s because you get drawn into the main character Diana’s, little adventures and the relationships that she’s building with the islanders. There’s an unexpected and somewhat mind blowing twist that takes you from serene Galapagos to smack dab in the middle of Covid New York. I wish the author didn’t leave the Galapagos portion so open ended at the end of the story. Part two of the book is definitely quicker to read than the first part. The parallels drawn between our own reality and the dystopian-like world we under went during the first two years of Covid were completely accurate and gave you a look into the life of a health care provider- not pretty. You can see where the relationship is going with her boyfriend and I loved the part where she tries to connect with her mom before it’s too late. Overall, a huge chunk of the beginning and the ending- not so great. The middle leading up to the end, good.
  • Liked it, but not the ending.

    By kmw9985
    I really liked this book and it gave me a lot to think about, but I was disappointed in the ending. It felt like the author was in a rush to finish and there was enough foreshadowing that I could guess the ending.
  • Frustrating

    By Wpco
    I love love love Jodi Picoult. Her books are often crafted and piggy backed off current social, criminal and emotional issues, I find them with good story lines and characters. Her talent to write is still amazing yet this book I wanted to throw into the street and run over as it brought up what I know to be her political views and often debated issues on Covid, Faucci and the overall angle I am beyond exasperated and scarred from. Enough already. I need an adventure with her reading not another visit to the doctor or therapist. Her books are becoming more an more observant of her personal views.