Just finished reading My Sister's Keeper this weekend. Jodi Picoult is the kind of writer who uses words like a paintbrush and who also tells great stories.
You know, some writers--Anne Lamott comes to mind--can write so well you just want to memorize the words they've put together to describe something common in a completely new and perfect way; but their stories are kind of meh. And then there are writers like Dan Brown who can tell a reasonably good story, but whose writing you want to mark up with a red pen.
But JP has it all. She puts words together in ways that inspire awe. And this story she came up with, it's modern, complex, touching, believable, painful and stunning. I loved it.