Monday, January 24, 2011

#BookReview: Sing You Home - Jodi Picoult

Just when you think she couldn't find one more issue to tackle, Jodi Picoult comes back with not one, not two, but three!  As I began reading Sing You Home, I was pretty sure I knew just where the book was going. Boy, was I wrong.  And for that, I was grateful, since I hate predictable books.

As always, Picoult gives the main characters in her books a voice so that readers get all sides of the story.  Zoe is a music therapist.  Initially I thought this was some new age load of crap, but as I read about her work and thought about how I use music to unwind, it made more sense.  Anyway, Zoe is married to Max, a landscaper and recovering alcoholic.  Their ideal life is only made less ideal by the fact that they've not been able to have children.  So right here is where you think the book is just about in vitro or adoption or something like that, right? Wrong!

Without giving anything away, I'll just tell you that this book will challenge you to think about, or re-think, your position on same sex couples.  It will make you question the motives of some members of the church.  And it will make you wonder to what end will people go to get what they want, regardless of whom it hurts.

What did you like about this book?
Almost every time I thought I knew what was about to happen, I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong.

What didn't you like about this book?
Picoult tends to be wordy and dwell on topics for too long, especially those that seem to be of great interest to her.  That would be a blessing if this were non-fiction and the reader was doing research.  In fiction, it can be a curse.

What could the author do to improve this book?
The title of each chapter is a song, fitting since Zoe is a music therapist.  I think it would be kind of neat to sell a CD of the songs along with the book or perhaps insert them at the beginning of each chapter in the audio book version.

Published: March 1, 2011 (Available for pre-order now)

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