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“I loved this book. I loved the love, the tenderness, the rawness. I thought it was brutal and lovely at the same time.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I loved My Sister's Keeper and Mercy, but since those novels, I have not been impressed by Picoult. This latest book is more of the same. The characters were all one-dimensional, boring stereotypes. The "surprise" ending was predictable from the beginning. The plot was extremely rushed, and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a fine novel that explores the emotional turmoil when a woman (Zoe) is left alone when her husband (Max) leaves her for the bottle, and finds friendship and love with another woman (Vanessa). When the two women want the embryoes that Zoe and Max had, they are opposed by Max, who has joined an anti-gay church, and wants to give them to to his brother Reid and his sister-in-law Liddy.
This is narrated from three viewpoints (Zoe, Vanessa and Max). It shows their emotions well, but did not explore Vanessa as well as it could. Picoult ended up making her seem almost a copy of Zoe. There was not much difference between the two. I think a fourth narrative should have been included, namely Liddy, who had an important role to play, yet we never found out what she was really thinking when we needed to. It would have added to the scope of the novel.
I guessed what the twist was before the end. As Lucy was a strand in the book that kept featuring, I guessed who she was really related to.
Not Jodi Picoult's best book, but it handles the issue of lesbianism very well, when a woman divorces her husband and finds true love with another female.”
“An intense story that brought up many questions about what a "proper" family means in today's society. One of the only Piccoult books where I have loved the ending.”Maggie Ferguson wrote this review Wednesday, November 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book Sing You Home By Jodi Picoult. I really think it was confusing at the beginning. The first chapter what i have read. Is about a song that see hears about her dad. Her dad she whitened die. Post more as I read!
“good”Robert C, McCann wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'd give it a 2.5 for ok.
I used to read everything Picoult produced, but at some point, while I still think of her as a decent author, many of the stories started to feel formulaic in their multiple point of view, alternating style that has now been done by so many. While Sing You Home held my attention enough to want to keep reading and see it through to the end, it held little surprise for me of what that ending would be. The dialogue and character's descriptions were well done if not sparkling. There just didn't seem to be enough tension to feel like there was ever any real conflict in the plot or that the end was less than a foregone conclusion.
After feeling like the plot was also a bit dated with the equal marriage/gay rights theme, issues I've worked on for years, I double checked the date of publication sure that I must have been reading a much older book than I realized; nope-2011 and while Rhode Island is certainly different in political climate feeling than my home in California, this felt outdated. Perhaps that dated feeling reflects more on the rapid change of political landscape on this issue and less on Picoult's writing, but it just felt like a book that is already reading as dated and will only grown more so in another few years.
I wouldn't rule out reading another Picoult book in the future, but it may also be that I've hit the parting of ways that occasionally happens to me with an author where I feel I've run my course of interest with their work, as much as I may have enjoyed it at some prior point in my life, and it is time to move on, my own interests now having grown in different ways from theirs. ”
“Didn't have the benefit of listening to the customised soundtrack as I read it; ending felt contrived; could have been more fleshing out of the relationships involved. Yet the writing is involved and the plot engaging. Loved the little details-- completely hooked when two characters trotted out Rumi and e. e. cummings as part of their wedding vows. I'm generally not a Picoult fan but this was surprisingly palatable!”Yvonne Poon wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Painfully sappy and predictable. ”Polly wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome read, full of twist and turns. I loved it and I recommend any of her books.”Liliana M wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book!”Sally F Moe wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No