This was my first Jodi Picoult. I'd always thought her books were tear-jerkers and that's not a genre I enjoy. I did not cry while reading this book. My heart beat fast at times and I was on the edge of my seat, trying to fathom where it would all lead and how it would end. The first 50 pages had me skeptical, I have to admit, because it seemed like it was going to be a story about a woman in a not-so-great marriage with stresses, particularly the stress of not being able to get pregnant. Soon, though, as additional aspects of the plot caused it to deepen, I found myself very intrigued by the thought-provoking ideals of the characters in the story. At first, I didn't care for the fact that each chapter was told from a different character's point of view (and in a different font!), but I started to appreciate the voice of each character when each change occurred. Once finished, I found myself researching Jodi Picoult and reading some of her interviews and info about Sing You Home. I am an advocate for marriage being the love and relationship between two people who care deeply for each other and want to share their lives together, regardless of their gender. I also am challenged in comprehending with totality the fact that many religions press upon their congregation in (what sometimes appears to me) as a manipulative way. This book touched upon so many controversial topics, as well as the line between church and state and I highly recommend it as a thought-provoking and conversation-starting read!
This is one of the books by Jodi that I really loved. I find it sad that other reviewers couldn't put away their homophobia and see the beauty of the story. As always Jodi makes us think, and examine not only what we think and feel but what others with different views might think and feel about an issues. And as is always true with a Picoult book, there is a nice plot twist.
I was going to say if you dont want a gay character as a big part of the story , skip this book, but if your mind is still open, you might want to read it anyway.
I have read some of the other reviews and found some that trash the book because of the controversial nature of the subject matter.
Interesting. I think that precisely BECAUSE the book is provocative and thought provoking that I would give the book 5 stars irrespective of whether I agree with the author's stated position or not.
This is the first Picoult book I have read, and I selected it because it seemed less bland than some of her others. I'm glad I read it.
This book sat on my To-Be-Read shelf way too long and I am kicking myself. What a fantastic story! Picoult again shines as she takes on several hot topics, gay rights, alcoholism, Evangelical Christian beliefs, divorce, troubled teens and more. Same-sex marriage/definition of family was the main issue and the author showed all sides. This book came out in early 2011 and people's views on the main premise of the story continue to evolve and had the outcome of the election been different this evolution may have stopped and took a giant step backward.
Zoe Baxter battle with infertility was heartbreaking and after 10 years of in vitro fertilization, several miscarriages, and a stillborn baby, her marriage just crumbles. Her husband, Max, is ready to give up on having a child and Zoe just can't.
This story took me on a emotional roller coaster which is what this author's stories always do. I become heavily invested in these character's lives. I really wanted to hate Max but couldn't. I hated the bigotry of the people around him and the way they used him to promote their own agenda at a time in his life when he was weak and needing guidance. Zoe's life from her music therapy clients to her life with Vanessa warmed by heart. After all she had been through to be strong enough to still put other people's needs first was so inspiring.
Sadly the accompanying CD did not come with my copy but it was not necessary to have music for me to be moved by this story. I devoured the almost 500 pages very quickly. I am sure many excellent book club discussions have taken place about this book as people's feeling on these issues will run the gambit.
Jodi is one of my favorite authors and she does it again with Sing You Home. It is a nice story that grabs you right away and keeps your interest through to the end. If you like her writing or want to give it a try this is a great book to start off with.