- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 694 KB
- Print Length: 41 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (22 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KLLE92C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This short novella is exactly that. It introduces us to Ruth, her sister Rachel and her mother, alongside some secondary characters at Ruth's new school. You see she has been enrolled into a school formerly only filled with wealthy white children. So she stands out. And so the bullying unfolds.
The fury I felt from some of the ideas posed in this novella proves just how special it is. I didn't expect to become so engrossed by barely 40 pages. It is intended to make you want to read the larger book of course, to introduce you to the key characters, but ultimately it's given me this burning desire to find out what happens to Ruth. I have to know her story.
Picoult rarely fails to make me emotional by forcing me to connect with characters - I often read the blurb and feel I might be disappointed by them but I rarely am. I definitely recommend this short novella as an introduction to Picoults writing, some important questions and some interesting characters. An easy five stars for me.
The novella focusses on Ruth's childhood and how she adapts to her new school with Christina and the confusion she feels as a child about their friendship. As interesting as it was to read after I had already finished Small Great Things, it really didn't add anything much to Ruth's story and for me personally was a little disappointing.
If you have read Small Great Things, I don't think this adds anything but if you are undecided about reading Small Great Things this is a small introduction to the character of Ruth.
Ruth’s mother, Lou works for Ms Mina, and Ruth’s best friend is Mina’s daughter, Christina. But at school, Christina is different. Ruth isn’t included. Her teacher, Ms Thomas is always kind and inspiring; her classmates are not; her older sister Rachel opens her eyes to reality; her Mama is fiercely supportive. An excellent taste of Small Great Things, an excerpt of which is included
This book follows Picoult's usual style with alternate chapters from different character’s POVs. In this book, we are introduced to Ruth. Ruth is a young black girl and she has been enrolled into a school predominantly filled with wealthy white children. This means that she is different from the other children and we learn how the other children and Ruth deal with this.
I was immediately captured by the story and was interested to see how it unfolded. I would have like more information and background on the characters but I appreciate that in 40 pages, the novella gave me what a novella is supposed to give; an introduction and teaser into a bigger story. As always, Picoult raises some serious issues and make you think about how you would (and do) handle situations in your own life.
I love Picoult’s writing, style, characters and the way she makes you question your own beliefs and this novella is no different. I absorbed it in one sitting and moved straight onto Small Great Things.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fab prequel to Small Great Things. An insightful look into Ruth's early life and the struggles she faced as a child.Published 22 days ago by Lotte Mason
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