Sing You Home Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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She is a master of her craft and humanity is what Picoult does best (Telegraph)
Picoult gives her readers all the virtuosic plotting, cliffhangers and twists they've come to expect (Daily Mail)
Jodi Picoult takes a controversial and provocative subject and uses it as a backdrop to a touching and emotional drama (Sunday Express)
You can always rely on Jodi Picoult to spin a riveting read around an issue of our times (Good Housekeeping)
Superb (The Times)
You can't choose who you love . . . Jodi Picoult's powerful and gripping number one bestseller asks what it takes to make a family in today's world.See all Product description
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The other part is about Zoe's incompetence as a music therapist. She seems to wander around with her acoustic guitar like a travelling minstrel. She has no hesitation about diving, univited, into the rooms of dying children and older men to seemingly play them the wrong tunes. Her relationship with the suicidal teenager is just bizarre and her treatment methods unlikely to achieve anything but more likely to make the situation worse. This part of Picoult's writing slides into the mawkish. She is often overly tempted to slip into aphorisms that seem to be straight out of a self-help book.
I worry that Picoult tries too hard to hit the right 'buttons' to produce emotional effect. I know, though, that I am in a minority here and appreciate that many appreciate this book very much. For me, it was not one of Jodi's best.
Maybe that is why I am so disappointed with this book. It is still very easy to read and enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I was frustrated throughout and felt cheated on finishing it. It's difficult to explain thoroughly without giving too much a way, but lets just say that there are A LOT of cliches, plot holes and things that just seem a little far-fetched, on top of an obvious attempt to follow her successful formula. So many lifechanging decisions are made in a very short space of time, as if to enable Picoult to cram all her themes into one story. Moreover, some of these things just seem a 'convenient' way to get from A to B and are quickly forgotten - one of them being a character called Lucy, possibly the most interesting character in the book, who we hear nothing of at the end (and no, I don't think this is some intentional plot device).
The main characters are weak and flimsy, their behaviour a lot of the time seems off par, and I never really sympathised with any of them; in fact, at times they just bugged me. The lesbian issue seemed to be viewed through rose tinted spectacles, naive and a little too neat and tidy for me. The religious aspect felt double standard much of the time and each point of view too clear cut. Even the theme of motherhood and IVF that is central to the book seemed superficial and, although the ideas for a great story were there, it never really felt like it achieved all that it could have. It seemed more like an early draft that needed padding out a little to make it whole, almost as if she had rushed to get it on the shelf - even the eventual court scenes that bring us our conclusion only cover a chapter or two and we hear only tidbits of people's statements. Another 100 - 200 pages would not have hurt this book at all.
I could go on, but I don't want to sound too negative. After all, I did devour this book over a couple of days and it was hardly a chore; it won't stop me from buying future books by Picoult either. However, I think the author needs to realise that a good book is worth waiting for and that we, as readers, would much rather she take the extra time to get it right than to continue releasing half-hearted attempts so as to keep up with her yearly output.
I loved this novel. It's hard to say too much without giving away any of the plot, but I will say that it focuses on the true to life issues of the heartbreak of losing a baby, the struggles of IVF, same sex relationships and religion- a real mixed bag of engrossing topics! That's the main point of this novel: it feels real. Very real. In fact, it upset me at points because it felt so true to life and was written so compassionately on the certain situations and scenarios.
Picoult as ever, has really done her research and crafts a beautiful tale with incredibly drawn characters with believable flaws and personalities; it had me turning the pages wanting to know more about them and their lives and left me unable to put this down. As an atheist myself, I did find it a bit overdone on religious sentiment at time, but it did work with the stories theme and characters actions. I also liked how she incorporated certain current happenings to make the story even more believeable; i.e. at one point she had members of the Westborough Baptist Church in there, which added a completely realistic slant to events and happenings. Nobody quite writes like Jodi!
Recommended for long-time fans of Picoult and anyone wanting to give her books a try for the first time; this would be a great place for you to start- the accompanying CD soundtrack is also a winner (clever idea!) and very fitting with the story itself- just beautiful. I think this is her most personal story yet- and she tells it incredibly well.
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Jodi Picoult, in my eyes, never fails. But this? This was flawless. A masterpiece, even.Read more