Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Details: Hardcover, 466 pages
Publication: March 1st 2011 by Atria Books
Source: My mom bought it for me.
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My Rating: 5 stars
Summary: One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter’s marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues. The novel also includes a CD of songs, each matched with a chapter in the book. Perfect for book clubs.
Review: I have been wanting to read something by Jodi Picoult for years. I’ve heard a lot of great things about her books, so I was expecting to like Sing You Home when I picked it up. However, I wasn’t expecting the emotional roller coaster. Some might expect that going into a Picoult book, but I don’t normally get that emotional. At most, I might laugh a bit or get a little annoyed. This book had me all over the place and I’m glad I was home alone when I read it.
There were moments while reading this book that I was laughing out loud. There were times I was so angry I wanted to throw the book across the room. There were even times that I had trouble seeing the words on the page because I was crying so hard. Guys, book don’t make me cry. That never happens.
I flew through this book. I started it on a Saturday, but I had to put it down before I was half way through it. I didn’t want to but I was getting a headache. That stupid headache didn’t go away until Monday morning. As soon as it was gone I picked this book back up and just sat there and read. I’m a slow reader and I still had over half the book to read so it took me about 10 hours to read it, but I did it because I just couldn’t put it down.
When I first finished the book, I gave it four stars because I was left with questions about a few characters. However, it has been a week since reading it and I can’t stop thinking about it and how much I loved it. So of course, I had to bump it up to five stars. Yes I may have some questions, but Sing You Home was a great book and deserves a full five stars. I can’t wait to read more by Jodi Picoult.