Sing You Home
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 counse...more
Zoe Baxter is a music therapist desperate to have a child. Max, her husband of nine years, has his own landscaping business, enjoys surfing, and struggles with alcoholism. Unable to...more
This review is from: Sing You Home: A Novel (Paperback)
I've read all of Jodi's books previously and was so excited to see this one on the shelf at WalMart. Unfortunately,(no spoilers in my review), this novel paints all evangelical Christians as homophobic scumbags and all lesbians as kind-hearted, loving saints. I kept hoping it would change, that Jodi would not keep lumping me in with Westboro Baptist Church idi...more
There are so many things I wish I could say coherently about this book. I was at a loss of words when I finished it three hours ago, and I still am speechless. But I want to write this review while the emotions it evoked are still at their strongest.
The writing was superb as always. Picoult doesn't use a lot of "SAT" vocabulary, or extremely complex sentence structure, but the wa...more
All the common remarks and complaints about Picoult's novels are valid. They're formulaic, reductive, predictable, oversimplified, and they rely a little too h...more
I wont give another synopsis of the story, you can read enough of those on the reviews below. What I will do is give my opinion.
Someone once said (Hemingway? Orwell?) - and I'm paraphrasing: that...more
This review is going to be raw and my most honest review on Goodreads to date. This is going to be long and tedious and I will completely understand if it's a TL;DR type deal. No worries. But I feel this must be said.
This is because I have been one of those evangelical Christians that were so thoroughly bashed in this novel. I have also been with my very best guy friend in the entire world as he came out and got...more
So, the story: Max and Zoe have been married for nine years, five of which they’ve spent in earnest...more
Let me first state I live in The Netherlands where the people are proud of being so called tolerant.
To me gays are just like you and me. Not better and not worse.Gays are accepted here although I already hate the word accepted cause as I say I do not consider them any different than heterosexuals.
So when I started to read this book I was intrigued and made a lot of notes.
I was raised as a Roman Catholic but that...more
I was disappointed because I found the storyline to be very predictable and hoped for a shocking ending with unexpected twists and turns throughout. I don't want to post spoilers, so I will just say that: Max acted as I anticipated throughout the story, Lucy's part of the story was obvious from the beginning, Vanessa/Zo...more
By Jove, or should that be, by Jodi, goddess of modern-day storytelling, she’s done it again! In Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult has covered the four E’s “educate, entertain, engage and enthuse” and has created a belter of a story which genuinely fits the description “unputdownable”.
This will be a short but sweet review as I don’t wish to include spoilers which would mar future readers’ enjoyment. The story is told from three different perspectives, Zoe Baxter, a musician and music therapist, her hu...more
The story kicked off on a gut-wrenching start when Zoe Baxter lost her baby boy, conceived by in vitro, at 28 weeks. From then on, everything just started to fall apart, including her marriage of nine years, until she met Vanessa. The couple got married (not in Rhode Island, where they lived, as same sex mar...more
I love Jodi's style of writing. I specifically like her attention to detail and her exploration into the minds and lives of her characters so that you feel like you really know them. You see Vanessa struggling with being gay and bein...more
The story of a lady named Zoe who had tried for 10 years to have a child with her husband Max but due to all manner of reason's thi...more
Disclaimer: I couldn't stand it; I peeked. I know the ending. Here is my dilemma now -- do I care enough about these people to follow them through every twist and turn, every curve, every thought -- to get to the end.... or am I satisfied with knowing how it turns out? Truthfully, I haven't resolved that yet. Sometim...more
Once I started reading Sing You Home, I couldn't put it down. I read this in less than a day and I want to read it again. It's truly absorbing. This story revolves around a custody battle between Max and his ex-wife Zoe over their frozen embryos from previous IVF treatments. There are points in...more
Picoult's books draw me back like an old boyfriend. Initially things seem good, I get caught up in the story (crying already...more
This is classic Picoult. If you liked her others - you'll like this. I know, without a doubt, that if I had never heard of Jodi Picoult and I picked this up I'd fall in love with her writing immediately. (The only book of hers I wouldn't recommend someone read first is
Songs of the Humpback Whale. It's not bad but it's older, slow...more
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