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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
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Thomas
Sing You Home is my new favorite novel by Jodi Picoult, and as of now (mid-March, 2011) my favorite book of this year.

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
Karen Linton
Searching for an apologetic for a homosexual lifestyle? This is the book for you!


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
Nancy
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

This is the first novel I’ve read by Jodi Picoult. I admire her courage and honesty for tackling such issues as infertility, gay rights, parenthood, and religious beliefs. I read somewhere that Jodi’s own teenage son came out to her while she was writing this book. He’s very fortunate to have such supportive parents.

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...more
CaroB
Nov 26, 2011 CaroB rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to CaroB by: Jen Burness
Ms Picoult is simply brilliant. I used to have her on my auto-buy list and have to admit that her last few books, while good, have seemed somewhat formulaic. I was hovering on whether or not to buy this book when my friend suggested it for this month's book-club read. I'm so glad she gave me that push.
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
Naomi
I have come to the conclusion, that, IMO, Ms. Picoult is more than likely the most overhyped female author in the United States today. Now, that I have absolutely suffered through this triffling piece of trash of a book, I can honestly say that. Ms. Picoult's books are one reason why I try to stay away from the big house publishers anymore. Here is another author who is crammed down our throats with mediocre writing. I agree with other reviewers who call Ms. Picoult's books formulaic, but I will...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This story is slightly corny at times, but Jodi Picoult gets bonus points for guts. She's bound to get complaints from both sides of the arguments presented in the book. There will be gay people who say she got things all wrong or trivialized them, and the hate-mongering, gay-bashing religious zealots will probably send her death threats.

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
Morgan F
If you ever read a Jodi Picoult novel, you know the drill. Multiple perspectives, courtroom tension, controversial topic, a little twist, insightful little quotes here and there. Lately, though, I haven't really liked her novels, the more of them I read, the less I like them. However, this one wasn't too bad. It wasn't my favorite by any means, but it wasn't her worse either. It divulged into corniness sometimes, but there were some humorous moments that, in retrospect, I really wish I had writt...more
TheBookofJules
May 17, 2013 TheBookofJules rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like message books.
I don't know how I feel about being preached at, even when I agree with the preacher.

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
Annie
Finished, and I have to say I was incredibly impressed by this one. I've found her last couple of books a tad slow to engage, but this one grabbed me by the throat from page one and never let go. It has a lot of themes, but I thought she juggled them very well. I won't say more for fear of spoiling others' enjoyment, other than the unsurprising news that yes, there's a court scene (but an extremely well done one...). This book introduced me to themes and ideas I've never really looked at before...more
Halle
I think I'm over the whole "important current social issue leads to big dramatic court case" format of Picoult's books.
Ally Marie
I have high expectations for her books because I loved House Rules, Change of Heart and Handle With Care and the can't-turn-the-pages-fast-enough-feeling from reading those books.


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
Suzanne
I was about two thirds of the way through Sing You Home, and I was becoming agitated, thinking it was spoiling my reading experience. I was really annoyed! This was a good thing on reflection though, it meant Ms Piccoult drew me in and created strong strong feelings. I wanted the characters to do certain things, I needed them to! The zealous evangelistic theme was driving me nuts, but now I realise I was rushing and being impatient. I'm like that sometimes.

Partners for life, Zoe and Vanessa hav...more
Arlene
To describe Jodi Picoult’s writing as anything less than powerful and poignant is a grave understatement. With her upcoming release Sing You Home, Picoult plays on her strengths as a writer and provides her readers, once again, with a book that presents some hard hitting controversial topics, a compelling argument for both sides, and a courtroom brawl that has her audience wavering back and forth between both sides of the issue.

For fans of Picoult, you’re going to get a story that’s formulaic to...more
Aleeeeeza
After reading My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, I was pretty apprehensive about reading this one. But after KT’s suggestion to give her another try and Heather’s recommendation of Sing You Home I thought I might as well give it a try. Plus, I only had seven days to read it until it expired on GalleyGrab. And I’m kind of glad for that, because if it weren’t, I probably wouldn’t have even read it.

So, the story: Max and Zoe have been married for nine years, five of which they’ve spent in earnest...more
Jennine Jones
I decided that I would not finish this book. For now I am taking a vacation from Jodi. I loved Nineteen Minutes and My Sisters Keeper. However, lately the books seem to be cookie cutter. I feel a sense of deja vu when I read one and it is not a good thing. I was interested in the infertility issues as I suffered through many of the things she decribed, and I could relate to her description. I'm not particularly interested in lesbian relationship stories but was willing to take the trip with her...more
Joanie
When I read what Jodi Picoult's new book was about I laughed, not because the topic is funny but because instead of the usual formula of one controversial social issue, this book contains about 10 and it also includes a companion CD, lyrics written by Miss Picoult herself. I laughed, I mocked, and then I went out and bought it. I am clearly the biggest fool on the planet.



Picoult's books draw me back like an old boyfriend. Initially things seem good, I get caught up in the story (crying already...more
Annie
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Teresa

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
TinasBookReviews
Zoe and Max love being in love….years ago that is. The pain of miscarriages, in-vitro procedures, ovulation schedules and thousands of dollars spent has placed the marriage in a trying situation. After the loss of another baby- one that was far into the pregnancy, Max and Zoe are both heartbroken but Zoe wants to move forward and try again for the 11th time….Max does not.....

Zoe is a music therapist, mostly she works at the hospital cheering patients up or working with specific individuals to ha...more
Kelly
If you read my book reviews, then you already know that I'm a Jodi fan. I know that some criticize her plots and writing style and the fact that she has her own formulaic style and that a few of my English teacher friends think her work paltry. (I wonder why so many literate and literary people are threatened by popular authors? I guess I'm just a book slut and can usually find something worthwhile- however minute- in most everything that I read.)What I like about Jodi's books are the characters...more
Dhitri
This book is unexpectedly brilliant. It took me through a roller coaster ride of emotions, one that keeps you lightheaded and dizzy, in an exhilarating way, long after you put down the book.

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
Michael
I went into this book with no expectations as this is the first book ive read by Jodi Picoult. I was drawn to this book by the issues that were raised, issues that i feel very strongly about and think it was very brave of Jodi to write about. I can say now i am totally blown away by what ive read and simply cant think enough superlatives to say how good this book is.


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
Mmtimes4
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist – using music clinically to soothe burn victims in a hospital; to help Alzheimer’s patien...more
Cheryl
I like books that make me think about life, books that challenge me in some way to expand my perceptions and understanding about how other people approach life. This book does that. The story line is set around Zoe Baxter and her quest to have a child. Her quest takes her through several failed pregnancies, a divorce, an unexpected new love and hope for the future, only to find out it won't be so easy. The hardcover version of this book includes a complete CD of original songs to be played with...more
Eva Leger
This is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best b-day present ever was to finish this in the middle of the night on my birthday!!!!!! I still wish it didn't end though.

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
Laurie
This booked grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. It touched on the issues of gay rights and infertility with great insight. The main character, Zoe, is a music therapist and I love the CD that comes with the book. There is a song to go with every chapter.

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
Anne
Oh my! Another absolutely compelling read and most definitely one of her very best. There has been some online criticism that Jodi Picoult writes to a formula, I'm not sure that is completely true, but agree that her novels are always about social issues, family drama and relationships. Yes, once again, the story is narrated individually by the main characters, but as always, it really does work. What better way to see all sides of the same story? If this is formula - then it works for me as a f...more
Trish
I can see, I think, what makes Picoult such a popular author. She chooses controversial situations and works her way through some logic, helping readers come to grips with questions that may nag them. Her writing is clear and accessible, and the story manages to hang together, but I felt nothing for the characters by the end. They felt like two-dimensional megaphones for their respective positions, in this case the religious right fights an openly gay couple for cryogenically frozen embryos. The...more
willaful
(Won from First Reads.)

I’ve read many of Picoult’s previous books and generally find them very gripping, but on the sensationalistic and manipulative side. Perhaps it’s because it addressed two issues close to my heart -- infertility and gay civil rights -- but Sing You Home didn’t feel that way to me. Okay, maybe a bit manipulative, and sometimes somewhat self-conscious -- mainly in the narrative of Vanessa, a lesbian character who seems to constantly need to proclaim how unstereotypical and no...more
Carmel
Well this took me so long to read, not because of the story itself but life getting in the way! I finished reading this book in the middle of the night, again not beause I had to finish it but because my daughter came home from a night out & woke me up & I couldn't get back to sleep!
Although I did enjoy this book it didn't have me unable to concentrate on other things because I needed to read it. But the subject is close to my heart, as I'm a big supporter of same-sex marriage and believ...more
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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