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Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
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Jul 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-women-s-fiction

Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Jodi Picoult is a master. I marveled often at her abilities and frequently stopped to study her writing - when I wasn’t busy whipping through the pages to see how this novel would end. A few short words and her characters leap off the page. I laughed, I cried, I thought and talked about the novel and its issues. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I put it down. I suspect this one won’t be forgotten easily.

Sing You Home was only the second Jodi Picoult novel I have read, and it was completely different the first one, Salem Falls which takes place in a small town and was full of multiple characters. Here we focus on a few characters who grew in my heart as they navigated through the issues they faced.

I had no idea what Sing You Home was about when I picked it up, but I expected something a little heavier and true to Picoult’s style, it was full of controversy and surprising choices. Picoult does a fantastic job of painting characters so real and grounded in time and place. After a heart-splitting beginning, this novel journeys deep into the land of reproduction technology and the legalities surrounding frozen embryos. The pain of Zoe’s infertility is achingly obvious as is the love she eventually shares with Vanessa and the discomfort and confusion Max struggles with is palpable.

The ending surprised me. I struggled throughout this novel to predict the outcome but would never have been able to figure it out. It chocked me up and it wasn’t expected which I enjoyed. Fan of Picoult will not be disappointed.

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