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Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
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Dec 12, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, jodi-picoult

I am normally a big JP fan, but this book just didn't do it for me. I know it was her first, and in my opinion, she vastly improved over time. First, I thought it was VERY difficult to be sympathetic to Jane's character. I know her backstory was supposed to make this happen, but in the end I just thought she was a whiny immature woman who didn't have the decency to just make up her mind already.

Second, I thought the Hadley-Rebecca relationship was super odd. I see the type of relationship Picoult was trying to create, but it still just seemed like an older guy was playing with a "kid". Sorry, if you want me to believe she's not a kid, don't have him giving her piggyback rides in every scene. On a similar note, I had a tough time with the Joley-Jane relationship.

Overall, I just felt less than wow'd at the end. I thought it was interesting to find out how Rebecca interpreted her parent's fight (the only real twist I noted at the conclusion), but that really wasn't enough to turn it around for me.
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