Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Zoe Baxter thought she had the perfect life. She loved her husband, Max, and they were thrilled to finally be expecting a baby. But when tragedy strikes, Zoe’s life spirals into something so very far from what she’d imagined. As she’s putting her life back together, she throws herself into her job as a music therapist, and it is in this job where she meets the best friend who later becomes the love of her life. Unfortunately, she and her partner are met with opposition from many people Zoe thought she could trust – opposition to simply live their lives and have a family of their own.
Sing You Home is about SO many different things. Picoult takes on a lot in this novel and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she really pulls it off. The novel is about divorce, infidelity, gay rights, fundamentalist Christians, but mostly it is a novel about love and family. It is a novel about the true meaning of family, about the fact that family comes in many shapes and sizes and that everyone deserves a chance to have that family he/she dreams of.
I am usually a fan of Jodi Picoult’s books, but in recent years I’ve been underwhelmed with some of what she’s put out there. Not so for Sing You Home. I was extremely satisfied and happy with what she did with the novel, I can safely recommend the book and she is back in my good graces. What I liked best about the book was the character development. With over 400 pages, the reader really gets the opportunity to sink into the book and get to know the characters so it’s a good thing Picoult creates such believable, interesting characters. Everyone in the book felt real to me and while I didn’t particularly like all of them, each one of them added a crucial element to the story.
While Sing You Home has the typical courtroom drama aspect to it that all of Picoult’s books seem to have, in this case I found it to be a small part of the book and fit in perfectly with everything else.
The pacing of this book was absolutely fantastic. I was fully immersed in the story after the first couple of chapters, and once I was about halfway through I could not put it down. Literally – I think I read the entire last half in one Sunday afternoon (something I typically don’t do). And the ending worked very well for me.
Overall, I would say that Sing You Home is one of Jodi Picoult’s better novels. I would definitely recommend it, whether you’re a fan of hers or not.