Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You HomeSing 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.


16 thoughts on “Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult”

  1. I have heard varying things about this book, but am glad to hear that you liked it! I don’t really like Picoult all that much, so I probably won’t read this, but I do admit that the topic sounds rather interesting. I did really lile your great and enthusiastic review though!

    1. Yes I found it to be better than some of her newer ones. I still like her older books best, but this is getting back to what I’ve loved about her novels in the past.

  2. I’ve been reading her for years and have to say that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth after reading this one. She is becoming way too formula for me, but I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

    1. LOL funny how people can have such different opinions! I think she is formulaic too but I thought this one was a little outside of her normal mold.

  3. I agree, this is one of her better novels. A few of her previous ones were becoming rehashed versions of others….something the general reading public noticed as well. I was pleased to see her last 2 novels have been original and obviously well researched

  4. Oh no, I disagree, LOL! This was pretty much the only Picoult book I didn’t like. I felt like there was an agenda. But all the reviews I’ve seen either love it or hate it.

    1. LOL. If the agenda was gay rights, yes she probably does have that agenda but I happen to agree with it so it didn’t bother me much. I think in terms of characterization, writing, plot, etc. this was one of her better novels, but I can see how it would give people a bad taste re: the topic.

      1. I just wanted to clarify that I agree too, LOL!! I just thought she pushed too hard and that she wasn’t going to be changing any minds with that tactic. I did get more into the characters near the end and the trial.

  5. It’s been a while since I read a Jodi Picoult book. I have been a little sneery about some of her books in the past, but they’re always (at least the ones I’ve read, discounting My Sister’s Keeper because it forced me to think about the possibility of my own sisters dying) fun reads, and totally engaging. If this one’s good I should check it out!

    1. Engaging is exactly right – her books are SO difficult to put down! Even if you roll your eyes at the dialogue, plot, or unnecessary twists, the books are still nearly impossible to step away from.

  6. I’ve been wanting to get into some Jodi Picoult for a while now. Any recommendations for a newbie?

  7. Hiy, just discovered this fabulous blog. It’s everything I want and NEED in a book review blog.
    Can’t wait to have the time to go through the whole blog and list the books I’m looking forward to reading.

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