Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Synopsis (from goodreads) :

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 counselor. 

After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. 

Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues. The novel also includes a CD of songs, each matched with a chapter in the book. Perfect for book clubs

My impression of Jodi Picoult was rather good after Change of Heart.  Such, I have high expectation from Sing You Home.  I shouldn't have.  It was quite a let down.  I must admit that it wasn't actually that bad a book, it's actually quite enlightening but I just don't like it.

Sing You Home pitted Christianity against the gay movement and in particular against same sex parents.  Zoe and her husband divorced after a failed pregnancy.  Zoe then hooked up with Vanessa, a school counselor and decided that they are in love and decided to get 'married' and subsequently wanted to start a family using frozen embroys from the time she tried to get pregnant with ex-husband Max.  However, Max has as much right to these embroys as Zoe and has his own plans for them.

A court battle then starts and issues (in my opinion) begins to brew out of propotion.

While I applaud Jodi Picoult for daring to write about controversial issues, I didn't think she did a good job with this one.  I didn't like Zoe nor Max nor Vanessa. Everyone was just too self centered and selfish in their own ways.

Having said that you will still like the book if you are a fan of Jodi Picoult.  For non fans, do try her other books first.

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