Book Review: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home is the second book that I have ready by Jodi Picoult and is the story of Zoe Baxter who has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues it finally happens but she loses the baby at 28 weeks. Wanting to try one more time, Zoe's husband Max does not and instead he asks for a divorce.  Zoe throws herself into her work as a music therapist when Vanessa comes into the picture. Vanessa is a guidance counselor at a local school and asks Zoe to work with a suicidal teen. Their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, much to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family again, this time with Vanessa, she remembers that there are still three frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max. 
Meanwhile, Max has moved in with his brother Reid and his wife, Liddy, and starts drinking again but is redeemed by the evangelical church his brother and sister-in-law attends. The pastor, Clive Lincoln, has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America but this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and Vanessa ask for permission to gain control of the frozen embryos so that they can start a family of their own. While Max doesn't really want the embryos for himself, he does have plans for them, and these plans do not involve Zoe or Vanessa. 
Sing You Home is a great read that explores what it means to be gay in today’s world and the challenges that same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and family and what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't wait until the end to find out the outcome of the trial. I think Jodi Picoult really did her research when writing this book and I really felt connected to the characters, especially Zoe and Vanessa, and at times even Max. The best part about this book is that it is told from the perspective of all three of the main characters so you really get a sense of what each one of them is going through. I was in tears while reading the last chapter as it had the outcome that I was hoping for. There were still two characters that I was left wondering about though, Reid and Lucy, and I would have liked to have know what happened to them. I highly recommend this book and while you don't really have to be open minded to enjoy it, I think it would help, and maybe if you're not that open minded when starting it, you will be by the time you finish. 

2 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVED this book. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Have you read "Handle with Care" or "House Rules?" I highly recommend both of those, too. I love how Jodi Picoult looks at so many different sides of an issue while telling one story.

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  2. The only other Jodi Picoult book I've read has been Second Glance but I see many more of her books in my future so I'll get to them I'm sure. : )

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