Friday, January 14, 2011

Sing You Home

PINCH ME! 

First this week I get to read Marlyn Brant's book, Friday Mornings at Nine and she answered my questions.  Second, I was able to read Jodi Picoult's book Sing Me Home that isn't even due to be published until March.  You all know how her book My Sisters Keeper is on my top 10 list....well, this book didn't let me down.  Typical Jodi ....this book takes on some very powerful topics like no one can but Jodi.  This book took turns that I never even saw coming.

Synopsis

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

Review:  Must-read (10 starfish!)
I can't believe how many twists and turns this book takes.  Never one to shy away from controversial issues, this time Jodi tackles gay rights, reproductive science, and the Christian right.  How is it possible to like a character at the beginning of the book, hate them in the middle and love them by the end?  Well Jodi did it for me this time in the character Max.  I felt so bad for Zoe and still am somewhat shocked at all the different directions her life took.  I find it interesting how "sinful" the charismatic pastor, Clive Lincoln and some of his followers turn out to be.  Through Vanessa we are introduced what it means to be gay in today’s world.  Amazing how all that comes together in one book.

I think this book would be a great for a book club selection; however, I think everyone would need to be open and tolerant to other's beliefs and opinions.  As mentioned this book contains controversial issues.  Even though My Sisters Keeper is still her #1 for me....this is definitely worth reading.

Thanks to Crazy Book Tours for given me the opportunity to review this wonderful book.
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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read Picoult in years but I will read this book. She writes about about life and some of the topics have been very dark recently (10th circle, 19 minutes...). I love The Pact but agree with you, My Sister's Keeper is my favorite.

    Glad you liked this one so much!

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