Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home: A NovelTitle: Sing You Home

Author: Jodi Picoult

Where I Got It: Bought it from Target

Why I Read It: Jodi is a favorite author, and I've read all of her books!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

"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."

While attempting to write the review for this book, I was trying to decide whether or not I should elaborate more on what the book is exactly about. I don't want to give away too much information, or spoil anything though. But after careful consideration, I decided to go into a little bit more detail.

This book is about loving someone you didn't think you'd ever be able to fall in love with. You know how the saying goes, "You can't help who you love." Zoe, one of the main characters in the book, falls in love with a woman at the school she does music therapy for. Zoe has never before been interested in other girls, and was married to her husband for a significant amount of years. Sadly, Zoe wasn't able to get pregnant, and the long hauls, trials and tragedies that most couples go through while trying to get pregnant, tore her and her husband apart. As Zoe falls in love with this woman, Zoe's family, including her ex-husband, ridicules her left and right for who she fell in love with. 

As I said, I don't want to give too much away. A lot more happens in this book that makes you take a look at your life and ask yourself, "What would I have done in a position like that?" And in the end, you really don't know until it's happened to you.

I know what it's like to be judged for the person you love by your family. I dated an African-American for 7 years and no one, except my Dad, Sister and Brother accepted it. My Mom tried for years to break us up, and did everything in her power to make her out to be incredibly racist. So, this book touched my heart in certain aspects, only because I know what it's like to be judged for loving someone "different". 

As you've probably guessed, a lot more happens in this book. But it's about finding new love, unexpected love, loving yourself, loss, happiness, and proving to others that all love, is good love.

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!! Especially if you think you in some way could relate. Jodi Picoult is an AMAZING author, and she does extensive research in all of her books, making her books very real.

On a side note, Ellen DeGeneres has bought the movie rights to this book. She plans on making the movie almost identical to the book. You can find more information about this by clicking here.

Let me know if you any of you have already read this book, and if not, when you do read it, let me know what you think of it!!! 

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Anonymous said...

This is the only Picoult book I haven't read, mainly because I am waiting for the paperback. I think she's been a bit hit and miss recently but your review has given me more hope, thanks :)

Stephany said...

Hi Luckybird! I agree with you, she has been a little hit and miss lately. I've still loved all over her books, but that haven't been AS good. However, I feel like this book is very good and is better than her recent work. You should definitely check it out!

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