I have read many of the reviews and find myself wondering why so many readers thought that it was anti-christian. What I gained from this story was that when passions run high on both sides of the gay issue then good people sometimes make decisions that they would not ordinarily make. When you feel strongly about an issue your worst often comes to the surface. I don't think this story was anti-religion but brought up the point that religion should not be used to fuel hate. Most Christians understand this and do not go down this road. However, a few vocal pro-hate people can rally people if they are charismatic speakers and they use God to back up their views. We all need to be careful that we as individuals are not sucked in to this hate, on both sides of the issue! I enjoyed the story, but could do without the music.
While a bit formulaic, I enjoyed listending to Sing You Home just the same. I can understand why Ms. Picoult might want to try new things in her novels, but in this case, the songs interspersed through the novel were a terrible addition. I scrubbed through them to get to the dialogue, and don't feel like I missed anything. Although I would characterize myself as a conservative, I was not offended by any of the view points made throughout the story. If you believe in conservative Christian values, you won't be offended because the statements and positions taken by this book are the ones we hold, and if Ms. Picoult was trying to paint that in an unflattering light, it didn't offend me. If she was trying to "enlighten" me, then I missed that as well. I came away with a greater longing to see church bring out the best in all of us. The characters were well developed and thoughtful, and I was pleased with the ending, which I didn't quite see coming.
Jodi never fails to meet expectations. Though fiction, this as prior works by Jodi address modern day/current dilemmas that our society experiences. Very well written and narrated. Compelling and exciting leaving you wish for more.
Jodi can take situations in the news and allow us to see all sides, humanizing her characters and making us think about all aspects of a moral quandary. The ending left me beyond satisfied.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
Jodi, you are a fantastic author, I love your work. Please do not hold me hostage with folk songs, they are not making me identify with the character more, I do not feel her more, if anything, I separate from the character and hit fast forward. Yuck. Six hours in, definitely "feel" the book, pulls at your heart strings, makes you smile, all Jodi's typical, but, please no hokey folk songs every so often. I cringe.
That said, if you enjoy Jodi, even though, I have not made it all the way through yet, I feel it has been a good use of one of my monthly credits.
I think this book is really good so far. I don't like the music at all. I fast forward that. Also I knew without giving it away what was going to happen with the reason why they went to court. I feel also I know how this is going to end. I like it Jodi but get rid of the music.