I liked the book. It was interesting and the characters were realistic and well developed. I predicted the ending but that didn't take away from its enjoyment. I cried a few tears. That's a good thing. I was moved. Except for the music! Horrible. If you can, skip over those singing tracks. Yuck.
Addicted to Audible!
I have to add my voice to those who already said that this book was a disappointment. Jodi has in the past written her stories with more balance and multidimensional characters. This book was a commentary on her own political agenda. I am a fairly conservative Catholic who believes gays have a right to civil unions and have known many wonderful lesbian parents. However, gays are not all saints and Christians are not all closed minded haters. Shame on Jodi!! The music was awful, the singer mediocre. I can see that when someone achieves success in their career they start to believe that they can do "anything". My advice to Jodi is to reasses her writing and stop churing out the books, put in a little more effort.
Am enjoying this book so far, with one HUGE exception: the horrific music introducing each chapter! OUCH. It's not that the songs themselves are particularly terrible, but the female vocalist is absolutely atrocious -- I can't fast-forward through the things speedily enough!
Would much prefer a version of the book WITHOUT the extremely distracting 'music'. Either that, or re-record the songs using competent, professional musicians!
The easiest way I can describe this novel is to say I listened to it a week ago, decided to write a review and for the life of me, couldn't remember what it was about.
I spend a lot of time commuting and listening to GOOD books helps me through all the traffic jams. This was not a GOOD book - it was FABULOUS. Jodi Picoult is well known for not shying away from controversial issues. This latest novel is no except and will surly evoked strong emotions for her readers as it did I. The novel covers such various issues as, gay rights, evangelical Christian beliefs, in vitro fertilization, suicidal teens, divorce and discrimination. The story is told in alternating ???tracks??? from the points of view of three primary characters; Zoe, Max and Vanessa.
The author presents a powerful story about what is a family, and why committed gay couples should be seen no differently from straight couples when it comes to marriage and raising a family. In addition to writing this story Picoult and long time friend Ellen Wilbur wrote 10 songs inspired by Zoe's work as a music therapist, and the songs are reflective of her feelings throughout the novel. In the audio version each song precedes each chapter or Track. I cannot recommend this book highly enough -- a must listen
Audiobook & podcast Junkie. I'm that annoying person who you see wearing earbuds 24/7.
Let me just say that I have really loved Jodi Picoult in the past and was really excited to see this on Audible. I have always felt Jodi went to great lengths to develop her characters and their stories. Unfortunately this book just went off the cliff. And the songs at the beginning of the chapters..... really, Jodi? I can sum this book up for you. Homosexual = Compassionate, loyal, loving, and honest. Christian = Hate-filled, oppressive, manipulative, liar. That's really what you need to know. The whole time I listened to this book I kept waiting for her to diverge from these blatant stereotypes, but she never did and then the whole thing got wrapped in 30 seconds in a nice, rosy little package. VERY disappointing, especially given her unique talent to give depth to people who aren't easy to understand (or sympathize with) in the first place.
The book description falls short on the content of this book. Had I known how much Christian Evangelical content I would have to listen to and to a constant barrage of gay retoric I would have to endure, I would have returned this book had it not been for the fact I purchased it as part of a three for two credit deal and I was stuck with it. Neither the description given nor the sample eludes to a story of Gays vs Christian. I am neither Gay nor Christian and found the content irritating. While I congratulate Jody for her creative work adding music to the book, I found myself fast forwarding through the music because it was not my kind of music.
This was not as good as some of her previous books, The plot went on and on and the songs were a distraction. Interesting issues and topical to our time but predictable characters.
i love picoult's books but perhaps her prolific writing is affecting the quality. this really took the cake. the story was so mediocre; i realize the issue is important and is good fodder for a story, and i do believe those characters exist, but they were so stereotypical!!! every one a cliche! for shame. i cannot believe she would use such generalizations to form her characters. on top of all of that, the singing was just awful. i finally had to skip through all the songs. really? what was that all about? that was a terrible idea and at the very least, could you have found a less amateur singer.
This was not one of my favorites of Judy Picoult's. I am usually a fan, but this one lacked the twists and surprise endings. However, the WORST things were the musical interludes. I didn't have a problem with the songs or even the concept, but the female vocalist was absolutely atrocious.