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.
OK -- I get it, Ms. Piccoult: you dislike the homophobic, born-again, conservative Christian right, and strongly approve of the gay lifestyle and marriage. Your proselitizing made me stop reading many times because it was so heavy-handed that I couldn't stand it. However, I did finish it and found the whole experience disappointing. Won't be so quick to pick up her next.
Jodi clearly only sees the world in black and white. There is no gray in her novel. Either you are a completely horribly person, or a perfect one and this made me INSANE in this book.
Not everyone who is religious is as evil as the "christians" in this story and not all gay people are perfect, loving and wonderful. This story was SO over the top that I couldn't believe it. I found myself LAUGHING at some parts, they were sooooo insane, especially the character of the pastor and the right wing lawyer. OMG, Jodi, turn off Fox news and get a grip on reality.
And the songs in between were excruciating. I couldn't skip them fast enough, every syllable from that singer's voice was like having a colonoscopy without anesthesia.
This book was such a ridiculous stereotype of both sides religious right and gay. There is a middle and Jodi sure didn't find it! Boring and predictable. Oh, the music was annoying!!!!!
I've truly enjoyed several other books by Picoult but this one is almost unbearable. This sophomoric 'treatise' on marriage, Christianity, and sexual preference insults the reader's intelligence. The music only adds insult to injury. Sing your way to another book.
I thought this book was outside the formula when the main characters stepped into court without lawyers, but no, the book turned into the classic Pioult court battle about children. The difference is that the characters were unformed and shallow, and the music tracks were at best, just too long. Get this book and fast forward thru the music, or use your credit on Keeping Faith, instead.