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.
YUCK!!! I have always loved Picoult but this book ended my affair with her novels.
The book wasn't one Picoults best but the singing was especially awful. I really don't like to listen to music when I'm trying to get into a 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.
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
It seems that many of the works of fiction I have read or listened to the past year or two have very political themes. When I read a work of fiction I expect to enjoy myself, I read non fiction for current issues or historical events and I expect to be presented with controversy.I do not read science fiction at all. This book is science fiction. This book is a hodge-podge of every social controversy going accompanied by low quality music and a truly ridiculous ending. This is my last Picoult book.