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 marks the years she spent trying to get pregnant.
And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman 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.
Jodi Picoult has proven once again that she is a master storyteller, always bringing grace, compassion, and thoughtfulness to life’s most difficult questions. Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.
I strongly agree with previous comments about the quality of the music. I am a big fan and have read all her books, but how this issue escaped the review of her editing team, I can't imagine. Maybe it was my MP3 player settings, but I couldn't reach for the mute button fast enough when those songs were played. It was disappointing that I could never hang in there long enough to hear the lyrics, I'm sure they were meaningful. It was especially disheartening considering the topic of the book and the description of the main character's voice. I wanted to believe those songs were sung by her.....no way. Definitely worth a listen, but have your finger poised over the Fast Forward button.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I would have given this book a slightly higher rating if it was not for the DREADFUL music that was sprinkled throughout the book. It was a cross between folksy, christian, elevator music. But I think it was closer to elevator music but to the point that you couldn't wait to get out of the elevator! Sickly sweet to the point of throwing up!! In the end I did not care what happened as long as there was not another SONG!!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I've listened to a lot of Jodi Picoult's books. This is one of the weakest. I really liked the main character, but the rest of the characters are based on simple stereotypes that at times made me wince. And there are songs throughout. Horrible, awful, grating singing. I had to fast forward through it. I don't recommend this book.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book the topic was interesting and the characters were reasonably well developed- if predictably stereotyped. I don't think this book will be for everybody on either side of this particular fence but it is a solid delivery of the Picoult formula of relationships and controversial, headline grabbing moral quandaries.
Found the 'songs' largely unnecessary but good solid narration (helped by not forcing actors to do younger characters as with 'Handle')
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
The story and reading of the story by the three readers was fabulous. However, I did NOT like the music. I did not like her voice, the music, the words or the volume. I was excited to hear the music because Jodi Picoult herself asked us to hear the music and to put the context into the stoory, but I had to fast forward through the songs ultimately.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have to say as a christian catholic I was very disturbed by the way the author represented Christians in her story, I know that there are extremist out there but they are not true Christians, a true christian does not physically or mentally hurt others, They have forgotten the most important thing that Jesus teaches. Love and understanding.. Having said that it was very eye opening to get a view of what same sex relationships must endure on a daily basis. I have much more empathy for there plait in this world. Anyone who has ever judged homosexuality should listen to this story. For me It has opened up my heart more for the suffering that they endure.
20 of 25 people found this review helpful
I always like Picoult's books - they are complex, suspenseful, and beautifully detailed. I loved the way in "My Sister's Keeper" the conflicts of issues sort of snuck up on the reader, so you became interested in the characters first, then their issues.
With "Sing You Home" the agenda is laid out almost before you read the first word, and it just fees like the characters are secondary. Even though this book is as elegantly written as any of her best novels.
Also, we have the Picoult formula going on - one genuine "page turner" plot line, with a secondary plot line going along for the ride. At critical points in the primary plot line, Picoult exasperates the reader with an abrupt seque to the secondary plot line. This becomes beyond annoying, and I keep fast-forwarding because in this case, the "other" story is simply not interesting.
I am only giving this novel a 3 because of the musical interludes which I found intrusive. It's unfortunate, because so much of Picoult's work is full of richly-drawn characters, meticulous detail and sparkling dialogue, and this book is no exception. I just wish the music had been left out. Do these agendas really need to be amped up any further?
16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The songs were dreadful. The plot had holes a mile wide. I'm still a Picoult fan, but don't waste a credit on this one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful