Book Review: Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home

Sing You Home is an eloquently written novel published in 2011, written by number 1 bestselling author, Jodi Picoult. It is narrated in the voices of 3 main characters. Zoe; a music therapist who has always dreamt of having children with her husband despite their infertility issues, Max; who owns a small landscaping business and is married to Zoe and Vanessa; who helps Zoe put together pieces of her life after a string of traumatic experiences.

With ten chapters and a total of 463 pages, you are taken on a rollercoaster ride of love, dreams, aspirations, disappointment, sexuality and religion – or the lack thereof.
You will be torn between gravitating to that which is naturally right, albeit the way in which it is upheld, and that which is morally wrong bringing with it the element of justice. Here when an alcoholic ex becomes born again and has to fight for frozen embryos with his ex-wife and her lesbian lover. It gives an account of all three’s perspective, forcing you to go on the ‘he who is without sin’ tip.

Jodi Picoult, a wordsmith of note whose work is distinguishable by just how much research she does before delving into any angle, as usual leaves you full with knowledge about a subject which might have been entirely foreign to you. She leaves you wishing to have walked besides the characters to have gained first-hand experience as to what it is like having walked the path they walked.

I am going to go ahead and risk dubbing this my favourite of her series of books, which I have read a majority of, probably having something to do with the fact that I read most of the book twice! It is gripping, tear-jerking, soul-searching and eye-opening all in one. I loved reading this book because it took on a topic most are still scared of talking about, that of the inequality between straight couples and gay/lesbian couples. My eyes were opened to just how mean the human race can be when something goes against what they believe in. It also opened my eyes to how acceptance is a better way of life than tolerance for others with opposing views on life.

The negatives in this book, in my view, is how it glamourizes and even makes lesbianism seem more appealing than a marriage between a man and a woman. This could be as a result of the fact that the book is based on someone who has been on both ends of the stick, excuse the pun, and therefore will only shine the spotlight on that which is her preference.

I would buy and even pay for shipment of this book if it would reach the hands of lawmakers, pastors or religious leaders, colleagues, parents and friends who will at one point or the other be faced with the dilemma of putting their beliefs in perspective when dealing with acceptance issues. In my view this would mean everyone in the world would have to read this book at least once.

Out of 10 I would give it a 9-and-a-half based on the fact that every human being needs to always have room for improvement. In reality I believe nothing should be added or subtracted from it as it is perfect just the way it is. Jodi PIcoult has done it yet again, captured my heart and my mind at one go!

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