Jodi Picoult is an author unlike any other. A book club I am part of read 'MySisters Keeper' and I was skeptical at first. I must admit that Jodi is not my typical kind of author. When we discussed the book, there was a lot of joking about the running theme of fire through out the book.
If we were to choose to read 'Sing you Home' as our next book, the running theme would be snow. Seriously it seems as though every other page there is a massive snow storm. It's not a judgement, rather an interesting piece of information on the book.
the first 100 pages or so is nothing but plot points, some given the bums rush just to advance the book along. Sometimes this approach works, but other times it leaves with the feeling of whiplash. Main character Zoe goes from being happily married to a modern day Job in the flick of a page. Zoe's husband goes from being a stand up guy to drunkard to religious zealot before you can comprehend the last twist. For this the book suffers greatly, and yet you feel compelled to read on.
The biggest plot hole with the book is that Zoe goes from being in love with Max to being in love with Vanessa in less time than it takes the sun to melt all of the snow. I won't give much away but once the relationship with Vanessa and Zoe is established, thats when the book begins to feel like a true Jodi book.
Here is where the book gets good, and really captured my attention. rather than being preachy and one sided, Jodi shows the argument for and against gay rights. Her story telling is so vivid, her descriptions so clear that you can imagine these people. Though Max should be the least sympathetic character, he manages to maintain his integrity, because he admits he doesn't know whats right or wrong.
Once they enter the courtroom, over a fight for the embryo's (pre-born children as one lawyer calls them) Jodi once again picks up the pace but this time it feels authentic. there twists and turns that you don't seecoming and all of these feel as though they are very true to the characters.
No matter what side of the issue of gay rights you're on, you should treat yourself to this book. Especially on a snowy day