My rating: 3.5/5*
‘What would you do?’
Jodi Picoult is infuriatingly great at making you wonder what the hell you would do if you ended up in life’s most challenging situations. Sing You Home was not what I first expected because of the twists in it. From the blurb, I thought it was just about a divorce and the desire of Zoe Baxter to have children, no matter what the cost- even though it cost her her marriage with Max Baxter. After nine years of trying and failing to have a baby, going through IVF nad miscarriages and a stillbirth which unfortunately takes its toll on the marriage, Zoe falls in love again and finds somebody new to have a family with. Only her lover is not who Max wants her to be with – SPOILER ALERT Zoe falls in love with a woman- and a battle ensues as the two try to lead their lives the way they want.
My thoughts on the novel:
It’s interesting for me how two people can be in love… and then not. How could you live and love someone for years upon years and then just not? Of course, time pulls people apart but if you’ve been married for 938402384-2 years, how do you just end it? This was something that really drew me into the story because it was quite intriguing how Zoe and Max loved each other but when we see their new interests, it’s almost as if their marriage was- not irrelevant- but meager in comparison to the new passions. I started looking around at couples more wondering whether they were simply content to be together or actually overjoyed and crazy in love to be together. I felt like the love stories in this book didn’t really match up to my desires because I love me some good old Romeo and Juliet WE GON’ DIE FOR EACH OTHER! Although the couples in Sing You Home surely would have… I felt a bit bored with the love stories.Max needed to be seriously slapped. His new love interest was actually BORING. It just didn’t appeal to me. I loved how Zoe and Vanessa were best friends; emotionally you can understand their relationship because it’s so supportive and loving. I think it was the best relationship in the novel. But physically, I didn’t get the attraction which made me wonder if homosexuals read hetrosexual love stories and find those boring because it doesn’t appeal to them? The book honestly opened my eyes to the dark side of being outcasted and made me ask who has the right to take away somebody’s rights, simply because we don’t agree with their lifestyle? We all preach democracy but only within our own standards.
Picoult opened my eyes to the reality of love not having to be true to work. Although clearly it won’t last forever. I wonder how many couples there are in the world that simply stay together out of tradition or convenience. Anyway, back to the story, there is another character who I really loved – she was probably my favourite. Lucy is a seriously depressed teenager on the verge of suicide whose defensive sarcasm and jokes made me wonder how many horrors people hide behind cold eyes. You know how we’ll call so and so an evil bitch for being so rude and always a mean ass- well, think twice before you call somebody something negative because you honestly have no idea what they’ve been through.
This was a really thought-provoking read although at times I got a bit bored. I would recommend to those who want to be challenged on their views because this book honestly shows you what we should base our values on- not prejudices and pre-conceived judgments.