Monday, January 9, 2012

Review : Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Title : Sing You Home
Author : Jodi Picoult
Published : 2011 by Hodder Export
One miscarriage too many spelled the end of Max and Zoe Baxter's marriage. Though the former couple went quite separate ways, their fates remained entangled: After veering into alcoholism, Max is saved in multiple senses by his fundamentalist conversion; Zoe, for her part, finds healing relief in music therapy and the friendship, then romantic love with Vanessa, her counselor. After Zoe and Vanessa, now married, decide to have a baby, they realize that they must join battle with Max, who objects on both religious and financial grounds. Like her House Rules and several other previous Jodi Picoult novels, Sing You Home grapples with hot button issues. The novel also includes a CD of songs, each matched with a chapter in the book. Perfect for book clubs. -goodreads

To be honest, I haven't read any of Picoult's book before. I did watched My Sister's Keeper but never read the book. I saw this book in someone else's blog and read some reviews in goodreads, it looked interesting so I gave it a chance.

The story is about a woman named Zoe, who had married to Max for 10 years. She's a music therapist. Zoe tried to get pregnant but they always ended up with miscarriages. Her last one, when she was 7 months pregnant. She and Max were still had 3 frozen embryos left. Zoe wanted to try to get pregnant again but Max denied. Max felt Zoe has no room anymore for him, she was only obsessed with the baby so he filed a divorce.

After the divorce, Max who was an alcoholism, he found his new life. He found Jesus through an accident and became a Christian. In the other hand, Zoe found her comfort in her counselor, Vanessa and later found that she and Vanessa were both gay. She got married to Vanessa.

Vanessa and Zoe wanted a baby to complete their marriage life. They wanted the embryos, but Max had another idea. He wanted to give the embryos to her brother and his wife, who were a good Christian and also experienced multiple miscarriages before. Of course everything's ended up in court. The traditional Christians versus homosexual couple.

What I like about this book at first was it has one story but from different person's perspective. In this book we can see through Zoe's, Max's and Vanessa's point of view. It shows how different people see a thing differently. I like Zoe's job as music therapist. I never knew there's such job actually and if it's real I'm sure it's cool. It shows how music effects people.

This book is really interesting to bring out a lesbian and Christian life together. A traditional Christian sees gay as a sin. While a gay couple proves that they are as human as the Christians. It's just they have a different life style. This book doesn't judge which side is true while other's wrong, but it let the readers see and understand from both perspectives. I enjoyed reading it. It gave a rollercoaster emotion ride. I give it 4/5 stars.


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