Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

59%

16 Critic Reviews

The writing is not a standout. There are no passages that are memorable for creative beauty.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen.

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 marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant.

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship 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.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

Includes a link to listen to or download original songs to your computer
Music by Ellen Wilber
Lyrics by Jodi Picoult
All songs performed by Ellen Wilber

 
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published March 11, 2011 by Atria Books. 460 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sing You Home
All: 16 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 7

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Dec 06 2010

Picoult abandons her usual efforts to present an equal view of both sides of an issue—Max is a pitiful right-wing puppet; Zoe, Vanessa, and their attorney are saintly...

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Blog Critics

Good
on Mar 26 2011

It draws attention to important issues that affect many of us today and it is also told in an accessible, fast paced narrative and is really hard to put down.

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Examiner

Above average
on Jan 16 2011

...a simple story, of ordinary people who stumble through every day...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Oct 04 2011

The court case and its outcome is continuously unpredictable and will have readers glued to their chairs right up to the startling conclusion.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
on Mar 18 2011

The writing is not a standout. There are no passages that are memorable for creative beauty.

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LA Times

Above average
on Mar 15 2011

It's not the happy endings that keep her readers coming back, for she does not always provide them; it's the possibility that humans can be kind, even when they don't get exactly what they want.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Mar 02 2011

Picoult's characters often come off less like true human beings than ideological stand-ins, and her conflicts can feel overly simplified.

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Oregon Live

Below average
on Mar 05 2011

Picoult doesn't disguise where the story is headed, and plot twists are flagged miles ahead.

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About.com

Good

...Picoult added a unique twist to this powerful story.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Mar 21 2011

...Picoult treats all sides of the complex morality tale with honesty and dignity...which is what readers have come to expect from her.

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Look At OKC

Good
on Jun 17 2012

The legal maneuvering and courtroom action comprise about a third of the story and provide a gripping finale to a fascinating novel.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good

One of the best parts of the novel is the main character's profession as a music therapist. The interactions with her patients and the details about music therapy were poignant.

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Independent.ie

Below average
on Apr 23 2011

..it's not the best introduction for newcomers to her particular mix of literary and commercial fiction.

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NJ.com

Good
on Feb 27 2011

The hurt in this novel isn’t easily assuaged, but Picoult brings it home. It’s what she does at her best.

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The Age

Below average
on Apr 02 2011

It is a worthy message. Alas, it does not prevent Sing You Home from being an authentically terrible novel.

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AnnArbor.com

Good
on Feb 28 2011

...you should read this novel. It is guaranteed to open your eyes to how the other side lives...

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