The current book, Sing You Home, was better, thankfully.
This is the story of a woman who has struggled with infertility and infant loss. She gets divorced from her husband and ends up in a new relationship with a woman, who she marries and wishes to start a family with, using her own frozen embryos. The ex-husband, who has since become a born-again Christian, is opposed to letting his children grow up in an "immoral family" and takes her to court. A fantastical story perhaps, but not 100% unrealistic these days. NOTE: If you have dealt with infertility, miscarriage, infant loss, etc. this could be a difficult book to get through.
1 - I like that she got back to writing mostly from the female POV. They always say "write what you know" and obviously this what she knows. I did not, however, think she wrote accurately as a lesbian. I'd be curious to hear a lesbian's opinion, but for me it didn't seem realistic. A good effort, but fell a little short.
2 - I thought the issues she raised were timely. I hear on the news that Gay Rights are our generation's Civil Rights, so this story put a lot of the struggled of gay couples into perspective.
3 - some of the reviews on Amazon criticize that Jodi portrayed Christians in a very negative light. I disagree. I think she happened to make her villains members of a small group of Christians that exist in this country because it was necessary for making the court battle realistic and pointed. She did, however, show how all people can change and ask for forgiveness and learn to do the right thing, which is, you know, kind of important to the whole Christianity thing.
4 - I liked almost all of the characters, even the very flawed ones. For me, I will not be invested in a book unless I like who I'm reading about.
5 - Jodi is known for her twisty endings, even down to the last page or last sentence sometimes. I didn't find the ending to be a big twist, though I thought she could have put one in to take it in a different direction. This was a satisfying ending overall.
6 - If you are a fan of Jodi in general and enjoy her books about issue and involving trials, you should enjoy this one. It isn't quite as strong as say.....The Pact or My Sister's Keeper.....but solid. 7/10.