Book Review: “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

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Title:  Small Great Things

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

 

My thoughts:  My ladies book club wanted to start getting more back to books (I know that sounds odd doesn’t it, but we all know how those ladies book clubs turn more into dinner and wonderful conversation and not about books . . .but anyway I digress), so this is what they chose.

I had mixed feelings at first as I have a love/hate relationship with Jodi Picoult’s books but I jumped right in with excitement.

I would love to say I absolutely loved the book as most reviews I have written say, however all I can say is that my love/hate relationship with this author continues.

First off, I think reading this particular book right now in the current political climate was just bad timing for me.  I’m burned out on social media posts, negativity, fighting, and all such things and this book about racial tensions didn’t help.

Overall the book was a very fast read, the story was intriguing and of course made you think and stretch your mind throughout which is of course paramount for a Picoult book.

On the more negative side, I must say being a healthcare worker I found much of the premise of the story a bit unbelievable and kept saying to myself – “first off this wouldn’t happen”.

One of my major issues with Picoult’s writing is that in my humble opinion she always attempts to touch on every single hot social issue in one book and it always seems quite a bit biased and stereotypical to me.  This book was very much the same – the characters were overly stereotyped I thought.

To top things off I found the ending absolutely ridiculous!  Talk about typing things up in one chapter in a nice, pretty, unbelievable bow.  Not good for me!

Overall a fast read that of course makes you think – but overly stereotyped characters and an ending that just made me scratch my head.

And remember,

Books are Life,

Heather

 

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