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Small Great Things
Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
Raised the daughter of a black maid in a privileged white household, Ruth Jefferson is no stranger to prejudice - though as a respected senior nurse, she feels a world away from the inequality that defined her mother's life. Kennedy McQuarrie is a lawyer who defends those who would otherwise be helpless, and would not consider herself a racist by any means. When a white supremacist accuses Ruth of a crime that leads to the death of his new-born baby, and costs Ruth her job, Kennedy knows it is the kind of case she became a lawyer to win. As the trial unfolds and the efforts to establish the truth about what happened in the hospital continue, all three - accused, accuser and defender - will be forced to confront much bigger truths: the truths they tell themselves about the world they live in, the values upon which they've raised their families and the beliefs around which they've lived their lives. Never afraid to confront the moral dilemma of our times in the most human terms, SMALL GREAT THINGS is Jodi Picoult at her thought-provoking, life-affirming best.
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MeganTurner
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There aren‘t many books that have had me sitting there and questioning the world we live in. This, however, is one of them. It had me hooked from the first page. Beautifully written and a really, really lovely read❤️ definitely recommend!

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MeganTurner
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I have managed to get the toddler and the baby down for a nap at the same time. Do I clean up the array of toys scattered around our home? Absolutely not. I‘m going to enjoy this half an hour of silence!!! 😂😂😂

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 4d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Two very emotionally charged books about #Babies... A Spark of Light is my least favorite Jodi book. I think because of the way it was told backwards. Both deal with very powerful and controversial issues as always with Jodi‘s books!

The picture is the dressing gown that my mother and then my oldest daughter wore home from the hospital.. So that makes it 66 years old... 👶🏻 🍼

#AyupAugust

mrp27 Love this, so sweet! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mrp27 thank you 💗💗 2w
squirrelbrain I preferred a Spark of Light to Small Great Things.... I just love the gown - how sweet! 💕 2w
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BriannaT
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This book in one word - impactful. A must-read book about race. Parts of it were difficult to read, but I think we all need to read things that shake us up if we want to grow.

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BriannaT
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This book has me emotional. A black nurse is told by a white supremacist to not touch his newborn, but when she hesitates to give CPR and the baby dies, the parents accuse her of murder. I‘m only 1/3 of the way through because I need emotional breaks while reading this book!

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Eeyore031370
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1. Will be reading more by Jodi Picoult!!
2. The Lion King #kidatheart. 3. Potato Salad. 4. Too many to count!! 5. #friyayintro. 💜🥳🥰

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justanothermusing
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So glad I picked up this book blind. It's been on the shelf for a bit and I just bought it on a whim. Wow did the story line smack me in the face. I'm only a few chapters in but I'm hooked. I've been called two racist words (my mom is Spanish) in my life and they have always stuck with me and I have never forgotten them or felt lower in my life. I really can't wait to see how this turns out.

Samplergal Ollie‘s! ❤️. The book is great. 3w
KristenDuck Amazing book! One of my newer favorites. 3w
princesspeanutsmommy It was a difficult book to read but so important to shed light on the issues she attacked here 3w
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londy888
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Starting a new book on my day off. Heard a lot of good reviews on this author. The only thing missing today is chocolate ice cream.🍦

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Allthingsbooks
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Loved it....one of my favorite authors

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Eeyore031370
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My first time to read a book by Jodi Picoult. Wow!! What a great book. All the feels!!! It has left me thinking and knowing I need to learn more and do what I can to help others who are different than me.

JenFowler Jodi Picoult = 😍😍 1mo
Mummahgoose You can‘t go wrong with any of her books! 1mo
IvoryLunatic I just finished this a couple of days ago and while I liked it, I still had such a hard time reading it. Every time Turk's chapters came up, I would put it down for later and hesitate to pick it back up because i would get so angry. 1mo
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IvoryLunatic
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m happy I read this but the POV of Turk was so disturbing that I struggled to pick it back up each time though I do think people should read more things that make them uncomfortable and consider their own situations and/or privileges more often. The trial had me on the edge of my seat, but starting at the verdict, I found the ending a little too neat and perfectly tied up for my taste but overall, a good read.

candority Wow, I love that cover! 1mo
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Bookish_B
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I‘m in the minority on this one because I did not love this book. It was ok but not great. I really feel like Jodi Picoult did her homework and very obviously wanted to open some eyes here but she threw all the stereotypes and cliches in there and banged us over the head with it. There was no nuance. I appreciate the effort but it was just a little too forced for me.

Megabooks Totally agree! 1mo
youneverarrived Agree. Not her best. 1mo
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shellleigh33
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Finished this up today. I ❤️❤️ Jodi Picoult. She always pushes the boundaries and writes on such controversial issues. I believe I felt every emotion with this book. It is another winner for me!! Hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did. I will try to get it heading your way either Wednesday or Thursday @Kayla.Adriena

Kayla.Adriena Sounds great! I'm going to email you my new address so you have it depending on when you get/mail the next book just to be safe. I'll officially be moved August 15 1mo
shellleigh33 So @Kayla.Adriena do I still send this one to the current address I have if I mail it in the next couple of days? 1mo
Kayla.Adriena Yep still the current address! Sorry to be confusing! 1mo
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ruskigurl16 I like this author. I am looking forward to it this round. I am enjoying mine and will be mailing it out shortly (can't spell today, and LITSY doesn't have a *copy comment* feature) 1mo
Kayla.Adriena Got it!😊 3w
shellleigh33 @Kayla.Adriena 😊 3w
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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This needs to be required reading in every high school in America. I absolutely loved this book. This year, I have made a conscious effort to examine my own racial biases and work on changing them. This book reminds me I still have a long way to go. This book is written for a white audience to begin to see their own racial bias, & I highly encourage the reading of this book!

Oryx I just finished this as well. Thought it was really good and made me stop and think. Agree with your review. 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Oryx 💕 novels that make me think are my favorite! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I definitely agree!!! 1mo
Caroline2 It‘s a really good book, isn‘t it. 👍🏻 1mo
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kplovesbooks
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"What if the puzzle of the world was a shape you didn't fit into? And the only way to survive was to mutilate yourself, carve away your corners, sand yourself down, modify yourself to fit? ...How come we haven't been able to change the puzzle instead?" ...⭐⭐⭐⭐ Powerful book! Very relevant and thought-provoking.

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kplovesbooks
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"It is incredibly easy to hide behind a white face."

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Jwillmes5
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Loved this book and its message. I believe the “majority” should all be reading this book to help us with perspective. This book made me think about things so differently. Great job, Jodi Picoult!

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Oryx
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#audioknitting with this book from the audible sale. It's good so far, but I can tell it's going to be quite upsetting based on the subject matter.

Jeannineth It is one of my favorites by her. 2mo
rabbitprincess Love the knitting! The grey yarn looks like clouds 😊 2mo
julesG Wow! You're nearly done with the pullover! 2mo
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Oryx @julesG almost! It's been about 6 weeks so far - not too bad given I've been away for work a lot! 2/3 of the second arm to go. It'll not be a masterpiece, but wearable, and I've learnt a few things from doing this one, so hopefully the next one will be even better 😃 2mo
julesG It's always a learning experience. 👏👏👏 2mo
Oryx @rabbitprincess Thank you. it's a lovely grey - it's natural, no dye. It's from a mixture of different sheep on Iona, so it comes out grey. Every year a different shade of grey depending on the mixture of sheep on the island. 2mo
Oryx @julesG 👍 Hope you are managing to stay cool in the heatwave 🌞 2mo
julesG Actually envying your knitting and the socks. Means it's cooler where you are. I'm trying my best to keep cool. Might finish my shawl later today, it's probably nice outside after 10pm. 😉 2mo
Oryx @julesG definitely cooler today. We got up to 31 yesterday, which is really hot for here. But my house tends to stay cool ( less useful in winter!). How hot is it where you are? 2mo
julesG It was 34C at around 4pm. Cooling off now. It's 28C now. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, you‘ve got skills! The sweater looks beautiful. 2mo
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Coreyp
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Great book.

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pandabear2020
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This book was absolutely incredible!! Jodi Picoult weaves stories that are near impossible to put down and this one is no different! Makes us ask which is worse: aggressive racism or ignorant racism? Can we ever overcome either?

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Coreyp
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Just a great statement.

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shellleigh33
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Alright ladies I have decided to go with this one for my #LMPBC #round6 #GroupL pick. I have decided to go with orange for my color 😊

Kayla.Adriena I'll go with purple 💜💜 2mo
ruskigurl16 Orange and purple works. 💜🧡 Mine is 💕 1mo
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stacybmartin
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I actually really liked this book - infinitely readable (or listenable lol) and covers important topics more people need to be aware of. Unfortunately, the ending is probably a little too perfect and neatly wrapped up to be plausible.

marleed On my TBR! 2mo
rather_be_reading so so good! 2mo
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stacybmartin
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My co-worker endorsed this one saying it made her cry. I don‘t usually enjoy Jodi Picoult very much but figured I‘d give it a try. #labsoundtrack

Kaylamburson This was my favorite Picoult so far! 2mo
Myhusbandhatesreading I haven‘t read anything from her yet, please let me know how if this one is worth the read!! 2mo
Crazeedi I tried reading one of hers and it was like "meh" 2mo
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LiteraryinLititz I often like her books but this one was a definite cut above, in my opinion. I thought it was extremely well done. 2mo
Stacypatrice This was excellent! 2mo
BeaG I liked it. It was my first book by her that I read. 2mo
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jb72
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When you find out you can get a library card from the next county........why not?!?!? I obviously have a problem. In my defense our county library is super small and has a limited selection. #librariesarecool #readingaddiction #books

Kaylamburson Small Great Things is amazing! Picoult's best in my opinion. 2mo
jb72 @Kaylamburson Good to know. I‘m not a huge fan of her books, but wanted to give it a go. (edited) 2mo
Kaylamburson I'll be interested to hear what you think! 2mo
jb72 @Kaylamburson I‘ll keep you posted. 2mo
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Beccacraft
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The race commentary and controversy was thought-provoking and convicting. I didn‘t want to put this book down, and thought the character development was excellent, raw, and real.

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crazyradbeauty
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I am fully engrossed. 🖤

RaimeyGallant Great book! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!!🎉 3mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 3mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 2mo
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RaimeyGallant
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I'm struggling to write a one-size-fits-all review. I think many will benefit from reading this, because it shows a character arc from denial of their own biases and privilege to acknowledgment. This said, the Turk POV chapters (based on interviews with former white supremacists), while enlightening, are a trigger minefield. Overall, a moving and well-realized story with minor logic issues.

Booknerd2 Nice review!!! I loved this book. I hope the movie does it justice. 3mo
RaimeyGallant @Booknerd2 Thanks! I didn't know there was a movie coming out. Cool. :) 3mo
Booknerd2 @RaimeyGallant Yes!!! I believe Reese Witherspoon bought the rights. I‘ve heard Viola Davis is main character and Julia Roberts, her lawyer. 3mo
Tanisha_A Nice review! I have read only one Picoult as of now, which I liked (Leaving Time). Hope to read more some day! 3mo
ReadingisMyPassion I loved this book. 2mo
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Zashikabuta06
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I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps I‘m bias, since I am a nurse and I‘ve had a similar situation of a family rejecting me as their baby‘s RN d/t my race. One of Jodi‘s better books- what a killer twist at the end!!!

candority Welcome to Litsy! 📚💕 3mo
vumblereads I wasn‘t satisfied with the ending. There were some loose ends that #jodipicoult left hanging. 😅 3mo
Zashikabuta06 After discussing in my book club #betterreadthandeadLV, I agreed that she rushed to tie up loose ends, with that abrupt last chapter. 3mo
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crazyspine
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Like Picoult herself says in the author's note, I wasn't sure what to make of a white person writing about a black person's experience with racism. I mean it's okay for a woman to write as if she's a man, but race is different.

In Picoult's signature style there are alternating perspectives told in first person and there is a twist that I did not see coming.

The picture is just my current reading view.

Reggie I haven‘t read this book but I read her latest one about abortion. But I did go look up some interviews with her and she does this one with Oxford for this book and I fell in love with her. She is so authentic, articulate, and empathetic. She describes what she did to be able to write this book because she knows she comes from a place of privilege. She also goes into the event that inspired the book. Anyways I need to read this book. 4mo
crazyspine What's the abortion one called? @Reggie 4mo
Reggie A Spark of Light 4mo
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mvegabec
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I am not a fan of hardcovers but I found this jewel for 7 bucks at the mall today! I am super excited!😁🙌🙌🙌

rather_be_reading so good! 4mo
mvegabec Yes I am excited!! I am just trying to finish China Dolls which I am loving so far, to be able to start on that one!! I hope you have a good week @rather_be_reading 😁👍 4mo
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rebbyj
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A bit trite but an excellent conversation starter.

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Edecmcl
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Great!!

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KristenDuck
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Ruth is a well respected labor and delivery nurse, so why, on this typical day, are these new parents suddenly requesting a new nurse. Because she‘s black.

The parents are white supremacists.

Then, after the unthinkable happens, Ruth is put on trial, and Jodi Picoult so elegantly weaves the characters lives together and gives us readers every perspective.

Note: This is a piece of artwork created by one of my kindergarten students. Loved it.

Texreader With correct punctuation! 😃 5mo
Stacypatrice The drawing ❤️ 5mo
RealBooks4ever Rainbow rain! 💜💙💚💛♥️ 5mo
tournevis 👏👏👏👏 5mo
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Scochrane26
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I very rarely bail on a book, but this one is for a book club that I feel obligated to go to (a new club trying to start up in my area), where I‘m at least 20 yrs younger than everyone else. I can‘t do all the audio before it‘s due back. My sister suggested I just skim the physical book, which is a great idea. I‘ve read 2 Jodi picoult books in the past, but I‘m just not a fan of hers.

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BlazinHoney
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Riveting. I really enjoyed this audiobook 👍🏽 #important

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Tbelle
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Looking for a heartwarming roller coaster? Well then have I got the book for you! I was actively engaged throughout the whole book. The characters are well developed and the book takes an unexpected turn which I always enjoy.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
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Theaelizabet I think you‘re as new here as I am. Welcome! 5mo
Tbelle @Theaelizabet well thank you!! 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 5mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💚💜♥️💙 5mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. There have been very few books that I didn‘t love by her. This one really was exceptional. I think that her use of verging perspectives was really superior in this book. She took some tough characters and got into their heads and made them believable. I found that very impressive. I have to say though, that the ending felt rushed and I wanted it to be a little grittier maybe.

megansaurusrex I have heard great things about her but I have never read anything by her. What is your favorite? 5mo
Victoriahoperose @megansaurusrex that‘s a tough one! I‘ve read a bunch. I think the one that stuck with me the most so far is Perfect Match. It just had a killer twist and ending. My friend just told me I have to read House Rules so I am onto that one this week. Hopefully I love it as much as she does! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m not sure I could pick a favorite... she is so awesome!!! 💗💗💗 5mo
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Mconoscuito
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Book #2 of 2019

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TheClevelander
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Listen, I get what this author is trying to do (and I‘ve never read her work before, so I had zero expectations), but this novel exploring race in America was just a little too trite, a little too contrived, and a little too convenient. I couldn‘t help wishing she‘d done a little more homework re: both the medical field and the criminal justification system, because it‘ll drive any nurse and any lawyer (hi there!) insane). (cont below...)

TheClevelander This felt to me like an “Aww, Schucks” After School Special for wide-eyed, affluent white teenagers who‘d never confronted or acknowledged the horror and insidiousness of racism in America. Maybe the author knows her audience and has hit the mark, and maybe I‘m being a bit mean, but this felt too easy, too neat, and too superficial. I felt the same way I felt after Season 3 of Serial—that it was such a superficial understand of the issues (cont... 6mo
TheClevelander and I walked away feeling unsatisfied, expecting a deeper dig. Finally, you can‘t write this book and then end it with some White Savior BS. You have a main character walk around in a poor neighborhood, have an epiphany, and then save the day? You ruin your attempt at imparting the lessons you want to impart as a white author falling into the “white character saves the day” narrative of most mainstream media. (Cont...) 6mo
Ashley85 Great points. I didn‘t care for this one either. 6mo
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TheClevelander Finally, I can‘t help feeling that this white, powerful, no doubt wealthy, best-selling author should instead lend her platform to authors of color to explore these stories rather than benefiting financially from a system that continually elevates white authors and artists . Apparently, I have a lot of opinions this morning 🤨 6mo
Jeannineth Don‘t pick up A Spark of Light by Picoult then. That one was worse. 6mo
RaimeyGallant All great points. I'm having a hard time taking what I like and what I don't like about this book and somehow give it a short review with an actual rating. 5mo
Scochrane26 I‘m supposed to read this for a book club, but I usually don‘t like picoult books. I read some reviews, & so far, I feel the same as you. My sister reminded me I can just skim the book. 5mo
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c.m.reger
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Wow.... just. WOW. This book was SO good. The best book I‘ve read this year, by far! It‘s an eye-opener and it really sends you through a whirl-wind of emotions. I‘d recommend this book to ANYONE. Because, you seriously need to read it... like, now!

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Scarlett_ohara
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I think Jodi Picoult is pretty much God who came down from heaven to write books, but this has to be my favorite so far. It changed my point of view on racism. I'm white and of course I never thought of myself as racist. But this book made me realize how prejudiced I really am, despite everything, despite how open-minded I claim to be. It made me uncomfortable, but in a good way.

wordzie ❤ the review and your honesty 💝 5mo
Scarlett_ohara Thank you 😊 5mo
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sh333p
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Really enjoyed this book which wasn‘t my “usual” choice of genre. It held such a powerful message around racism. Highly recommend.

KristenDuck Yes!!! This was one of Jodi Picoult‘s best books for sure. 6mo
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c.m.reger
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This book is heart-breaking and infuriating, yet so, so eye-opening and I‘m only 31% deep. There‘s definitely going to be some good discussion on this one at book club.

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Honeybeebooks
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Our book club met this week to discuss. We had an amazing conversation. It was never contentious but there were equal parts angst for the contrivance of several plot points as for the importance of the issues raised. So thankful for my group. The discussion is always a "Pick" no matter the rating of the book itself.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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There are just some feelings, I‘ve learned, for which we never invented the right words.