Songs of the Humpback Whale
by Jodi Picoult
Sometimes finding your own voice is a matter of listening to the heart…
Jodi Picoult’s powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment… For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Jane turns on him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with their teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey charted by letters from her brother Joley, guiding them to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, and expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent – and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes.
Review: Finished Saturday morning, February 24th, 2007. I tried to remain optimistic while reading this book. It wasn’t one I voted for (Book of the Month), but I read it anyway. It’s been read, and I’m glad it’s over and done with. It wasn’t the type of book that I like, and while I usually don’t give a book a bad opinion, this one, as much as I hate to say this, stank. OMG! All of it was in the first person; there were no dividing chapters, just the characters themselves. Everything was written in the first person. While you don’t pay that much attention when reading the actual chapter headings (like Chapter 1, etc…), with this one, you had no choice to pay attention, or you didn’t know who was talking! Not only did it jump from character to character, it also skipped around in the same timeline – nothing followed. While I don’t find jumping timelines confusing in any way, add jumping with characters as much as timelines and I hated it. But that wasn’t the part I hated most. It was finding out the ending before reaching the ending of the book, and hating the decision made that just made me feel like I wasted my time reading it! I’m sorry, but if you’re that unhappy, would you really go back? If you were really unhappy, and your daughter was old enough to undersand… would you go back? This character did – for her daughter. Come on – she’s fifteen! Nope, I didn’t like this book. There are so many more points that I could attach to this review, but I don’t have a half hour to write it all down. Suffice to say, I was disappointed. I thought there was way more to the story than there actually was.