Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
This is an earlier writing of Picoult and it shows. It's still well written, but it's missing some of the elements that she's developed in her newer work. She still writes from many character viewpoints, but I found myself confused trying to figure out what point in time we were in in several spots (it jumps back and forth quite a bit). I'm still not sure what the point of the story was, I felt a little let down at the end. I know that since Picoult has become a 'hot' writer they've republished and remarketed her books. It's just interesting to take an earlier one and see where she has come as a writer. If you enjoy Picoult's books, you'll probably enjoy this, maybe just not as much as other ones that she has written.