My first book read in 2017 is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
One of my friends listed this book as one of her favourite books read in 2016, so I decided to check it out. I listened to an audio version on the OverDrive app. The book alternates its point of view between the three main characters. The audio version is read by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos, each providing a voice for one of the main characters. There were lots of twists to kept my interest. This was my first experience with this author and I really enjoyed it.
The language, especially when told from the viewpoint of Turk, was a bit jarring at times, but I'm pretty sensitive to language.
If I had been reading, instead of listening to, the book I'm sure I would have had quotes to share. I thought there were lots of "quotable moments". I tend to not take notes as thoroughly, and sometimes don't take notes at all, when I'm listening to a book. The book gave me lots to think about regarding racism, right and wrong, and justice.
When I shared about the book at my recent Let's Talk Books bookclub meeting (you will learn more about the bookclub in a future post) I was surprised that many of the people present expressed a negative opinion of the author. My first experience with her has been great.
If you have read Small Great Things, or anything else by Jodi Picoult, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
What was your first read for 2017?