Monday, March 11, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Almost done the auotor repertoire, and it is like every other Jodi Picoult novel, where it tears at your heartstirngs and makes you think about certain medical issues. And this book is something that I just had to write my two cents about. (and one I don't fully feel like summarizing. you know how it is)
 A brief synopsis:
(care of http://www.jodipicoult.com/sing-you-home.html)
"Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max.In the aftermath, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist, when Vanessa – a guidance counselor -- asks her to work with a suicidal teen, their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max.Meanwhile, Max has found peace at the bottom of a bottle – until he is redeemed by an evangelical church, whose charismatic pastor – Clive Lincoln – has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America. But this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and her same-sex partner say they want permission to raise his unborn child. "
 
Ok, first things first. I'm going to go on a rant here about religious/gay rights. If you don't want to hear it. Stop reading.  That’s my warning.
I liked this book. I however got SO mad during the Max part I know its just a book, but I also know that people still think like this. That the church has this stupid agenda about gays and how they are so immoral, just because the bible says so. Guess what, the bible also says wearing mixed fabrics is a sin, playing with a pig skin (aka- football), eating shell fish is a sin, or getting a weird haircut (who defines weird) is a sin or that if you find out your wife is not a virgin you can stone her to death. Or that slavery is right, and that girls should marry at 11. And yet, the bible thumpers do not go around having protest about the NFL. And last I checked there's been no stoning of non-virgins (in our neck of the woods anyways). And hey we abolished slavery so why can't we abolish all these anti-gay thoughts? Why do these born again Christians latch onto homosexuals being wrong and sinful as being the one scripture that they take so literally? And also, there is NO mention of homosexuality in the New Testament, so really is it Jesus wanting everyone to be a straight like the church is saying?
A big argument raised in this book is that the nurture side of the nature vs nurture argument is what causes a person to 'choose' his/her sexual orientation. HOLD ON- it seems gay children are coming from straight couples the majority of the time, so it can't possibly be that raising a child in a two mother/father family is going to make the child gay, as a lot of the bible people think. And so what if the child is? Why can't people just accept who the child is for who they are, not whom they will want to have sex with? There are a lot of dead beat dads and moms who aren't good parents but because they a 'traditional' family they are deemed better. Maybe because gay couples have to jump through so many hoops to get married and to have children they will be better parents? They are more committed than the 16 year old junkie whore who ends up pregnant (but she will go to heaven and be forgiven right?) They say they choose the lifestyle, then -as the book writes for one of the characters- why would people choose not live a life that is met with so many battles, so much hate, why not just choose the path of least resistance?
You aren't going to shun a child because he has a heroin junkie as a mother, so why is it that you would shun a child because he has two mommies? Why can't we just teach our children to accept people the way they are. That hey, God made us in his image. Surely God wouldn't have made people gay if that wasn't in his image too? Just sayin'. The church believes that God created everything. He created animals, and cells, and flowers, and free will and CHOICE. Apparently this creation is forgotten with certain sects of Christianity. Let people have the free will to be whoever they damn well want them to be and let them spend their lives with whoever makes them happy!
Also, does finding out someone is gay really that big of a deal? Are you really going to change the way you think about them or interact with them? They are the exact same person, have the same goals, sense of humor. The only thing different is that they decided to trust you with a secret (that shouldn't even have to be kept a secret). What the hell does it matter anyways? How will it affect you? It won’t.
And that is all I can muster up right now.... I do recommend reading it. It is a good book. 4 stars.
 

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