My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis - Husband punches wife. Wife ran away with daughter. Daughter survived a plane crash. Wife hits husband, wife and daughter, again, runs away. 
First and foremost, Songs of the Humpback Whale is Picoult’s very first novel, so that might be the reason why the book wasn’t great. Not great, meaning, it’s not the kind of book that you’ll hurriedly finish because you’re very excited to know about what happens during the last page, rather, it’s a book that you want to finish, because you want to finish it. You know what I mean, you can’t wait to read the last page so that you can start to read a new book, a better one.
It’s actually in a jumbled chronology with confusing skips, back and forth between characters, resulting in the reader not feeling very attached to any of the narrators. There are five voices in this novel, all are told in first person. Less serious readers will obviously feel lost because of the style of it’s plot. Rebecca’s view of the story was told backwards, so readers will have to expect that the other views will coincide with the others. Making some parts of the book retold for several times, from a different point of view. But perhaps, Jodi Picoult wants it to be like that, nevertheless, that’s her trademark. Multiple perspectives interwoven to make the best ingredients of the best climax.
On a different vein, Picoult’s use of multiple perspectives allows the reader to realize each character’s quirks and personalities; ultimately, the stories converge at the climax, and the reader discovers that there are many different types of love that exist - the bond between a mother and daughter, the relationship of a husband and wife, and the connection between a person and the love of his life - one that can never be broken.
Overall, this was not my favorite of her books  but the character development was very good, and despite the fact the reader knows the end from the beginning, I found it hard to put down.
  • My Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis - Husband punches wife. Wife ran away with daughter. Daughter survived a plane crash. Wife hits husband, wife and daughter, again, runs away. 
  • First and foremost, Songs of the Humpback Whale is Picoult’s very first novel, so that might be the reason why the book wasn’t great. Not great, meaning, it’s not the kind of book that you’ll hurriedly finish because you’re very excited to know about what happens during the last page, rather, it’s a book that you want to finish, because you want to finish it. You know what I mean, you can’t wait to read the last page so that you can start to read a new book, a better one.
  • It’s actually in a jumbled chronology with confusing skips, back and forth between characters, resulting in the reader not feeling very attached to any of the narrators. There are five voices in this novel, all are told in first person. Less serious readers will obviously feel lost because of the style of it’s plot. Rebecca’s view of the story was told backwards, so readers will have to expect that the other views will coincide with the others. Making some parts of the book retold for several times, from a different point of view. But perhaps, Jodi Picoult wants it to be like that, nevertheless, that’s her trademark. Multiple perspectives interwoven to make the best ingredients of the best climax.
  • On a different vein, Picoult’s use of multiple perspectives allows the reader to realize each character’s quirks and personalities; ultimately, the stories converge at the climax, and the reader discovers that there are many different types of love that exist - the bond between a mother and daughter, the relationship of a husband and wife, and the connection between a person and the love of his life - one that can never be broken.
  • Overall, this was not my favorite of her books  but the character development was very good, and despite the fact the reader knows the end from the beginning, I found it hard to put down.
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