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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Book Review - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Title: Small Great Things
Author: Jodi Picoult
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: November 22nd 2016

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher who gave me an ARC of 'Small Great Things' by Jodi Picoult in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, what a powerful, moving and thought provoking read! I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to read an early copy of this book. 'Small Great Things' makes you question everything you thought you knew about yourself and is a real eye opener to the reality of life in modern day America. It tackles racism with a brutal honesty that is rarely seen in fiction, and is a book like no other I've ever read before.

As someone who has personal experience of the devastation caused by the death of a baby, I thought this element of the story was also handled brilliantly well. I found the chapters dealing with this extremely moving and so realistic, I had to give myself a breather in between chapters to get my emotions back in check.

'Small Great Things' is a special, brilliantly written book that everyone should read. It is an uncomfortable and painful read at times, but is also an important one, especially in light of the current climate of the world right now.

This is my first Jodi Picoult book, and I have to admit I have purposely avoided her work in the past, but that is something I will rectify in the future. I went into it not really knowing what to expect and was completely blown away by her skill as a writer.

For me, 'Small Great Things' is a masterpiece and a classic of the future. Beautifully written, it has taken me on an uncomfortable but moving rollercoaster of a journey that has put me through an emotional wringer. It takes a writer of great skill to tackle subjects like this with such brutal honesty. It is also some feat to make you loathe a character and their actions with every fibre of your being, but to still feel empathy for them and what they're going through.

One of the most powerful and thought provoking books I have ever read and the easiest 5 stars I have given this year. 'Small Great Things' is a book that will stay with me and I can't recommend it highly enough.

An outstanding 5 stars.

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