Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, so it was difficult to choose a star rating for this book. I think it was incredibly brave of her to be a white author taking on a story about a black woman’s experience. However, she seemed to stuff the book full of every single thing you’d ever have read about that has ever happened to a person of color.

My problem with it was that I found the story, and its premise, completely unbelievable. There is no way any medical professional would just stand there as a baby dies without doing something about it. The fact that Ruth ruins her chances of acquittal just to speak out and suddenly turns into the ‘stubborn, angry black woman’ was not believable, especially considering the character she had been up to that point. And the ending, which I won’t spoil, was so just off-the-charts unbelievable…

That being said, if you can suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the book for what it is, an attempt at opening up conversation about racism, I think it’s a good read. Kudos to Jodi Picoult for tackling such a difficult subject.

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