Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult has been on my TBR for awhile. I finally managed to read it thanks to book club. On Goodreads, I gave it a four star. I wish you could do half or quarter stars. I feel like this one should have been more of a 4.25 rating.
This would be my second book by Jodi Picoult. I read My Sister’s Keeper and I remember crying when I picked it up. I wondered if the same thing would happen with this one. I didn’t cry, but it definitely kept my interest.
We have three characters we follow throughout the book. I would say Ruth, is the most important. Why you ask? We follow her life as it changes from good to worse. Ruth is a nurse that helps deliver babies. One day she is confronted with something that changes her life forever. All because of a request by a patient. Due to consequences and not obeying orders, not only she is affected by this. But, so is her son. Ruth was a very in depth character. Picoult I felt, wrote her so well. Reading her point of view makes you think. I’ve never been in that situation. What Ruth is going through, is unfortunately an issue that is going on today. You see it on the news and in person. To be put into Ruth’s head made me think even more. I’ve seen plenty of it on the news and out in public. But, to read the thoughts? I think it helped me look more into the eyes of whats going on. Guarantee, it is a book and I know it’s fiction. But, it does help.
I did like Kennedy, Ruth’s lawyer. But, not much to really say about her. She was like me I guess in a way. Where you think you know stuff, but you don’t always know everything.
Turk, is the third point of view. Could not stand his character. Unfortunately, I see many people like him in reality. People who only see one way and refuse to open their eyes to the world. If there was one thing I would have liked to see with his character? It was more of an ending. I feel like Picoult wrapped up his character too fast. I know the epilogue takes place six years later and technically, she did the same with Ruth. But, I felt with Turk. We could have had a little more. I don’t want to go further into it because that would spoil it.
I want to say so much more about the book, but this is one you’ll want to read for yourself. It covers an issue that is going on in our world and will make you think. If you have read the book and want to discuss more. Please find me on Facebook on my page. I would love to discuss this. If I get enough people, maybe I can create an event for it.