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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not and will not accept monetary compensation for reviews. These are my honest thoughts and opinons.

This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest—complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

My Review:
5 Stars

This book is simply amazing. I was unprepared for the blow that it would deliver to my mind and heart. Ruth's story will make you cry, rage and shake your head at the stupidity that is show. The stupidity that is very relevant in today's society. 

Ms. Picoult has done a fantastic job of showing the emotion on both sides of the story. While you may not agree with a side, both are presented in an equal and honest manner. Giving insight to the minds behind the ignorance, showing that to them its valid thinking and reasoning. 

A story that tugged so hard at my heart. Wanting justice for Ruth and all she has to go through, all for following the orders that she was given. 

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