Review of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Get out the balloons, the streamers and the banners!
This is my first review on Over My Read Body, a co-blog where I hope to review my neglected physical TBR, while I still take part in blog tours and proof reviews over at The Reading Closet.

It’s a new decade, a new journey and a time to start reading more books that make me think about the world around me, books that help me understand it and the people who inhabit it. So, what better book to break this new blog in than Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I’ve had this book on my TBR ever since it originally came out in hardback on the 22nd of November 2016, but I didn’t actually read it until I picked up the paperback copy a few months ago. Why I waited so long to read it, I do not know, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. The best books makes you see the world differently, Small Great Things is absolutely one of them.

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.

What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes.

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them”
Ray Bradbury

One thing that I always walk away with after reading a Jodi Picoult novel, is an increased sense of reality. We all live our days with a degree of rose tint, where we sometimes fail to remember that the world isn’t a perfect place that many of us wish that it could be. The way we can help prevent these imperfections within humanity is fighting them, helping to provide a louder voice for those who may be drowned out in waves of hate. Only if we fight this hate with knowledge and love for our fellow humans can we annihilate it. Jodi Picoult’s literary work is a weapon of education.

Small Great Things shot into my top reads of 2019, it was a surprisingly late contender, as Ii powered through the evocatively penned read that was written through  multitude of narratives, I fleeted through a kaleidoscope of raw emotion, from heartbreak to anger. Jodi draws out those emotions with the use of multi-layered characters and societal subjects that it is ultra important to open our eyes to. The themes are touched upon both sensitively with purpose and based upon research into discrimination from both a victim and perpetrators point of view. Jodi has tackled a subject in a way that allows the reader to walk a mile in her characters shoes. The storyline was utterly hard-hitting, with a ray of light raying through a cloud of courtroom drama written within addictive taut chapters. Like I said, I powered through it. Jodi’s writing is truly incredible.

“The love that binds us is stronger than the differences that divide us.”

This novel is a captivating one, that tells the tale of a journey of hate and ethics, with a protagonist that you can’t help but fall in love with, one that you both sympathise with and feel angry for. You’re absorbed into her mind where you can feel her personal anguish and fear, it entrances you. This coupled with an antagonist that makes you grit your teeth with frustration and your blood boil with anger. Our other main character is one that is blind to the contemporary world that she lives in, yet she is willing to learn and grow – she represents the many of us who live our life innocently clueless. All three characters have been vividly created with their own place in the story, and work perfectly together to unravel the narrative. Creating this novel the way she has, Jodi Picoult has allowed her characters to posses a level of humanity in order to create a believable storyline with a secure foundation.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
– Benjamin Franklin

We all share the world, we all have to live together. If you take away status, possession, wealth etc. All the things that don’t matter, not really, we are all the same. We are all human. Great Small Things teaches a small lesson about a big subject that needs to be talked about, educated about – it affects people every single day, we need to stop it and this book, amongst many I am sure should be read, shared and talked about if we want to obliterate the problem. How can we change, if we never learn?

If you read one book this year, please make sure this is it. It’s important!

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Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Danielle x





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