Top critical review
Good, then Boring, then predictable ending
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 4, 2023
My sister said I HAD to read this book and I love Jodi Picoult books so I was excited enough to order it that same day. Parts of the book were very interesting and kept me coming back. SPOILERS AHEAD: I enjoyed the trial, some of the parts about being in HS as a trans, and her journey out of an abuse marriage. I really really disliked most of the bee describing and it’s loose connection to the storyline. I found myself skimming over that nonsense because it went on and on. The part about having gender reassignment surgery at such a tender age was sad and the graphic description of the surgery was unnecessary. The other annoyance was that this author used analogies way way way too much. It was at least 3 per page. Super annoying “she held the phone to her stomach like an oyster holds a pearl” stoppppp! The ending was very predictable. I knew the real killer at the beginning. No plot twist there. Then everyone just moves on like “oh well” as if they are too tired to honor this young girl’s life. Will I pass this book along? Yes, there’s enough good here to engage the reader. It’s just one of my least favorite Jodi Picoult books.