This is an ARC review given without compensation
So this was my first book by Jodi Picoult and I wasn't disappointed overall. I would have given four stars but the plot and pacing did feel a bit forced, pushed on the reader instead of a steady flow. However it didn't kill the fact that the author created a wonderful piece of work.
The players were rich even if a bit stereotypical on some levels but it made me want to read more. I had to put down the book a few times for work and couldn't get it out of my head, so that's always a good sign. Plus lots of twists and turns, racial relations issues and hard to swallow but well thought out points added to the addiction. I will say that reading Small Great Things angered me. Not the subject matter itself, no, but some of the antagonists are very easy to honestly hate. I found myself having to walk away every once in a while because I honestly wanted to rip apart the book out of my absolute disdain for some of the characters. But that's good if you're wrapped up in the passion of it all, right?
I will say that at times things feel a bit too preachy, more like you're getting beaten over the head with the point. The legal points are also a bit sketchy. But still, plot devices being what they are.....
This isn't a feel good chick lit kind of book like book clubs love to push lately but don't let it deter you. Certainly worth the read even if there's a few bumps in the road.