Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult book review
I’m also a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan, next to my man, Nicholas Spark. Now, their writing styles are completely different, but both equally as talented! Jodi tends to either write about medical drama, social issues, etc. Her books tend to have some legal issue that is needing solved.
This story is an extended version of Shine. It elaborates about an awful time in Ruth Jefferson’s life and what she has to go through to stand up for herself and to keep her dignity. She 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. But why is she reassigned? It’s simply because of the color of her skin. The parents who demanded she’d be reassigned are white supremacists who 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 and the unspeakable happens. Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime.
Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes Ruth’s 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.
The story has an amazing ending that you don’t see coming, but it only goes to show us that we really can all relate to eachother and shouldn’t judge anyone who doesn’t look like us on the outside.