Mad Honey - Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey

By Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

  • Release Date: 2022-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 862 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Alternatingly heart-pounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.”—The Washington Post
 
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • PEOPLE’S BOOK OF THE WEEK

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: PopSugar


Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
 
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. 
 
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can trust him completely. . . .
 
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
 
Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.

Reviews

  • Pretty good, Love the perspective. See review

    4
    By H.Smith.
    I’m going to break this down into a few parts. 1. Writing 2. Plot/Storyline 3. Character Development 4. Ending. TLDR: Good writing, good storyline, a little worldly with some convoluted stories. It took longer than needed, but good level. Somewhat good ending, some may say predictable. 1. Novelist is a generally good writer. This isn’t literary artwork, but it is well-written enough that it is easy to read. Some parts were longer than needed, and flipping to the past so frequently aided to frustration at times others, a good concept. 2. Plot/Storyline: If you have polarising views and abstract books you don’t enjoy, You won’t want this. This book required a certain level of empathy: TW Domestic violence, Transgender issues. The author did a good job creating an exciting story while educating the reader about women’s problems and intersectionality. 3. Character Development: Decent. The author wanted you to make assumptions through the book only to change and challenge them later. Interesting strategy. 4. Ending: Good story with good themes. Ergo the 4-star rating.
  • A must read for your winter list!

    5
    By Lauren B in WV
    Wow what a ride! This book was not at all what I expected & I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to give away too much in my review, as I feel going into it blind makes the thrill of the reading that much better. The interweaving of the beekeeping into the plot of the story was an exceptionally creative way to tie up everything in a nice bow, right down to the title. As stated above, I want to be vague, as that will make reading “Mad Honey” all the more sweeter for the reader. Make this a must read on your list this winter!
  • Not great

    3
    By burried in books
    Too predictable and too wordy. Had to “fast forward” several times because I just got bored. Also, FACT CHECK PLEASE! I know it’s a small thing but there was a mention of a kid getting a full ride as a hockey goalie at “UC-Boulder”. First, we refer to our school as CU-Boulder and second, we don’t have a hockey team!!!
  • A little too predictable and lengthy

    3
    By Kat Werlinich
    I appreciate the voice given to the main characters here, but found the anecdotal parts not especially compelling, and the bee / honey metaphors - while perhaps educational - forced and tiresome.
  • Engaging story

    5
    By jillhardy2
    Very well written. Loved the story, the different perspectives and the honey history! All around well done!
  • Disappointed

    1
    By 🤦🏻‍♀️❤️LoveBooks
    Very disappointed in this book. As a senior I am not interested in a trans love affair. I believe there should have been a content warning about trans subject matter. I wish I could get a refund to my account - I spent 14.99 out of my fixed income. I will not be buying anymore of her books…she has lost a fan.
  • Great read

    5
    By Cappy 7391
    Good story line and characters. A+
  • Masterful!!!!!

    5
    By Jeff M.A
    One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. If you cannot find it in your heart to find compassion after reading this you will have to dig deeper to find your soul.
  • Juxtaposed

    4
    By lthoma2
    Loved Lily and getting an insight into a trans girl’s character and the love affair with Asher. The timeline jumping all around was distracting and irritating but overall this was a great story, well told.
  • stunning

    5
    By moAnthill
    Stunning book, love the way the two authors knit together the story and the two women whose stories are told will be hard to forget. Especially loved Lily.