Mad Honey - by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan (Hardcover)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 464
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 2022
TCIN: 85757811
UPC: 9781984818386
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-5583
Origin: Made in the USA


Book Synopsis

A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She's Not There

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.

Review Quotes

Praise for Jodi Picoult

"Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us."--The Boston Globe

"Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind."⁠--Emily Henry

Praise for Jennifer Finney Boylan

"Jennifer Finney Boylan is an exquisite writer."--Augusten Burroughs

"One could not ask for a wiser, warmer, more engaging companion than Jennifer Finney Boylan."--Mary Roach

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including Wish You Were Here, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, and My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books. She is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University and a 2022-2023 Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A nationally known advocate for human rights, she is a trustee of PEN America. For many years she was the national co-chair of GLAAD as well as a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She lives in New York City and Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie. They have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Zai.

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4.1 out of 5 stars with 38 reviews
54% would recommend
11 recommendations


5 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Momof3boys - 10 days ago, Verified purchaser
Another great book by a great author
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Mad Honey

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Mc - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Multiple twists and turns
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A must read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Emma - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
A book you'll not want to put down. This murder mystery is more than "who did it" but also a wonderful teachable moment. You will be asked to look at your own biases and be open minded. Highly recommend
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A hard read!

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
California girl - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
This book is so hard to read. I only got about 40 pages in. Sending it back!
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Not your typical Picoult novel

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Stcollins79 - 2 months ago
Picoult has been my favorite author for decades, but I was disappointed with this read. You’re 200 pages into the 400 page book before it’s introduced to the reader that the true story is about transgenderism, and that continues to be the primary focus of the book for the next 200+ pages. If you’re looking for a classic Picoult novel, this is not it. If you’re looking for a story on transitioning, this is the book for you.
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Mad Honey

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
svg - 2 months ago
Another great author gone woke. All the current hot topics involving gender and racial issues in a long drawn out boring story. If I didn’t want my money back I’d toss it.
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No spoilers...

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
marebare - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Fantastic story with a great twist.
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Way too long.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Amber - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Was very hard to get into this book. It felt incredibly drawn out and hard to follow. I found myself skipping entire paragraphs. I ended up stopping half way through and googling what happened at the end.
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Current topics in a thoughtfully crafted work

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Perriknows - 6 months ago
I read this book then let it rest in my mind for a bit before I put my thoughts to paper. It's just that kind of read. So many current hot button topics are explored, all revolving around the murder of a transgender teen and the cis gender love interest. Was the teen killed because of the knowledge of being transgender or was there something else going on? Told from two different outlooks, one from the transgender teen prior to the death, and the other from the mother of the teen accused of the murder. This jumping back and forth was a bit difficult to deal with at first, but got more easily understandable as the book progressed. A conclusion that wasn't altogether a surprise and if you were looking, you could kind of see it coming. It seems like every hot topic was touched upon, LGBTQ, abortion, abuse, gender issues, and others. The book was good, but not my favorite from Jodi Picoult, but only because I think it was a bit too long. I was very happy to find out at the end why she partnered with Jennifer Finney Boylan. A great story as well. As Ms. Picoult admits, there will be many people who do not like this book just because of the topics being raised. I enjoyed it, even if I did think it a bit drawn out.
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Great Book Club Pick!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Akbaird - 6 months ago
Olivia and Asher move back to her family’s farm in New Hampshire after her father died of a heart attack. She has to take over the bee hives as no one else in her family has the knowledge. When Asher is a senior in high school, he dates Lily. Asher as a Christmas present for Lily surprises her with her estranged dad. Lily is upset, is offended, and can’t believe he has done that. After that meetup, Lily is out of school because she is sick and refuses to respond to Asher’s text. When Asher goes to check on her, he finds her dead at the bottom of the stairs. But is it what it appears? Did he really kill her or was he the one who just found her? Will he be accused of murder? A deeply emotional story that will have you turning pages to find out Asher’s fate. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan take heavy hitting/controversial topics and weave them into a powerful story. It’s not an easy read and very emotional. Not a book that everyone would enjoy, but would make for a great book club pick!
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