Mad Honey A Novel

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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


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.

SKU: 1984818384
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Ballantine Books (October 4, 2022)

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Hardcover ‏ : ‎

464 pages

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Item Weight ‏ : ‎

1.6 pounds

Dimensions ‏ : ‎

6.35 x 1.46 x 9.56 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#14 in Literary Fiction (Books)

Customer Reviews:

8,579 ratings

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 10 reviews

  • Ride-A-Bike

    . . . the authors use the style where chapters move ahead of the main plot line and then move back. Once I figured this out, all was good. Just read each chapter title carefully. I have a tendency to simply move to the next chapter and I found myself lost a few times until I started paying close attention to each new chapter title. Having said that (and no spoilers coming here), the writing is excellent, the plot gripping, and the book educational, not only about bees, honey, and beekeeping but other important social issues of our day. You will be stunned when, at mid-book, a minor character speaks to us and says, “I assumed you all knew . . . .” You will gasp out loud, re-read those paragraphs, and then strap yourself in for the wild ride that takes you through the second half of the book. It’s simply an exciting read that might have some wishing for more at the end. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with “Mad Honey” unless, that is, the main social issues in the plot strike too close to home. Highly recommend!!

    December 25, 2022
  • AG

    Amazing book by one of my favorite author, Jodi Picoult, but but this time she co-author with Jennifer Boyle. A great book to learn more about transgender population: how they feel, how society treats them and how they should be treated. In addition, you will also have a course in learning about bees and what it takes to care for them. The fact that Lily’s chapters were written by Jennifer Boyle made this book that much more interesting. What I love about Jodi’s book is the extensive research she does for her books and this one was another of her great achievement. Truly loved this book. One last thing, it also introduced me to Jennifer Boyle and few of her books were added to my “to read book ».

    December 25, 2022
  • Judi L. Brenner

    I’ve been a fan of Jodi Picoult’s writing from the get-go and have read every book she’s written. Mad Honey was truly my favorite for many reasons. As always, her theme of family dysfunction is woven throughout the novel, and her collaborator, Jennifer Finley Boylan, certainly added a lot with her gifted writing and life experiences. However, what really made this book outstanding for me, personally, is that it gave me a much better understanding and insight into what it means to be trans and how trans people experience the world. This was so much more enlightening than anything I have read of a scientific nature (which tends to be my source for things I don’t understand). What better way to educate people by telling such a truthful and intimate story with such empathetic characters. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends and family, as I think it will help us become more open-minded about individual differences and diversity in such an easily-digestible manner.

    December 25, 2022
  • Stacey A. Morrison

    I’ve read literally every book Jodi Picoult has ever written and though I have not loved many of her more recent novels as much as her earlier stuff, I’ve still considered her to be one of my favorite authors. I loved this book. It might be one of my favorite books by her. Though I’m not familiar with her co-author’s work, this book reminded me very much of the books Jodi wrote earlier in her career. An edgy page turner with a twist here and a turn there and a little education thrown in (both social/current event and nature education) because it wouldn’t be a Jodi book if it didn’t make you re-think what you think you know about hot topic issues. I could not stop reading this book and when it was over, I continued to think about it and the characters for days and now, weeks later. Great read, highly recommended!

    December 25, 2022
  • Gail Murphy

    I’m not crazy about bees or honey but after learning so much about both I am more enthusiastic about them. But it’s also a tutorial on domestic abuse and one other subject I’ll let the readers discover. The timeline was a little confusing but the characters were compelling and the mystery remained untilthe end.

    December 25, 2022
  • CRL

    Everyone has so much to learn about who they are based on how they judge differences among people and forget to consider the harm caused by the generalizations they make. This book opens your mind to so many realities for transgender people and the lack understanding of the hardship of being labeled as “different”. Don’t we all just want to be accepted for who we are? I could not put down this book.

    December 25, 2022
  • Katie G.

    Yet another amazing, heartbreaking, powerful, and informative book by Jodi Picoult that also happens to include another author, Jennifer Finney Boylan (who I now need to look up and read her books!).I’m always blown away by the storytelling of Jodi and how she takes complex and often controversial topics and turns them into real life; something that everyone can relate to. She shares sides of a story that often go untold and she does so with the utmost respect. Seeing Jordan and Selena again in this book was also a great surprise!

    December 25, 2022
  • Juanita

    Very well written book. I learned a lot about honey and random facts about a whole bunch of other things. I especially enjoyed the style of writing and storyline. Even though the storyline was depressing and triggering, I still found the book engaging and couldn’t put it down.

    December 25, 2022
  • book loving teacher

    This is classic Jodi Picoukt and doesn’t disappoint. Loved learning about bees as it was woven through the story. I really enjoy how she switches between different characters’ viewpoints to develop the story. Classic twist at the end. And I can’t wait to try out the recipes at the end of the book. I wanted to try them as I read the story. Thank you Jodi Picoult!

    December 25, 2022
  • Kindle customer

    I didn’t want to read this, but once I read the free sample, I was hooked.Certainly the story helped me understand trans people better. I learned a lot! But I also learned a lot about beekeeping and trials. I love a story where you believe that it really could have happened, and this was such a story. The writing was seamless and excellent. You couldn’t tell when one author left off and the other began.What if we accepted everyone for who they were? Not how they look, what color they were, what nationality they were, nor which party they support? What if we were THAT honest and accepting? What a different world this would be.

    December 25, 2022

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