Mad Honey - Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey

By Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

  • Release Date: 2022-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,742 Ratings)


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.


  • Woke woke woke

    By fun and relaxing. enjoyable
    Transgender is main topic. Whole story line ends up revolving around it. I
  • Transgender Agenda

    By Private09
    Mad Honey started out well, but was ruined by the woke, regressive, political agenda of transgenderism. It’s no surprise that “transgender” was not mentioned in the book summary as the authors and publisher knew it would not appeal to the authors’ primary audiences. The deceitful attempt to force and normalize this lifestyle on unsuspecting consumers is not only sickening, it’s evil. At least have the decency to give consumers the choice before they waste their hard earned money on a political agenda they don’t agree with or support.
  • Beautiful

    By lsopris
    I loved this story so much I couldn’t put it down.
  • Good but wouldn’t read twice

    By Kaolivias
    It was a good story, with important points, but I caught multiple spelling or grammar errors and it threw me off. I didn’t fall in love with the characters or anything, it was just intriguing enough to keep reading though.
  • Loved this book !!!

    By Donner627
    Such a good book. Couldn’t wait to get back to it every night. The ending seemed a little lame, but overall is was excellent.
  • Mixed Review

    By GBRich3
    If learning about a new subject (to me at least), I would give this book an A+. Unfortunately I had the feeling that I was also reading a teenage romance novel. Since the main characters are teenagers, maybe that is to be expected. But I would have enjoyed learning more about Ava’s angst (Lily’s mother) learning that her son identified with being a girl at a young age and the decision to have surgery.
  • LGBT+ lecture

    By akc__
    Book became a lecture about the LGBT community halfway and touched on so many different social issues that it didn’t resonate or seem realistic. Just felt forced.
  • Ruined.

    By ashchap13
    Was getting good until it took the transgender turn. Couldn’t read anymore after that.
  • Not one of Jodi’s best work

    By LeanBean1710
    This book started out really strong and had a great twist mid-way. But the timeline felt choppy and repetitive as it progressed, and the ending was unsatisfying and unrealistic.
  • Amazing Read

    By C. Evans
    I was enthralled, a beautiful story about love……and revealing truths