Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Buy it here :

No, I don't own it, so I can't give you a great deal on mine. Oh, and here are some other Picoult books I have read :

Okay - my mom warned me about this book and I believe she even tries to telepathically tell library patrons not to check it out. That made me think it was gonna be a page-turning, edge-of-my-seat, sick, depressing, engrossing drama. I couldn't wait to read it!

I have to admit though, I was a bit disappointed. I mean, there was love, adultery, rape, betrayal, and suicide (or was it murder?), but it really wasn't that bad. And it really wasn't that good. I just never really got into it until the last 1/3 or 1/4 of the book. In fact, after I had read about 60 pages, I couldn't even tell you what I had read.

Let me sum it all up for you: 14-year-old Trixie has a boyfriend she's madly in love with, he breaks up with her, she later meets up with him at a party where he rapes her (or does he?), there is an investigation, other bad things happen, she flees, her parents have to deal with her trauma while dealing with the reality of their own deteriorating marriage hurt by her mother's affair with one of her students (oooooh, now that's some juicy stuff!), and in the middle of all of this, the book includes a graphic novel (linked to Trixie's dad's job as a comic book artist), which is pretty cool, but, alas, it is like another sub-plot, and there is soooo much going on it starts to make your mind crazy. In fact there were also little bits of information that were seemingly dropped as "clues" to something that would be revealed or clarified later, but then never were. Ugggh. It was annoying . Just a little too twisty-turny for me. It's not like it was confusing - I was never confused - I was just like - Huh? What? What's that got to do with anything? Just too many branches on the damn tree I guess. I don't know.

Anyway, now that I've told you all that, I bet your ordering your own copy right now! I say go for it. It's worth reading. It just wasn't my favorite book of hers. However, I can't say enough about Jodi Picoult for the most part. Her books definitely make you think and deal with issues that you don't want to ever imagine facing.

I give it 3 and 1/2 thongs.


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Deb said...

ok, so do i get to read this one or what? Do you want to trade??? let me know! Miss you girl!

the thongs still kill me! lol:)