The Tenth Circle Author:Jodi Picoult Fourteen year Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniels' life -- a straight A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has bel... more »ieved about her family -- and herself -- seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.« less
I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. I sympathized with the main character even though I had a hard time resolving the 14 year old character the author created with the 14 year old girls I actually know. I also really enjoyed the convention of incorporating graphic novel components into a traditional novel. However, I felt the last 1/4 of the book was forced and rambled a bit in order to force a conflict resolution that fit with the tenth circle of hell concept of the book. Plus the author gave us enough clues to know who-dunnit 100 pages before the book ended with no ending plot twists to prove us wrong.
After hearing a lot about Jodi Picoult, I decided to give one of her books a try. "The Tenth Circle" was the first one that I had the opportunity to read, and I have to say that I was slightly disappointed, after all the good things I had heard about her. I thought the book started out excellent - characters and themes that the average person could relate to. However, there were parts of the story that I found just too hard to believe and too unrealistic for me to relate to. I understand that this is a work of fiction, but the second half of the story just seemed so out of place and like a completely different story than the first half of the book. I thought the transition between the two was very awkward. Overall, I still thought the book was a decent read, and I will give some other Jodi Picoult books a try in the future.
Certainly not my favorite Picoult book. I found the graphic novel dark and hard to read and the ending very easy to see coming. Regardless, the characters were very likable and I had a hard time stopping once I started reading.
Another good book by Jodi Picoult. Certainly a mix of mystique and proven test of loyalty and love. The only thing in the book disappointing to me was the mixture of comics. I'm not sure if it was done to entice the male reader, but I found it disruptive.
I couldn't put this book down! The book is about a 14 year old girl Trixie who falls in love for the first time when she gets raped by the boy she thought she loved. From there her world is turned upside down; her friends hate her, her town hates her, she cuts herself and attempts suicide. Then the boy accused of rape turns up dead and she gets blamed for his murder....the end is suppose to be a twist, though I knew what was coming. I still recommend this book.
Definitely not my favorite Picoult novel. It's hard to describe exactly what about it made me dislike it, maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea. I feel like she almost takes on too many issues to address- rape, adultery, suicide, cutting, family issues, etc. It's not a happy book at all, very depressing material. It was interesting how she tried to incorporate Dante's Inferno into the novel's plot, but while the idea of using a graphic novel is interesting and creative, I don't think it was all that successful. I would hope that this doesn't turn off some new Picoult fans to her writing as I have enjoyed so many of her other books.
Eh. I remember being disappointed the first time I read it and I still am. There was no real magic and the characters were much less sympathetic than in her other books. It also leaves the ending rather unfinished. The twist was mostly lame and while it didn't follow the courtroom formula, it still had a formulaic feel.
The comic book parts were entertaining, but kind of stupid and the game with the letters was more distracting than anything else. I remember being disappointed that I bought this one in hardcover...
Many twists in this story of he said/she said. Adultery, assault, you name it, it's in here.A family that is dangerously close to falling apart, a mother having a fling, a dad trying to hide his past, and a daughter who is caught in the middle, trying to figure out life, as are all teenagers.