The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle

Author: Jodi Picoult


  • Publication Date: 2006-03-07
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4
(From 149 Ratings)

Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, a powerful novel that explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime—or if your mistakes are carried forever.

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also a straight-A high school student, pretty and popular, and the light of her father’s life.... Comic book artist Daniel Stone would do anything to protect his daughter. But when a single act of violence shatters her innocence, seemingly mild-mannered Daniel’s convictions are put to the test—while his own shockingly tumultuous past, hidden even from his family, comes to light. Now, everything Trixie’s ever believed about her hero, her father, seems to be a lie as Daniel ventures to hell and back, seeking revenge. Will the price be the bond they share?

Revealing an “exceptional, unflinching, and utterly chilling” (The Washington Post) portrait of today’s youth culture, Jodi Picoult pulls readers inside a shattered family facing the toughest questions of morality and forgiveness.

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  • Yet another

    4
    By Bunmom88
    Yet another one I couldn’t put down. I love her stories and hearing it from all angles makes it even better.
  • Punishment or reward? You choose.

    3
    By windycitizenkane
    When I saw that sorry TV film adaptation, I didn't know what to make of it. I then thought that maybe the novel would shed some light on the subject. And I read the novel, too...during a time when I going through a rough patch. I could identify with the mild-mannered Daniel Stone, and a bit of what he was going through. I could also relate to Trixie, the troubled victim of what she insists is misconduct. Like her, I felt completely alone and vulnerable. However, as much as I could relate to Daniel and Trixie, and although the novel did what I wanted to do, I have some objections. First of all, it seems like everyone is selfish. Daniel refuses to live in the real world and take responsibility for his actions. The same goes for his wife, Laura who is sleeeping around, and with one of her students. Neither parent lives in the present, but the past. Secondly, It just seems so easy to acknowledge Jason Underhill's shortcomings, but it isn't so easy acknowledging their own. [Story of people and what not!] Finally, Jodi Picoult's intention is indecisively unclear. If Jodi meant for the narrative to project the harsh reality of a family being less than perfect or to explore a broken family's worst behavior, then I think she succeeded. On the other hand, Jodi may have wandered into uncharted territory that even she was not wholeheartedly interested in. All in all, The Tenth Circle is not exactly a complete reward, but it isn't a complete punishment either.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By Tin_pipe
    Not a fan of the story line nor the out of character style of writing. Was a chore to finish.
  • Weird

    2
    By BonnieSteve
    One word...weird. And not what you usually expect from Jodi's books. The artwork (comics) threw me off too.
  • The tenth circle

    5
    By WylRive
    A really good book. Even tho is a sad situation. It keeps you guessing what's gonna happen at the end. Worth reading!! :)
  • the tenth circle

    2
    By jimsandy
    This is the 1st time I have to say I did not like this book, way out there!!! I have no trouble with authors going out of the norm but, this one was too much. Don't waste your time.
  • Another one I couldn't put down.

    5
    By Victoria in OK
    Very weird and shocking but I figured out who did it before the end. Read it all in one day. Couldn't put it down.
  • Page-turner!!

    5
    By Cheer_chick007
    Ending was very suprising!! Very realistic book, could not put down once I started, great read!!

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