Elaine, November 16, 2007 (view all comments by Elaine)
I'm relatively new to Jodi Picoult. It is not my usual reading and I picked my first one of her books up reluctantly on the recommendation of a friend (while trapped in a mountain retreat). I was quickly converted to a Picoult fan.
The Tenth Circle, much like her other books, has beautifully-drawn characters. I have a teen-aged daughter and so much of Trixie's speech and attitudes feel and sound like my daughter and her friends. They make decisions without fully thinking through the consequences and maybe even the smartest of them don't have the capacity to make fully-informed choices. They just don't have enough life experience for a full context. And I'm an academic and understand Laura all too well. Daniel was something of a mystery to me - I don't "know" his character at all and yet I came to know him well, I felt.
The most interesting thing about Picoult's books, however, is her willingness to focus on "big issues" like the Columbine-like shootings in 19 Minutes, and the consequences and implications of evolving medical technology in My Sister's Keeper. In this case there are several interesting hot-button issues: teen rape by friends or classmates, accusations that might or might not be true and getting to a point of no return.
I deliberately am not giving plot details - if you want them you can find them, but I hate reading reviews and having someone ruin the story for me.
The characters are real and palpable, the story is real. Like her other books, it is also very sad on many levels.
I personally liked both 19 Minutes and Her Sister's Keeper a bit better, but I think this is a very good book.
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teacherofark, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by teacherofark)
Reluctantly, I started this novel (suggested by the librarian). However, I could NOT put it down for one second. In the middle of the night I was reading by the dim light of the night light. Captured by diction and syntax, I continued on- even though some parts embarrassed me and made me feel a little guilty for reading...Nevertheless, it is realistic and everyone needs to read this book- teens and parents.
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sneddy29, August 24, 2007 (view all comments by sneddy29)
When it comes to writing, Jodi PIcoult, has you glued to your chair. You come to empathize with the characters in the story, and feel like they are your neighbors and friends. It is no surprise that she is a best selling author, and that you can't stop reading her books. This book in particular is great to yap about in your book club!
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