The Tenth Circle Author:Jodi Picoult Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniel's 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 believed ab... more »out 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 family. With THE TENTH CIRCLE, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she 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. With reading group guide.« 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.
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.
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.
This is the first Jodi Picoult book I have ever read. The story line was very interesting. I love how she writes the story from multiple points of view. What I did not like about the story is the ending. I think that a 14 yr old making it all the way to Alaska the way she did is just a tad bit far fetched. I did not like the comic book drawings either.