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“I asked my sister if I could read this book when she was finished. She gave it to me, and when I told her I finished she told me she didn't like the ending. I of course asked her why. "Because,' she said "The girl is a liar, and I wanted to punch her in the face." maybe that is one way to see the...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“As far as Jodi Picoult goes, this was just meh. I couldn't relate to any of the characters and they all seemed like caricatures or themselves: the protective father who has a violent side, the sheltered daughter who loves her father but lies to him to protect him, the football jock who had his whole life ahead of him before he was accused, the professor who cheated with one of her students. I liked the comic book aspect, but the comic book itself, if taken outside the context of the story, would have been terrible. The Alaskan bush added a new aspect to the book that I did like, but we really only got to Alaska towards the end of the story, and I would have liked if there was more time to explore that world and the Alaskan heritage. The Dante aspect was definitely the best thing about this book, but overall it left me feeling more like I wanted to read Dante's Inferno than it left me attached to the story.”failing to be mysterious wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my 4th Picoult book (after My Sister's Keeper, Mercy, and Lone Wolf). The issue of rape and whether it was consensual, peer pressure, people's perception on rape victims, the parents' agony, etc. were all tackled interestingly in the context of a 15 year old girl. The cartoon pages at the end of each chapter were interesting also, relating to the girls' father who is a cartoon artist and also the story of the cartoon itself related to the main story of the book.
Latter part where they all end up in Alaska was a bit dull and unrealistic to me, but the experience of the main girl Trixie meeting a local boy Willie was a quite memorable event in that part of the story.
I found the characters in the story do not really get into my heart, I cannot really sympathise them strongly - and this has been my experience with all Picoult books so far - I cannot pinpoint exactly why this is the case. The characters are mostly genuine and well-meaning people, and some of them are quite loveable, but somehow I cannot really assimilate with their situation while reading. Although the characters' thoughts and emotions are often described, perhaps they are not done as in-depth or as revealing as they should. Storyline progress seems to take over the people's thoughts and emotions.
Overall it was quite readable, social issues addressed well, and enjoyed reading.”
“Trixie is a 14 year old girl in love with an older teen named Jason. Jason breaks up with Trixie and she goes to a party trying to get him back by making him jealous. He ends up raping her. She is picked on in school and is having a hard time coping. During this time her father finds out her mother ( a college professor) has been having an affair with one of her students. Jason dies at first they suspect suicide but decide its murder and Trixie skips town.........”Nerissa H wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When will I ever learn? : /”ferdinav wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing how one event can make a train wreck out of so many lives. Hard to put down...more like rubber necking than reading.”Hufflepuffchick wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!!!”Michelle A. wrote this review Monday, February 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Picoult's depiction of date rape and the turmoil of emotions that come with it was as disturibing as it should've been. Her delving into deep thoughts and different characters drew together a novel that I was horrified with, yet enthralled. As much as this book made me cry, I couldn't put it down.”Tery Harper wrote this review Tuesday, January 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a good presentation of the complex topic of date rape, with the author's usual unexpected twists, but I had trouble identifying with any of the characters”Jill B wrote this review Sunday, January 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have read previous books by Jodi Picoult but I would not say that this is my favourite. There seemed to be a lack of momentum and the story did not seem to go anywhere. I found myself wanting to get to the end so I could put it down rather than enjoying it I felt I endured it. The characterisations and descriptions were fine - nothing spectacular and I thought that the description on the back did not relfect the story arc at all. Disappointed.”micksangel wrote this review Thursday, December 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No