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What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?


In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is tra
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 10th 2006 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Anikka
May 25, 2007 Anikka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book in one night - no easy feat at over 400 pages, but it was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. Picoult does such an incredible amount of research for every one of her books that, even if you don't like the story, you are guarenteed to come away with knowledge that could help you win "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Reading too many Picoult books can get kind of annoying, as they all follow the same basic formula - even though the end is supposed to surprise you, aft ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
reading the contents of my shampoo bottle was more riveting.
Alex
May 10, 2016 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Valerie
Jul 25, 2007 Valerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got this in Costa Rica because there was nothing else remotely decent and figured that I'd enjoyed Sister's Keeper enough. However, was let down and just felt that this was hastily written and overly complicated. Plus, explored pretty much the same themes as before and did not do as good a job at exploring the shades of grey. Found myself more annoyed with the mother than anything else and not especially caring about the outcome...next!
Anna
Jun 14, 2008 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
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Mandy
Nov 30, 2009 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2006
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Michele Zemel
Jan 29, 2008 Michele Zemel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thought provoking book by an excellent author. Couldn't put it down.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husb
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Ellen Mandly
Aug 16, 2014 Ellen Mandly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book, but I can't decide if it was the lame plot, overwrought characters or the horrible narrator. I can't believe I stuck with it till the end. I'm not going to waste anymore time on this book except to say that people do not smell like caramel or taste like sugar unless they just ate a donut.
Vasia
Sep 13, 2013 Vasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
classic jodi picoult. troubled family, hot debated issue, extremelly well written metaphors, a law suit and a twist ending .

i'm at a point where i've read enough by jodi picoult to expect more or less what is going to happen next, however i still find myself devouring every paperback with her name on i can get my hands on in less then 24-hours time.

the woman ,once again, delivers.
Britta
Dec 07, 2007 Britta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again." ~Charlotte Bronte

"[He] puts his big hands on my shoulders. I fell in love with [him] because of those hands, which can touch me as if I am a soap bubble certain to burst, yet are powerful enough to hold me together when I am in danger of falling to pieces."

"You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny
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Aoibhínn
Although this may not be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels, nevertheless it is still a good read. Most of Picoult's novel are about extraordinary situations that seem like they've come straight from newspaper headlines, and this one is no different – the sexual abuse of a five year old boy by a person they trusted.

Perfect Match is well-written, with multiple narrators so the reader feels like they get to observe all sides of the story. The characters are engaging, intricately flawed and realist
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Amy
May 31, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I'm embarrassed by my not only enjoying Jodi Picoult in the beginning, but by how I seem to continue enjoying it even when she churns out stuff like this. Perfect Match is contradictory and angsty and ridiculous. Adultery, murder, child abuse... it is so crammed with controversial topics that it runs the whole gauntlet of shocking and comes back round to boring. Which is exactly what the book club readers like, no? A little of nitty gritty to discuss over the tea and biscuits, but not so much th ...more
Pamela Pickering
My all time favorite ofJodi Picoult's books. It took me a long time to open a JP book simply because the subject matter she chooses makes me squirmy. I felt the same way about this one. Most of us don't want to read a book about such an uncomfortable subject. The molestation is only a small part of the book, it is just the catalyst. The story grabs you within the first few chapters and refuses to let go. JP takes us a roller coaster of emotions and twists of events that continue until the end. O ...more
Deanna
Apr 07, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Picoult is one of my all time favorite authors. I anxiously await her new books each year.

It has been awhile since I read Perfect Match but it is a book that definitely stays with you. Painful to read at times but well written and difficult to put down once you start. You can tell that as usual Jodi Picoult has done her research.

As with quite a few of her books dealing with a tough subject can make for some emotional moments for sure.

Recommended

Kring
Oct 08, 2010 Kring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sweetdhee
What would you do if someone you care is being hurt?

What would you do to know not one single thing in the world could keep them safe?
Not even the law that Nina Frost juggling around for the last seven years as a prosecutor

Seven years,
It's the enough amount of time to understand that child molestation has never been an easy case
Let alone, it is her dearest five year old son who'd been mute after being anally rape
Hundreds of cases reported but only twenty goes to trial and 12 among them being sen
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Dora Santos Marques
A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgtKn...

Foi um livro que me surpreendeu pela positiva e do qual gostei bastante.
A história é muito original e para além de mostrar o amor de uma mãe, mostra as incongruências da lei americana.
As partes dos narradores achei um bocadinho confuso e também não achei normal alinha de pensamento de uma criança de 5 anos, em certas partes do livro.
O final é surpreendente e ontem li 80% dele, não conseguia parar.
Kat
Apr 17, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is my absolute favourite Jodi Picoult book. Although most people opt for 'My Sisters Keeper' and I don't blame them because that is amazing, I just think this book is so exciting- to a point where I read it in one sitting. Although many of Jodi's books have a 'shock' factor somewhere, that's partly why I love her writing, this was twist and turns all of the way through. The characters were so well developed and you could completely understand even when they behaved so erratically. It's a tr ...more
Jeanette
This book was well written and page-turning with a masterful plot. Picoult developed each character with suspense. However I was irritated with the main character, Nina...she was selfish and I often wanted to kick her. In this book I admired Attorney Fisher Carrington who seemed to be the only one exemplifying healthy relationships. He was a servant and savior. I wanted to give all the others therapy.
Mary Kate
I really enjoyed reading the first half of this book. And then I somewhat enjoyed the last half. I certainly can't say I wasn't captivated, I couldn't put it down and powered through it.

I was just surprised how early on the surprises were. There are two big plot changes about a third and half way through the book. At this point I stopped caring for Nina. I generally rate a story like this based on whether or not the author or director made me root for the bad guy. And Nina was definitely the ba
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Rebecca
Jun 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
In my quest to read everything ever, and always picking up things from authors I already am familiar with, I picked up this book from Picoult. Her books seem to be hit or miss (mostly misses) because the best one I read from her so far was the first one I picked up, whatever it was called. In this book, just like nothing happened. And the little amount that did happen, I didn’t agree with at all. Though it did kind of remind me of an SVU episode, which is a show I very much enjoy. Women is a pro ...more
Ferry
Jul 22, 2010 Ferry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yang saya sukai dari karya Jodi Picoult adalah kemampuannya membawa pembaca ke dalam ceritanya,
meskipun sudut pandang dalam buku ini kadang berpindah dari Nina Frost ke orang ke tiga tunggal,
buku ini sukses membuat saya merasa bahwa dunia ini tidak sekedar hitam dan putih, benar dan salah, ada banyak hal yang menjadi pertimbangan kita dalam memutuskan suatu hal, dan perbedaan benar dan salah bahkan bisa berupa garis tipis saja.

Buku ini bercerita tentang ikatan batin antara ibu dengan anaknya, y
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Heather
Aug 09, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi fans, fans of other cheese (see also: Nicolas Sparks, Mitch Albom, etc.)
Recommended to Heather by: Kristen
Shelves: adult
Oh, Jodi...So bad, yet so good. So good, yet so bad. My favorite not-actually-good...but-somehow-still-good author...This was an entertaining hot mess. Oh, the cliches. Oh, the multiple narrators, including taking the POV of a 5 year old...yet still a great guilty pleasure! Ha.

In all seriousness, I don't understand the multiple narrator stuff. She uses first-person for one character but then third person for the rest of them (who then also refer to the main character in third person). She over-
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Lani
Aug 19, 2008 Lani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Caryl
Shelves: chicklit, own
Nearly all of Picoult's books present a moral dillema without a clear way to work your way out of. This book deals with a young boy who is sexually molested, and his mother's vigilante response to the situation.

I first expected the court drama to revolve around the molestation trial, but it very quickly becomes a moot point and shifts instead to the mother. Picoult, as usual, brings in a scientific twist - this time with DNA testing - that is usually something fairly educational.

This book introd
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Jenni
Jun 27, 2016 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book's subject matter was really hard to read at times, but I didn't want to put it down. The book was well written with well developed characters, I didn't like some of the plot twists and a few of them felt a bit "cheesy" at times. Overall, it was a solid, good book.
Petra Willemse
Jul 09, 2012 Petra Willemse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was brutal. I had to finish it, but I have no excuse for starting it.
Jamie Silva
Mar 22, 2015 Jamie Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books and I have to say this was probably my favorite. Sometimes she tends to drag on about information that is not necessary and add sub-plots that add nothing to the main storyline, but this one got right to the point. There are also times where her books only have a plot twist at the end, but with Perfect Match they were start to finish. It was such a touchy subject and I cried about 4 times during the book, but it was absolutely fantastic. Many people say t ...more
Molly
Apr 22, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, book-club
I've never read Picoult's work before and honestly I didn't expect to like it, but I did enjoy this. I actually read it fairly quickly and found there were times when I couldn't put it down.

The plot is full of twists, and I liked that it gave us perspectives of many characters; and not just the main ones either. Even though their stories weren't always relevant to the plot, for example, Quentin Brown's family life, it was still good to know because it gave all the characters some depth. To use
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Sol Florano
Dec 05, 2014 Sol Florano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seamlessly, Jodi Picoult has pulled me out of my too-long reader's block and back into the track of hard-hitting emotions, too-often hushed issues, and one hell of a ride in Perfect Match.

Nina Frost is a prosecutor in Maine who tries to balance being a mother to her five year old son, Nathaniel, and a lawyer seeking justice to help ease the pain of molested children. But her world tilts precariously on its edge when they find out that their sweet little boy was a victim of the crime she so despe
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood - finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.” 595 likes
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