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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  44,610 ratings  ·  2,221 reviews
What does it mean to be a good mother? For career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost, the question inspires pangs of guilt familiar to all parents torn by the demands of home and office. But whereas most parents lie awake at night vividly conjuring the worst scenarios that could befall their children in their absence, Nina lives the reality of such crises -- and ...more
ebook, 363 pages
Published May 3rd 2002 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Anikka
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.
Valerie
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!
Alex
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Michele Zemel
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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Anna
Jun 14, 2008 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
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Britta
"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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Vasia
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.
Kring
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Amy
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
Kate
Apr 17, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Manda
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Rebecca
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
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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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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Lani
Aug 19, 2008 Lani rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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Jamie Silva
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 Pearse
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
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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Abby
Wow! I just have to catch my breath. This is the first story I've read by Picoult that has truly captured me since My Sister's Keeper. It was painful to read at times as it involves the sexual abuse against a 5-year-old boy, but it was revealing in many ways. I just couldn't stop reading it.

Although the story did not involve the court case I expected (it was a murder trial instead of a child abuse one...you'll understand when you read it), I was still able to anticipate the curveballs that are t
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Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
Perfect Match was one of Picoult's earlier works. Like in many of her books, she writes from the perspectives of a number of the character and flips between these throughout the book. One thing I like about her newer books is that each chapter states which perspective it's written from, but this book didn't do that which was a bit hard to follow at times. One paragraph would be in the perspective of Nina's 5 year old son Nathaniel and then next thing you know it's back to Nina's perspective or h ...more
Julie
What a story! Picoult is my favorite author and all of her books seem to deal with some sort of moral or social dilemma. This was a superb drama. One that tugs at the heart of every parent out there. Who hasn't imagined being a vigilante of justice in the event that your child was victimized?

The book was written in first person from many of the characters points of view. At first, when I was just getting to know and understand the characters, this was a little difficult to follow. I quickly over
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Heather
Aug 09, 2012 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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Kirin
ok i think i'm done with jody picoult books, i was doing well at reading them in an order that the formula was there, but not in an annoying way, but after harvesting the heart, seeing my sisters keeper and reading this, it is undeniable and grr, although they do make for good weekend books when i'm at my mother in laws house and i am being a lazy bum while they play with my kids and feed me, so don't hold me to it :)
Amanda
a Picoult book that was nearly impossible to put down. One of my faves!
Lien
Perfect Match, buku yang terdiri dari 9 bab dengan 3 bagian alur cerita, sangat mendebarkan menurut saya. Penceritaan tiga tokoh sentral sebuah keluarga di Maine: yakni Caleb , Nina Maurier Frost dan seorang anak laki-laki lima tahun bernama Nathaniel Patrick Frost.

Di bagian pertama, mereka tergambar sebagai keluarga harmonis, Caleb “Ia perajin batu-- jalan setapak dari bata, perapian, anak tangga dari granit dan dinding batu” (hal.18). “Dia pria yang pintar, tapi juga cermat dan berhati-hati (
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers 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.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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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.” 550 likes
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