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To the outside world, they seem to have it all. Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist, and Alex Rivers, one of Hollywood's hottest actors, met on the set of a motion picture in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they return to California, something alters the picture of their perfect marria...more
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published 2007 by Hodder (first published March 21st 1995)
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Merelyn
Alas, I always tout Picoult as an authur of "good reads" but this one is BADD....It can be compared to the paperback grocery store "bodice-busters". The story idea is OK, but the writing is? ? ? Where was the editor? The only good part was when the Native Americans were in the read. Don't go for this one. Sorry Ms. Picoult.
Lira
this book was absolutely my favourite of jodi picoult's, something opposite from the other readers. even though the indian folklore were pretty boring, the exposure of marital physical abuse is more than real. it may be a "perfect fairy tale" type of story, but maybe that's because i'm one of those younger readers.
Stacey
Oct 12, 2008 Stacey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not even my worse enemy
This was, by far, the WORST book I ever read. Like many, I have this stupid rule about finishing every book I start, otherwise I would have put this book down after the first chapter. I had a hard time getting into the previous Jodi Picoult book I read but after I got into it I enjoyed it. I kept thinking to myself, maybe the next chapter will be better--it never was.
The story line was extremely slow and in the beginning bounced back and forth between present day with Cassie's amnesia to her pat...more
Sara
Sep 06, 2011 Sara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Marilyn, (my mom)
Shelves: audiobook
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Xeyra
I finished this book a few days ago. As every Jodi Picoult book I've read, I couldn't help but feel immersed in the story, unable to put it down for most of the time, wanting to read just one more chapter so I could learn what was happening or had happened to certain characters. It was the first book by this author I've read that had no lawyer or courthouse events, which was a bit of a breath of fresh air, but it did touch on a delicate situation: abuse and violence, a subject matter that's trul...more
Britta
"Before you decide what you want to be,... know where you want to be."

"[He] let himself fall into her, grasping at her words and the electric feel of her skin against his. He did not know what to say to her; He never knew what to say... He wished he'd learned long ago how to put into words the feeling that if she was gone, if she ever left, he would cease to exist."

"...the sky overhead was the color blue the world had been invented for."

"His eyes started slowly at the hairline and traveled down...more
Laurel Osterkamp
Picture Perfect, by Jodi Picoult, tells the story of Cassie, an anthropologist who’s married to the famous Alex Rivers, a movie star as talented as Daniel Day Lewis, as desired as George Clooney, and as handsome as both of those guys put together. However, things are not as great as they seem, because soon Alex begins to beat Cassie. Of course, there are reasons why he beats her (he suffered abuse as a child, his parents never loved him) and reasons why she puts up with it (she had an alcoholic...more
LindyLouMac
The fifth Picoult novel I have read and certainly not the best. It was first published in 1995 so I assume one of her early ones. I think that her writing has improved a lot since the, as this lacks the depth of her more recent novels.

Even back then she was already writing in what appears to have become her trademark style about very controversial subjects. In this one the protagonist Cassie is the victim of abuse at the hands of her beloved husband Alex. It takes her the four years that this s...more
Leah Kautz
I have only read a few Jodi Picoult books but they never cease to please me. This was a thrift store score that I hadn't heard of and didn't know what it was about, and it did a great job keeping me guessing.

The story centers on Cassie and Alex, an intelligent but naive anthropology professor and a Hollywood star, and their "fairy tale" love and marriage. They seem perfect and say they are "made for each other" but in reality have a troubled and abusive relationship that no one would believe if...more
Linda
Some popular writers can be relied upon to produce consistently good (or bad) quality fiction, and other cannot. Jodi Picoult falls into the latter category. While most of her novels that I've read have been compelling, topical and intelligent, Salem Falls and Picture Perfect could not be more cliched. Picture Perfect tells of the marriage between an anthropologist and America's most popular matinee idol. The book opens during the immediate aftermath of an unspecified incident that leaves the wi...more
Patty
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Ct Lanop
I typically love Jodi Picoult novels but this one was a huge let down. She typically focuses on relevant topics and is able to capture the details of everyday life along with the real emotions her characters are dealing with; but Picture Perfect was nothing but a bad romance novel. Her portrayal of the wife battering is shallow and unrealistic. The little that she touches on Native American issues is interesting, but again, there's no real substance to anything in this novel.

I have chosen Jodi...more
Deborah
So...A little slow to start in my opinion. It was a good book and I liked the ending. It was a different type of book by Picoult, with no courtroom scenes. This was my 8th Picoult novel and the first I've read with no courtroom drama. The story is very well developed and the characters, even Alex, are easily sympathized with. While I have never in an abusive relationship as portrayed in this book, I imagine this is very close to real life. I used to wonder why women would stay in such blatently...more
Stephanie
This book's theme focuses on domestic abuse and what fuels the mental and emotional gears of it. In this book we're introduced to Cassie, a noted anthropologist whose married to Alex Rivers, a well-known and loved actor. From the outside their relationship seems "picture perfect" but as we delve into Cassie's memories we learn the disturbing, sad truth.

Jodi Picoult does an awesome job of evenly portraying both sides of this dysfunctional relationship. She showed how a sweet, unloved little boy g...more
Jill
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Dana
Cassie is found with no memory in a graveyard by Will, a half breed. As she slowly recovers her memory Cassie discovers she is a physical anthropologist and married to Alex Rivers, the movie star every female is in love with. Her life is not picture perfect, Cassie and Alex love each other but Alex is filled with rage and frequently it is directed towards her.

Their life from initial meeting to present day is told. Cassie has been suffering abuse a long time. Will she have the strength to leave a...more
Alcy_girl
This book was not like others of Jodi's. I think that is what I like about her, nothing is ever the same, she is not predictable in her style of writing.
In this one, I really wondered where the ending was going as I know that Jodi sometimes puts in little twists. I was almost expecting the worst! It was a satisfactory ending though.
The only thing that bugged me about the book was the second part of the story being told to someone else, not the actual events as in the first part. It was a little...more
Andreia Silva
Cassie acorda no meio de um cemitério! Ferida, sozinha e sem memória, é encontrada por um policia recém-chegado a Los Angels até ser identificada pelo marido, através de um anuncio de jornal. O marido, Alex Rivers, é o Brad Pitt do momento e mostra a Cassie uma vida que não é aquela que Cassie viveu. Até que a memória regressa!

Neste "Ilusão Perfeita" falta o típico dilema moral que Picoult me habituou noutros livros. Não temos de escolher ou de ponderar sobre quem é a parte culpada e quem é a vi...more
Christina
I tried really hard to like this book. I usually love Picoult’s books but I had a hard time getting through this one.

I did like her use of Indian folklore as a background but I felt like it could have been explored more, that Will’s life was more interesting.

Like all Picoult books, I did manage to find quite a few quotes I liked.

“How come people don’t do things like that nowadays? You group around in the back of a sedan in high school and you think you’re in love. Nobody gets swept off their fe...more
Hayley Paige
Jan 09, 2011 Hayley Paige rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Picoult fan
Shelves: read-2011
Whenever I have bought a Jodi Picoult book, I have been burning with excitement and passion before I even read the first page; her books are always so articulately written, creatively woven, wonderfully researched, deep and emotional. However, I think it was precisely this expectation and my past experiences of Picoult's writing that left me disappointed in this instance.

Of course, not every piece of work can be a masterpiece, and there always has to be one that is the 'worst of the bunch'. For...more
Angelica Inguanzo
Everyone dreams of living a fairy tale life that is complete with a happy ending. In the compelling and fictional love story, Picture Perfect written by Jodi Picoult, the struggles that people face when in love is very clear. I chose this novel after a friend recommended it and after I heard wonderful things about Jodi Picoult’s writing.

Cassie Barrett is an anthropologist and wife of A-list actor Alex Rivers. To the outside world, they appear to be a perfect couple, but people aren’t aware of t...more
Shannon
I do not subscribe to the notion that I should finish everything I start reading. Life is too short. So I don't have that excuse for finishing this book.

I kept going because the characters were semi-interesting, and I just wanted to know how the damn thing ended. But it just seemed like it was NEVER EVER going to end. More than once I found myself checking how many pages were left and rolling my eyes.

I'd never read anything by the author, but I had high expectations given how much praise has bee...more
Writing Goddess
Picture Perfect is an older book (1995) and some of the details that worked then are dated now, Everyone would have a cellphone, for instance, making it much harder to disappear, and the airport scenes would be very different, post 9-11.

Nonetheless, the book blew me away. I was not expecting it to be a story about dysfunctional families, true love, and domestic violence (with a bit of native American mythos woven in as well).

Cassie Barrett begins the book with amnesia. (Yeah, I know, that premis...more
Beverly Diehl
Picture Perfect is an older book (1995) and some of the details that worked then are dated now, Everyone would have a cellphone, for instance, making it much harder to disappear, and the airport scenes would be very different, post 9-11.

Nonetheless, the book blew me away. I was not expecting it to be a story about dysfunctional families, true love, and domestic violence (with a bit of native American mythos woven in as well).

Cassie Barrett begins the book with amnesia. (Yeah, I know, that premis...more
Mafi
Primeiro que tudo: a sinopse engana um bocado, pois oculta o verdadeiro tema do livro, a violência doméstica e não é um livro em que o principal seja a procura da identidade de Cassie.

Ilusão perfeita conta-nos a história de Cassei Barrett, uma antropóloga realizada que certo dia acorda num cemitério e não sabe quem é. Mal descobre que é casada com a maior estrela de Hollywood nem consegue acreditar na sua sorte. Mas o rico e actor Alex Rivers não é o marido perfeito que toda a gente pensa que é....more
Arttemizza
Confesso, para uma primeira abordagem fiquei bastante contente com o resultado, o livro está escrito de uma forma bastante simples permitindo uma leitura agradável e fluída.

Não esperava que um livro com um tema tão forte como este, a violência doméstica, me deixasse tão empolgada pela sua leitura. Apesar de este ser muitas vezes impressionante e revoltoso, a escritora é eficiente na capacidade que tem de transmitir na perfeição todos os sentimentos e emoções da evolução da personagem principal,...more
Rebecca
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Chiara
I had so many problems with this book. It really upset me that that Jodi Piccoult took the very intense subject matter of domestic violence and set it up through such an unrealistic premise. I mean, c’mon, how many A-list celebrities do you know that fall in love with plain-Jane anthropologists and then go on to win oscars for best actor, best director, and best picture all at once (btw, this has never been done before). It made it really difficult for an average girl like me to relate to Cassi...more
Rita
(3.5/5)
Jodi Picoult, nascida em Long Island, estudou Inglês e Escrita Criativa na Universidade de Princeton, tendo tirado o seu mestrado em Educação na Universidade de Harvard. Enquanto ainda era estudante publicou dois contos na revista Seventeen e em 1992 lançou a sua primeira obra “À Procura do Amor”. Possuiu inúmeros empregos, como correctora, copywriter numa agência de publicação, numa editora e como professora, sendo autora de inúmeros bestsellers. Em 2003, foi galardoada com o New England...more
Kate
How do you say no to Jodi Piccoult on a library book sale shelf for only $2? You don't. And I'm glad. For once, although this book was written 14 years ago, she gave up her trademark twist at the end of this engrossing tale. Cassie Barrett is a bookish anthropologist who catches the eye of Alex Rivers, hot shot Hollywood actor, on the set of a movie where she's been asked to act as technical advisor. All is not what it seems, however, and after Cassie and Alex are married in a quickie ceremony o...more
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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.

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