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Picture Perfect

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  39,467 Ratings  ·  2,203 Reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time, The Storyteller, and Nineteen Minutes...

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
Paperback, 449 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Berkley (first published March 21st 1995)
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Jan 13, 2008 Merelyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 27, 2007 Lira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 12, 2008 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  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
Sep 06, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Marilyn, (my mom)
Shelves: audiobook
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Apr 09, 2008 Xeyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 26, 2008 Britta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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Oct 15, 2011 Ct Lanop rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Well the author got that part about women always go back, make excuses etc when it comes to domestic violence. This is one of her earlier books and I can kind of tell by her writing (I think she has improved with time)The indian folklore stories were a different!
Feb 08, 2016 Autumn♥♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I now realize that I got this one mixed up with Perfect Match. Some people use the word perfect too much for me.
Mar 06, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did not hold my attention, the native Indian stories were interesting but did not seem to really fit.
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
Sep 29, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 20, 2009 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 23, 2014 Jeanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I unload, dump and explode, I will say I love Picoult’s style of writing. She does it right. She has her characters running from something or running to something. She has contrast and she has irony. Her characters Cassie, Alex and Will are well developed and they will be the characters you will love to hate or love to love.

Cassie is our typical Picoult Martyr- she survived her childhood including the killing of best friend Connor who was killed by his abusive father. She is laid back an
Jan 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Writing Goddess
May 10, 2013 Writing Goddess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2012 Chiara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ana Fernandes
Dec 08, 2015 Ana Fernandes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Taitt
Apr 08, 2015 Mary Taitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book; I liked it so much I was really sad when it ended. I wanted it to keep going. I really liked the characters. I didn't agree with the choices at the end. But I liked it anyway.

I did not know what the book was about when I got out out from the library, only that I have enjoyed other Jodi Picoult books. So was a little upset that it was about abuse, because I keep ending up with those books, somehow. But even though the topic was abuse, and it is difficult to read about abuse, it
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
Aug 24, 2015 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Oh, lawd, this book was awful. Let me start by saying that I *think* I know what Ms. Picoult was doing here: as the protagonist of the book had a dirty little secret of enjoying seedy romance novels, the book was written as such. But, for the love of all things literate and holy, Jodi - put a disclaimer on the cover of this book, or maybe just Fabio, so those of us with a weak stomach and gag reflex will not be so quick to pick it up just because it has your name attached to it! With lines like ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially intrigued by this story: amnesia, a suspicious situation involving a movie star, a hot cop... but what I was left with was a main character who defined herself by the men in her life. I couldn't empathize with her as she rebounded between men while leaving a strong and rewarding career on the sidelines. It was painful to get through. Not my favorite.
January Girl
If you're going to tackle such a thorny subject as what constitutes domestic abuse, then do not use a Hollywood couple to do so...! I always have high expectations when reading a Jodi Picoult novel, because she is mostly consistently and thoroughly satisfying . However, every once in a while she falls wide of the mark, and this, dear reader, is one of those times...
Picoult, who prides herself on her connection with her audience, deliberately presents us with thought provoking and often controver
Oct 04, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Picoult fan, but this one just didn't measure up.
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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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