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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  81,738 ratings  ·  4,335 reviews
Jodi Picoult, the New York Times bestselling author of Vanishing Acts, offers her most powerful chronicle yet of an American family with a story that probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child -- and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play the hero.

Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father's life...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Atria Books (first published 2005)
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Suede
Jodi, Jodi, Jodi. We need to talk. I like you, I really really do. I think you are a fun girl to fly with, and I like hanging out with you when no one else is around to make fun of me when they see us together. But I feel as though our relationship is going the way of Beatrice Sparks. I mean, we really hit it off with My Sister's Keeper. And that first meeting was soooooo gooooood. But this relationship has taken a serious nose dive. 10th Circle, wha? Are you on drugs? Did you have a lobotomy? W...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
So if one were to compare popular fiction with dining, you could probably say writers like Danielle Steele, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, etc are the McDonald's of writers. I would probably equate Jodi Picoult with Applebee's. Reading a Jodi Picoult novel is like casual dining. You pretty much know what you're going to get, and you don't expect anything life altering. But it's entertaining, it's atmospheric, and it certainly feels at least a bit more upscale.
This novel is about a family: a mom, a...more
Petra X
Although I had read quite a number of Jodi Picoult books, I was doubtful about this one because it included a lot of the material in comic-strip format and I do not like comics or graphic novels at all. I needn't have worried though, because the story reads just as well just sticking to the text. In fact, especially after the tedious writing and despicable characters of Mercy, I was really surprised by some good storytelling and quite well-rounded characterisations. The research Picoult had put...more
Tracy
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Ashley
May 24, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mature high schoolers and even parents
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult is based on a fourteen-year-old girl, Trixie Stone, who is madly in love for the first time with an upper classman named Jason Underhill, who happens to be the star hockey player of the town and well known by everyone. Sadly though, Jason doesn’t love Trixie; he merely only likes her. Because of this fact, after he broke off their relationship, he was the only one to move on. Trixie became depressed, desperate, and determined. To relieve her emotional pain, she b...more
Jennifer
So I think I'm missing something in Jodi Picoult's writing. This is the third book I've ready by her (Pact, Sister's Keeper) and I must say that I've felt the same way about all three. I don't really like the characters. I find it hard to feel sympathetic or compassionate towards anyone in the stories. Not that this is a requirement, but I think liking someone or feeling sympathy or empathy for them, makes for good reading. I will give Picoult credit in that she keeps me hanging on. I haven't no...more
Rose Ann
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Jest
We can't keep Jodi Picoult on the shelves in the bookstore where I work. I picked this one up just to see what all the fuss is about and before I knew what was happening I was a hundred pages into it.

Picoult's great strength seems to lie in creating a suspenseful build-up as the reader waits for Devastating Tragedy to descend on her characters. Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to know what to do after that and covers up by adding one big 'dramatic' plot twist after another.

It could have been sa...more
Lain
I'm always up for a good psychological thriller, and Picoult certainly knows how to pick her topics. Memory regression, teen mass murder sprees, suicide pacts - you name it, and she's right there.

Though this book approaches the topic from an oblique angle, The Tenth Circle is, at its core, a story about family and the strength of those familial bonds. By tracing what happens to the Stone family after their daughter, Trixie, claims she has been raped by her ex-boyfriend, we investigate what love...more
Ellie
While this book may not be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels, it is nonetheless a very enthralling read. The novel gives you both the point of view from the victim and the accused. It really keeps you guessing as to exactly who is telling the truth! The tale has many completely unexpected twists in the plot that will keep you captivated.

Empathetic characters, with a gripping plot, full of twists and turns, that will keep you guessing right up until the end.

Fours stars!
Beth Anne
Nov 04, 2008 Beth Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth Anne by: joy
joy is my new book supplier, so i'm not-so-slowly working my way through her jodi picoult collection.

so far this was my favorite of the three picoult books i've read. firstly, i really liked the comic book theme and the references to Dante's Inferno throughout the book. starting every chapter with a snippit of the Daniel's comic book was a great way to move the story along, through his eyes and mind.

though i have to admit, i figured out the ending about half way through the novel...picoult's boo...more
Samantha
Sep 09, 2007 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone bored enough
This book is pure popcorn; the sort of thing you read not for the writing or the social impact, but because the story is like a soap opera you can't quite quit. Granted, I thought her vignettes about family life were compelling and well-written, and touched upon the feelings a family unit generates; and her descriptions of the father-daughter, mother-daughter, mother-father dynamic were really nice... but the over all book wasn't really literature. A good weekend read. The interspersion of comic...more
Joyzi
The story involves a very interesting rape case. This is my first time reading a rape case wherein there's a big part of me who thinks that the rape victim is annoying and I am actually rooting for the rapist. The sweetheart defense is really strong and it's hard to tell who's lying and who's telling the truth. Jodi Picoult is really good at this and it really makes me think hard about what is really going on. There are a lot of twists and turns that makes the story more exciting and engaging.

I...more
Lisa
Apr 21, 2008 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs--great discussion topics!
Recommended to Lisa by: book club
First, what I like about The Tenth Circle: Like the only other Jodi Picoult book I've read (My Sister's Keeper), I think the author does a really good job of picking interesting subject matter, and presents it in a compelling way. (As the mother of both a son and two daughters, I found the subject of this particular book to be thought-provoking. Was the 14-year-old protagonist raped, or not?) Picoult does an outstanding job of showing the flaws of her characters, and I think it's the highest com...more
Hope
I recently read The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. On the surface the Stone family seems normal and perfect, but as the story continues their relationship falls apart. Daniel works at home as a comic book artist to be a stay at home dad for Trixie, while his wife Laura is a full time college professor. Daniel and Laura seem to put their daughter Trixie before everything else in life until the one time she actually needs her parents they aren’t by her side like she needs them to be.
When the wors...more
Karen
Jun 26, 2007 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
There’s a surprise at the end of this book that I wish I had known about before I started reading. The Tenth Circle is a metaphorical journey through Dante's Inferno, told through the eyes of a small Maine family whose hidden demons haunt every aspect of their seemingly peaceful existence. Woven throughout the novel are a series of dramatic illustrations that pay homage to the family's patriarch, comic book artist Daniel Stone, and add a unique twist to this gripping story. Trixie Stone is an im...more
Sarah Watts
WHY do I read these books?

They are poorly written. REALLY poorly written. Past the point of believability and, more importantly, enjoyability. The characters are completely one-dimensional and interchangable (I could have sworn I read this book before...and then I remembered I very nearly had when I read Nineteen Minutes), and they do nothing but spew these incredibly cliched lines about love and loss and watching your children grow up, or some bullshit. Maybe it wouldn't be bullshit if a) I ac...more
Jennifer
3.5 Stars

For those familiar with Jodi Picoult’s work, it should come as no surprise that this novel canvasses socially relevant and controversial subject matter. Her portrayal of the modern teenager’s life seems simultaneously shocking and compelling.

Trixie Stone is the fourteen year old only child of a devoted stay-at-home father and a professional mother who remain married to one another. Underneath this façade of an idyllic family, however, there is a certain level of dysfunction. Fourteen y...more
Marissa
This book was an amazing read. Told from the point of view of the girls father, it tells the story of a family who's life is thrown apart by the daughters cry of rape. The father, a comic book writer, tells his side, worries and thoughts through his newest comic book story - the hero a father who is thrust into the layers of hell to try and bring his kidnapped daughter back to him. Entering as a man, once he enters he finds it is not himself that entered hell at all, but a beast, an animal - one...more
Vasia
Honestly i hated this one. I hated the whole family who were the main characters. I hated them from the first time they appeared until the end of the book. A lot of the stuff that happened didn't make much sense to me, like how did the father just know that his daughter would run off to alaska? anyway, that's just my opinion but, i hated it.
Larry Bassett
When you read the Acknowledgements at the front of the book, you know The Tenth Circle covers a lot of territory: rape, teenagers, Dante, comic book superheroes, Alaska. Don’t say she didn’t say to you right off, “This was a massive undertaking…” No kidding, Jodi! She doesn’t do easy topics.

Who has ever had a boyfriend who played hockey? I mean, I grew up near Detroit so I knew about Gordy Howe, the star. But there was no hockey as a high school sport. The story is in Maine so things are evident...more
David
Aug 10, 2013 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book artists with teenage daughters and anger issues
"Women's fiction" and "chick-lit" are not my cup of tea, they are not interesting to me, but no reason why such books shouldn't be given the same consideration as any other genre. I try to avoid genre snobbery (though sometimes it bubbles up with regard to YA fiction and Paranormal Romances) and considering my own tastes range from the highbrow to the very lowbrow, I am not one to cast stones.

Or if I am going to cast stones, I want to know what I am throwing them at. I mean, a lot of people thin...more
Laurie Armstrong
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Chinook
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Sarah
I borrowed "The Tenth Circle" from a friend, and I wanted to like it. Really, I did. And despite the fact that the plot had way too much going on, it might have been okay. But the protaginist-Trixie-ruined even that for me.

*spoilers ahead*
As a fourteen year old girl-the same age as Trixie-I think I'm being fair in saying she was one of the most unrealistic characters i've ever read. In fact, all the teenagers in the book seemed unrealistic. I've never heard of anybody playing "rainbow" or "daisy...more
Debbie
I'm really not sure if I like this book as a whole. There were parts that I enjoyed, but there were parts that I hated as well. I did NOT like the ending. Honestly, there was so much extra in the middle that didn't add anything to the book (and that I felt like I was suffering through). I think she could have edited to remove some of the extra and explored the ending a bit more. The comics were kind of a neat addition. They were dark, but they were fitting. The characters - It was as if Trixie's...more
Mirna
The hero is Daniel Stone, a wild man with not quite of a dark past but romantic. The story evolved around his daughter Beatrice Stone, aka Trixx, a fairy princess lost in the misty dark forest known as Puberty. How tragedies pounded his family like an eternal avalanche, with incidents and accidents intertwined smoothly along the chapters. One thing is sure, you wouldn't want to stop just yet, until you can assure yourself the Princess is safe and sound, just as Daniel had felt in the story.

Picou...more
Lila
I wasn't overly fond of this book, and am surpised at all of the raving reviews. I am wondering if I missed something along the way? I found that she overworked Dante's Inferno and the little bits of graphic novel merely restated what the reader already knew. I know that the author was trying to show how the lines could bnlur on the typically black-and-white issue of rape, but i felt that she was more biased towards Trixie. In the end we find out that Trixie did nothing to stop Jason, and that f...more
Diane Chamberlain
Not my favorite of Picoult's books, although I admire her attempt to try something different by the inclusion of the comic (which I skipped over. Sorry). As a writer myself, I'm well aware that not every book can be five-star worthy, and it certainly won't stop me from reading more of Picoult's work.
Diane
I liked this newest book from Jodi Picoult. I have been a fan since picking up "The Pact" several years ago.

There is definitely a lot going on in this book, each family member has their own demons that they need to face and come to grips with. Daniel is the graphic artist and father in the family. We learn of his past bit by bit and why he fled his childhood home. Laura Stone is the mother who is at a crossroads in her marriage and having an affair with a much younger man. She is a Dante schola...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.

Her upcoming novel, LEAVING TIME, will be released on October 14, 2014.

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