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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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May 28, 08


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 worst happens to their daughter the truth comes out about each family member and the relationship they have with each other, Daniel who sees Trixie growing up too fast right in front of him, by the way she dresses, her older boyfriend, and the crowd she’s now friends with just go on to prove his assumptions are right. Trixie realizes her mother isn’t the woman she once saw her as, she’s not as close to her as she once was because her mom becomes engulfed in her career among other things besides not staying truthful to her own husband. And all things are revealed when Laura finally cracks and tells Daniel what she’s really been doing when she says she’s working late. Just when you thought that the book was going to have a total focus on Trixie and the hardships she goes through, the book turns and all focus is turned to the rest of the family too.
After reading this book it really helped in the realization that no one is perfect. Just when you thought that there might be a so called “perfect” family there is no such thing. Everyone makes mistakes and its something that you learn from, but how you handle the situation and what you become afterwards is what’s going to help you as a person in the end.
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