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Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniel's life -- a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Allen & Ulwin (first published March 7th 2006)
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Isa Rose I agree with you. I used to love Jodi's books but it seems to me that she now writes to a recipe. No longer inspired writing so her work reads…more I agree with you. I used to love Jodi's books but it seems to me that she now writes to a recipe. No longer inspired writing so her work reads hollow. I probably will not read her again.(less)
Erica It's not that graphic although if that is what 14 year olds do, they are much more advanced that when I was 14 (which was long ago).

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Suede
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
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? ...more
Mischenko
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can see this review and many others@ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/...

Jodi Picoult has been a favorite author of mine since I was in high school. The very first book I read by her was Picture Perfect and I couldn’t wait to read more of her novels. Very few of Jodi Picoult’s stories haven’t captured me in some way. The Tenth Circle is probably one of the most poignant that I’ve read. As a parent, the book really made me question my morals and how far I’d be willing to go to protect my
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
Jun 14, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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Petra-X
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
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
Suzanne
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one really fascinated me. I loved the aspect that brings to question does no really have to be said for it to be rape. Then you had the whole messed up family aspect as an undertone. Overall, the characters were mostly likeable but it is the debate of the themes of the book that really keep you grasping for the next page.

On to my next Jodi Picoult book in my marathon: Harvesting the Heart
Ashley
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jest
Jun 04, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah Watts
Mar 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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David
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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Jennifer
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Sarah
Nov 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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Lain
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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Daniel Clausen
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2018
3.7 stars

What I was hoping for was a very entertaining book. Something that would hold my interest...and also, something that was light enough to read on the bus to work. This book delivered that, and a bit more. I've always been a fan of comic books. And I enjoyed the comic book art immensely.

The book wasn't without its problems. The characters weren't very sympathetic. Of all the characters, I related most to Daniel (perhaps because we share the same name), the comic book artist with the
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Vasia
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Rose Ann
May 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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Samantha
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Aoibhínn
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!
Lila
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Hope
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Beth Anne
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sarah Swann
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good! Jodi always takes a tough topic, in this case it is rape, a case of he-said-she-said, and turns it to keep you guessing of what is actually happening. The whole time, twists and turns kept me second guessing everything. The only thing I didn't enjoy was a section about Alaska. It was strange and didn't make much sense to the story. That's why I knocked off a star. But I always enjoy Jodi and this was no different!
Larry Bassett
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Karen
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Diane Chamberlain
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Debbie "DJ"
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it


Another great read. Some of the book was told in comic book style which was really different. Not my favorite Jodi Picoult book, but still a real mystery and page turner.
Jennifer
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
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Marissa
Mar 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: couldntputdown
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
Elizabeth
This is my first Jodi Picoult book and WOW am I sorry it had to be The Tenth Circle.

Rape, cutting, an overbearing father, infidelity, murder, suicide... any ONE of these plot points is a recipe for melodramatic literary disaster if not executed properly. And trust me when I say that none of them were executed properly.

Trixie is your average silly, intolerable pre-teen trying to work her way up and around the social spectrum that is high school. She gets dumped by her first love and then goes to
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Kate
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Sue McNally
I picked up a copy of this after I went to a book signing for Sing You Home - one of the fellow librarians I attended with recommended this and I was intrigued when she mentioned that it was partially graphic novel.

One night Daniel's daughter Trixie returns home from a party saying her ex-boyfriend Jason raped her. When he tries to call his wife Laura, she doesn't answer - because she's been having an affair. As Daniel creates a comic book about a man who turns into a violent beast traveling
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, Leaving Time, 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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