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Perfect Match

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  59,129 ratings  ·  2,885 reviews
Picoult brings to life a female prosecutor whose cherished family is shattered when she learns that her five-year-old son has been sexually abused.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determi
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Washington Square Press (first published May 1st 2002)
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Consider this:

What would you do in the name of justice? What would you do if someone harmed your child? And what would you do to protect them?

These are the questions Nina Frost was faced with after she found out that her son, Nathaniel, was sexually abused. Nina made a living as an assistant district attorney. Her job was to prosecute the child molestors and rapists that preyed on little girls and boys. In her subconscious, she reasoned with herself that through this line of work, her perfect wo
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trigger: the sexual assault of a child.

This was a gut wrenching novel to read. Like many of Jodi Picoult’s novels you will have an internal debate on if justice through the court system is the best route. Though most of us would agree we should never take the law into our hand, we are also not blind to the injustices of our judicial system and corrections system. This powerful novel has twists and turns right up into the last couple pages. I was very engrossed in the plot. I did struggle with N
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this entire book in one night - no easy feat at over 400 pages, but it was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. Picoult does such an incredible amount of research for every one of her books that, even if you don't like the story, you are guarenteed to come away with knowledge that could help you win "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Reading too many Picoult books can get kind of annoying, as they all follow the same basic formula - even though the end is supposed to surprise you, aft ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
reading the contents of my shampoo bottle was more riveting.
Ellen Mandly
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hated this book, but I can't decide if it was the lame plot, overwrought characters or the horrible narrator. I can't believe I stuck with it till the end. I'm not going to waste anymore time on this book except to say that people do not smell like caramel or taste like sugar unless they just ate a donut.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
classic jodi picoult. troubled family, hot debated issue, extremelly well written metaphors, a law suit and a twist ending .

i'm at a point where i've read enough by jodi picoult to expect more or less what is going to happen next, however i still find myself devouring every paperback with her name on i can get my hands on in less then 24-hours time.

the woman ,once again, delivers.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2006
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Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was ok
Got this in Costa Rica because there was nothing else remotely decent and figured that I'd enjoyed Sister's Keeper enough. However, was let down and just felt that this was hastily written and overly complicated. Plus, explored pretty much the same themes as before and did not do as good a job at exploring the shades of grey. Found myself more annoyed with the mother than anything else and not especially caring about the!
Michele Zemel
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent thought provoking book by an excellent author. Couldn't put it down.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husb
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
I firmly believe everyone should read what they want. What makes them happy. Be that shameless smut, or bad horror, or rapey bodice rippers. Read it all! I don't care!

But I, as a reader, have a guilty secret.

I'm a bit of a book snob.

This trait emerged without warning when I was recently discussing reading with a friend. She likes to read Jodi Picoult, as does her husband, and I have always sneered at Picoult books because they sound like Lifetime movies. We were trying to find books in common, s
Although this may not be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels, nevertheless it is still a good read. Most of Picoult's novel are about extraordinary situations that seem like they've come straight from newspaper headlines, and this one is no different – the sexual abuse of a five year old boy by a person they trusted.

Perfect Match is well-written, with multiple narrators so the reader feels like they get to observe all sides of the story. The characters are engaging, intricately flawed and realist
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
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Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again." ~Charlotte Bronte

"[He] puts his big hands on my shoulders. I fell in love with [him] because of those hands, which can touch me as if I am a soap bubble certain to burst, yet are powerful enough to hold me together when I am in danger of falling to pieces."

"You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny
Elisabete Vitória
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I'm embarrassed by my not only enjoying Jodi Picoult in the beginning, but by how I seem to continue enjoying it even when she churns out stuff like this. Perfect Match is contradictory and angsty and ridiculous. Adultery, murder, child abuse... it is so crammed with controversial topics that it runs the whole gauntlet of shocking and comes back round to boring. Which is exactly what the book club readers like, no? A little of nitty gritty to discuss over the tea and biscuits, but not so much th ...more
Petra Willemse
Jul 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This was brutal. I had to finish it, but I have no excuse for starting it.
Pamela Pickering
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite ofJodi Picoult's books. It took me a long time to open a JP book simply because the subject matter she chooses makes me squirmy. I felt the same way about this one. Most of us don't want to read a book about such an uncomfortable subject. The molestation is only a small part of the book, it is just the catalyst. The story grabs you within the first few chapters and refuses to let go. JP takes us a roller coaster of emotions and twists of events that continue until the end. O ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jodi Picoult is one of my all time favorite authors. I anxiously await her new books each year.

It has been awhile since I read Perfect Match but it is a book that definitely stays with you. Painful to read at times but well written and difficult to put down once you start. You can tell that as usual Jodi Picoult has done her research.

As with quite a few of her books dealing with a tough subject can make for some emotional moments for sure.


Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was well written and page-turning with a masterful plot. Picoult developed each character with suspense. However I was irritated with the main character, Nina...she was selfish and I often wanted to kick her. In this book I admired Attorney Fisher Carrington who seemed to be the only one exemplifying healthy relationships. He was a servant and savior. I wanted to give all the others therapy.
Célia | Estante de Livros
No âmbito do Projeto “Um Ano Com Jodi”, da Isa, da Dora e da Elisa, decidi finalmente pegar neste livro da escritora norte-americana Jodi Picoult, que já esperava pela sua vez há demasiado tempo na minha estante. Tudo por amor tem uma premissa particularmente angustiante, em especial para quem é mãe de uma criança da mesma idade da que está no centro do enredo, que aborda o tema do abuso sexual de crianças e os respetivos traumas que causa na vítima e respetiva família.

Nina Frost, a mãe, conhece
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you've read one of Jodi Picoult's book then you've read "Perfect Match". My friend gave me this book and its been staring at me for the last three months. I decided to give the book a read and I don't know how I made it to the end. It was such a classic Picoult read, filled with adultery, messy family drama, moral questions... everything you could possibly think of was in this book.

For me, the book felt over-written and just TOO much. I mean, just how many topics can we cover in 450 pages?

Sharon Huether
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, abuse
How far would a mother go to protect her child.
Nina Frost, an Assistant District attorney goes beyond the justice system to avenge her son's sexual preditor. No one could see this coming.
There are more twists and turns in the story, making it unforgettable.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Where do I start with this atrocious book?

First of all, the main character Nina was a ridiculous c—t. Sorry, but it’s true. After finding out that her son is molested she decides to shoot the accused priest at the arraignment. How stupid is that? Even the angriest of parents wouldn’t do such a thing. If your child is molested your primary focus should be supporting and seeking help for your child. Not ending up in jail thereby reducing your son’s support system.

And then… oopsie!! She killed the
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a story! Picoult is my favorite author and all of her books seem to deal with some sort of moral or social dilemma. This was a superb drama. One that tugs at the heart of every parent out there. Who hasn't imagined being a vigilante of justice in the event that your child was victimized?

The book was written in first person from many of the characters points of view. At first, when I was just getting to know and understand the characters, this was a little difficult to follow. I quickly over
Feb 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, books-i-hated
I don't even know where to start on how terrible this book was. If I could give negative stars I would. It's laughable, the events that take place in the courtroom would never be allowed. I Could not stand any of the characters, especially the main femal character. I would actually be reading and have to stop and say outloud to myself "I can't believe how BAD this book is". Come on the ending, I would of enjoyed the book much more if her husband would of left her and she would of been sentenced ...more
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is my absolute favourite Jodi Picoult book. Although most people opt for 'My Sisters Keeper' and I don't blame them because that is amazing, I just think this book is so exciting- to a point where I read it in one sitting. Although many of Jodi's books have a 'shock' factor somewhere, that's partly why I love her writing, this was twist and turns all of the way through. The characters were so well developed and you could completely understand even when they behaved so erratically. It's a tr ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
This was yet another fantastic read from Jodi Picoult. I am slowly making my way through the books I haven’t read by her and I got a whole bunch from the library that included Perfect Match.

What I love about Jodi’s books is that she really makes you care about her characters - what Nina does is absolutely wrong, but her reasons for doing it are absolutely sound. I wasn’t against her at all - you have to do what you have to do for your family. It obviously wasn’t all plain sailing, with other thi
Sol Florano
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seamlessly, Jodi Picoult has pulled me out of my too-long reader's block and back into the track of hard-hitting emotions, too-often hushed issues, and one hell of a ride in Perfect Match.

Nina Frost is a prosecutor in Maine who tries to balance being a mother to her five year old son, Nathaniel, and a lawyer seeking justice to help ease the pain of molested children. But her world tilts precariously on its edge when they find out that their sweet little boy was a victim of the crime she so despe
Nov 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Caryl
Shelves: chicklit, own
Nearly all of Picoult's books present a moral dillema without a clear way to work your way out of. This book deals with a young boy who is sexually molested, and his mother's vigilante response to the situation.

I first expected the court drama to revolve around the molestation trial, but it very quickly becomes a moot point and shifts instead to the mother. Picoult, as usual, brings in a scientific twist - this time with DNA testing - that is usually something fairly educational.

This book introd
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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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