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The Tenth Circle

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  122,991 ratings  ·  5,745 reviews
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 hersel ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published 2006 by Allen & Unwin Pty.
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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 hollow…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)
Sharon Davoren I agree, the graphic cartoons are extremely hard to read! That said, IMHO, they add only slightly to the storyline. Basically it is a visual on the da…moreI agree, the graphic cartoons are extremely hard to read! That said, IMHO, they add only slightly to the storyline. Basically it is a visual on the dad’s descent into hell as he strives to save his daughter. (less)
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Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nichole (DirrtyH)
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
Petra's mechanic says her car isn't worth fixing
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
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
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
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 sa
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 thin
Sarah Watts
Mar 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniel Clausen
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 trag
Beth Anne
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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!
This wasn’t one of my favourites for Picoult but I do hold her to exceptional standards so while this is a 3 star review – its still mighty good and I really enjoyed the Dante links.
Rose Ann
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Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Sarah Swann
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
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. ...more
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Larry Bassett
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 eviden
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Debbie "DJ"

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.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and I’m still slowly making my way through all of her novels. I feel like “The Tenth Circle” didn’t completely hit the mark for me though; something felt off compared to other Picoult novels I’ve read. I feel like there was a lot going on in this novel and the flow was off, while the inserts of the graphic novel/comic book didn’t really add much to the story. I didn’t like any of the characters and I was a bit bored during some parts. “The Tenth Circle ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Books about rape are very difficult to get through. This book is no exception. Especially when the protagonist is only 14 years old. Trixie Stone is raped by her boyfriend at a high school party. They'd had sex before, but this time she didn't want it. Trixie soon becomes ostracized, called a whore and a liar because she screwed over the star hockey player. While highly emotional and super effective, a lot of it was unrealistic and went off the rails very quickly. I also found there was too
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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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, 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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