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Jodi Picoult has touched readers deeply with her acclaimed novels, such as Keeping Faith and The Pact. Gifted with "a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings" (People), Picoult now explores the complex choices of the heart for a young Amish woman -- the compelling journey of discovery for an urban lawyer who befriends and protects her.
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ebook, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Atria Books (first published 2000)
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Jami
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I could hardly put it down from the minute I started reading it. I think Picoult has a genuine talent for writing and coming up with unique story ideas.


SPOILER AHEAD!


There were a couple of things that bothered me at the end, though. I had pretty much figured out halfway through the book that Sarah had been aware of her daughter's pregnancy and was the one who had hidden the dead infant. I really felt, though, that it was inconsistent of Sarah to have both kil
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Anemone
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was pretty crummy even though it was a page-turner. I really wanted to know what happens to Katie, and what happened to the baby so I kept reading, but I didn't really enjoy the experience--I won't be reading again. Too much filler, not enough book.

Specifically:
* It's set among the Amish. However, I get the feeling the author doesn't really understand them, she just thought it'd be a cool setting. That irritates me.
* It's full of overused elements, such "city girl goes to far
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Maria
Apr 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books and I have to say this one sucked. I was not intrigued by Katie, I was annoyed and exasperated with her.

The dialogue was cheesy in many areas, and the whole thing with Hannah’s ghost was just stupid. I mean, it really does seem that the only reason the ghost was added was so that the author could explain Katie’s attraction to Adam. Oh look, he’s a ghost hunter and I see a ghost—hmmm, it must be meant to be: we should have sex. Blah.

I’m really disappointe
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Darlene
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is an Amish community close to where I live in western Pennsylvania. Each summer weekend for the past several years, I have traveled to this Amish community, admiring and purchasing the most beautiful and delectable strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers and squash... all that summer has to offer in my state's relatively short growing season. Over the years I have also developed a growing curiosity about the way this Amish community lives... close to my own community geographically a ...more
Maria Kemplin
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked the concept of this book, but was disappointed in the execution of the story line as well as the writing. My criticisms are as follows (spoilers included):

Poor editing left awkward, unfinished, or contradictory elements throughout the book. Ellie argues with Stephen about having a child and says that although he refused to undertake a vasectomy reversal, there are other ways they could have had a baby. Later, the same character said that in her desire for a baby she "wore Stephen down" a
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Vanessa
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
This is my third Jodi Picoult read, and it wasn't my favorite, though I did enjoy it. The plot of the story really intrigued me because, as is mentioned throughout the story, it's not every day that you hear of a young Amish woman accused of murdering her own newborn. I loved Picoult's attention to detail throughout the story; she obviously did a great deal of research on the Amish way of life and really embraced the characters. Her research shined through the beautifully detailed descriptions o ...more
Jann
May 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jann by: Jill Stewart
Far be it for me to ruin anything for anyone who has yet to read this, but I really hated the end. I really, really hated it. This book had five stars in my head until I read the ending, if that gives you any indication how much I hated the ending.

Now, that being said: the rest of this book was great. The characters, for the most part, had depth and were questioning various aspects of their own morality. I have to admit that the main character, Ellie, fell a little flat. Okay, a lot flat. What
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Mafi
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apesar de ser um livro já antigo (faz 18 anos que foi publicado) gostei muito de o ler. Desta vez a autora fala sobre a comunidade amish, uma comunidade que já conhecia mas que não sabia a fundo os seus costumes e crenças. É um livro longo, enrola um bocadinho mas lê-se sempre com muita vontade e gosto.

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O que talvez mais goste na autora é ela conseguir sempre introduzir diferentes cenários nos seus livros com alguma pesquisa mas sem serem aborrecidos. Desta vez iremos conhecer a comunidade A
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Suzanne
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For sure a favorite of Picoult books for me! I love loved this book. It was interesting and entertaining. I grew up surrounded by the Amish community and this book showcased behaviors and legalities that I was not even aware of. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a Picoult book I would recommend to others to start with.

My quick and simple overall: Very enjoyable and hard to put down!
MJ Nicholls
My interview with the fêted author, taken from Real Bewks Magazine (June 2010):

Tell us about your latest book, My Crazy Family.

It is a tale of families, I suppose. Families and how they screw us up! Ha-ha-ha! In my last book, Auntie Janet’s Gallstone, I drew heavily from my experiences with my Auntie Janet. She is such a brave woman and I felt I had to tell her story, you know? I didn’t even think about it, I just wrote it down. In this book, I took a different approach. I looked at my family an
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Aoibhínn
The Plain Truth is an intriguing and thought-provoking read. It is an excellently written and extremely enjoyable novel that's packed full of suspense. The novel is thoroughly gripping from beginning to end and will educate you and fascinate you at once. The level of research and detail that went into describing the Amish culture was amazing. The characters were realistic, well-developed and likeable, and even though they were from a vastly different culture I still found them relatable.

Five st
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Noeleen
I was slightly disappointed with this book. I've read much better books by Jodi Picoult. I did learn a lot about Amish culture, something I knew nothing about and this aspect of the book was very interesting and educational. I felt there were a number of things that didn't work for me with this one though. I didn't like the main character, Katie, she came across as cold and distant and I found it difficult to muster up any feeling for her. I felt that the 'ghost' references surrounding Hannah we ...more
F
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-pdf, 2013
This book like many other Jodi Pocoult books was pretty soppy at points but was still interesting enough to keep me reading.

I've never read a book about the Amish before.

A little predictable.
Laura
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
I very much enjoyed this fictional exploration of Amish culture and how the Amish 'Plain' people live in modern society whilst maintaining their traditional, religious values and practices.

When feisty defence attorney Ellie finds herself representing eighteen year old Katie against a murder one charge for the suspicious death of her newborn, she is challenged physically and psychologically more than she ever imagined. As conditions of her work, she is made to live among the Amish whilst keeping
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Angeld01
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kipi
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kipi by: Haylee
Shelves: fiction
My daughter mentioned to me that she had read several of Jodi Picoult's books and said that she thought I should read one. I have to admit that I had seen the books before, but they just didn't appeal to me; however, on Haylee's recommendation I gave this one a try. Wow. I literally could not put it down. I read until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning several days in a row, only stopping when I could not keep my eyes open any longer. Ms. Picoult is a brilliant writer who can draw her reader into the l ...more
Petra X
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Of all Picoult's books this is the only one (that I read, and I read ad nauseum - until the formulaic writing got me) that had a really good ending. It wasn't original, it's been done before, but in this context it wasn't guessable. The Plain Truth would make an excellent horror film a la Stephen King.
Dora Santos Marques
A minha opinião em vídeo: https://youtu.be/QB8o8sYZH1o
Thomas
"Plain Truth" is about Ellie Hathaway, a lawyer from Pennsylvania who comes to an Amish community to defend Katie, an eighteen year old accused of murdering her own newborn child. During the bail process of Katie's trial, Ellie becomes her bail official person, or the person that must stay with Katie always so she can stay at her farm home. While Ellie stays with Katie, she learns the ways of the Amish community and their practices, their ways of life, and their obvious truth. And everything get ...more
Annette
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I think I just found a new favorite contemporary author. I'll have to read more of Picoult.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
3 1/2 stars rounded to 4. My 1st Jodi Picoult and the perfect introduction - chosen because it offered a glimpse into the world of the Amish.
Amy
Apr 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa
Jun 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book because I wanted to know how it ended, but getting to the end was pretty difficult. First off, the style got pretty confusing at times. Picoult used multiple narrators and switched between third-person and first-person so often that there was a few times I didn't know whose point-of-view I was reading.

SPOILER ALERT

The ending of the book was rather predictable. About a third of the way through the book I noticed that Picoult didn't put too much focus on Katie's mother, which
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Carol
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dannika
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had resisted reading a book by this author for a long time, without any valid reason, just because I saw her all over on the shelves at Target, or something. Boy am I sorry I did. I really liked listening to this book even though the voices of the narrators bothered me. The characters and the story were compelling even though they were mildly predictable, but not in a take your intelligence for granted kind of way. I now look forward to reading other books by Jodi Picoult and am glad that I jo ...more
Denise
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jodi Pucoult has again demonstrated that she is a master storyteller. In Plain Truth, she weaves the story of Katie, an young Amish woman and Ellie, a thirty something lawyer. Well researched, this novel takes you into an Amish community where you experience life and their beliefs. Picoult keeps the reader entertained until the chapter.
Jennifer
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 Stars

This novel revolves around the life of Katie Fisher, an Amish girl who is accused of killing her newborn infant after concealing her pregnancy and delivering the baby in secret. Fortunately for Katie, at the time of her arrest, she has a distant and unknown relative named Ellie Hathaway, who is a high profile criminal attorney. Ellie is taking a much needed break from her career after concluding a stressful criminal trial and ending her eight year relationship that failed to yield the c
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Connie
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Once again Ms Picoult does not disappoint. She has told a story of a tragic occurance with characters that are very real and likable. The story centers around a young Amish girl, Katie Fischer who has been charged with the murder of her newborn baby. Enter the hardened and world weary Ellie Hathaway to defend her "cousin". Though the story follows the investigation and trial, the true story lies in the relationship between these two women and their two worlds colliding. In the end it is perhaps ...more
Emily
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Jodi Picoult novel that I've read and I have got to be honest- I'm not too impressed.
"Plain Truth" is about an Amish girl who secretly had a baby and is being accused of killing it and a big shot girl-power lawyer who tries to defend her. The story line itself is interesting and is what compelled me to finish. I like the court setting, the mystery, and I also liked learning a bit about the Amish- but this book should have been much shorter than it was. There were a lot of word
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K
Jul 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I have to say this -- Jodi Picoult writes a gripping story. The book had its flaws -- there were aspects which were difficult to believe and/or could have been better written, and I wasn't 100% sure she got the Amish thing right, even though she claims to have received affirmation to that effect from formerly Amish individuals. However, I give her credit for selecting an original topic and setting, and maintaining my consistently high level of interest for 400-some pages (even though I did ...more
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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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