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message 1: by Doug (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:33PM) (new)

Doug | 4 comments I think "The Tenth Circle" was the toughest of Jodi Picoult's novels. For me the subject was difficult, since I have three daughters, the youngest of whom is 15. It is alot tougher for adolescents today than when I grew up in the "liberated" 1960's. Doug


message 2: by Kimberly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:33PM) (new)

Kimberly I didn't love the book, but she did bring up some very real and current topics teenagers face.


message 3: by Clare (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:42PM) (new)

Clare | 15 comments I listened to this book on CD and enjoyed it. I definitely think JP has a grip on the dilemmas teens live with nowadays (is that a word?). This book also made me want to read Dante's Inferno which I have never read.


message 4: by Maggie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:44PM) (new)

Maggie Evans (unsaltysaltines) Again, I thought this was yet another amazing book of Jodi Picoult's. I didn't know where it was going to go ANYWHERE! Every time you thought you had something figured out, she tossed you a curveball!


message 5: by Doug (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Doug | 4 comments Clare,

I agree about the dilemmas adolescents face - it is amazing the overwhelming majority make it through their teenage years relatively intact!

I listened to a taped edition Dante's Inferno - it was a great way to "read" a classic. :)Doug


message 6: by Doug (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:00PM) (new)

Doug | 4 comments Maggie,

I was also amazed how often the novel changed directions. It certainly kept my attention, :)Doug


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Angela Avery | 15 comments I could not get into all of the parts in this book related to writing comics. It was a creative spin on the book, but it just didn't interest me. The topic of rape though is very powerful and something that should be talked about. It was a very interesting story line.


message 8: by sarafem (new)

sarafem I agree with Angela that I just could not get into this one because of the comics. Extremely creative, and I love how Jodi seems to have such indepth knowledge about the vastly different topics in each of her novels. However, comics and graphic novels just do not interest me - there are supposedly some really good ones out there, and I've tried to get into them and just can't. This book was the same.

I did like the usage of Dante's Inferno. It's a favorite classic of mine, and I read it again after The Tenth Circle.


message 9: by Rose Ann (new)

Rose Ann overall I liked this book.
I have a daughter entering 9th grade, so this was tough..
The first 2/3 I couldnt put down, the last couple chapters, I was disappointed, and I feel like it ended abruptly and left some details unanswered/unexplained.
spoilers/discussion in my review



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alisonwonderland | 15 comments i agree with Rose Ann that the ending wasn't quite what it could have been. but i thought the whole concept of the book - especially, the metaphors suggested by comic book superheroes and Dante's circles of hell - was brilliant!


message 11: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (barbee) | 8 comments Hi I'm new! I loved this book and, like others here, the usage of Dante's Inferno was supberb! I do also agree with Rose Ann and alisonwonderland about the ending; a bit disappointing. I am, however, still on the fence about whether or not Trixie's "rape" was just that. FYI, the movie is coming out on Lifetime 6/28.


message 12: by Dara (new)

Dara | 145 comments Another great book by Jodi. I am always taken aback by her insight into all of the characters and their feelings. Her stories are fully dimensional and never have a slant toward one character over another. I too am on the fence about whether Trixie was raped but I also know first hand that these lines can often be very fuzzy and even difficult to define for the participants themselves. I didn't follow the comic book portion of the story well but appreciated the talent that it must have taken to work this all together. I too have daughters, one being almost 15yo, and am thinking hard on whether to have her read this book and others of Jodi's. Jodi mentioned in the book club discussion at the back of the book about the fine line of not wanting to introduce idea's into your children's heads while at the same time wanting to make them aware of the complexities of todays world, especially for teens.



Ashley (bookworm84) (bookworm84) I had tried to read The Tenth Circle in the past and didn't like it but I have decided to give it another chance and I borrowed it from the library again.


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She'Davia Williams (redsoxocd) | 8 comments It was the 2nd book of hers that I read. I really liked it. I read it in about 2 days because of how good it was, I just couldnt put it down (but most of her books are like that).


message 15: by Meghann (new)

Meghann | 15 comments It was the 2nd book of hers that I read. I was a little hesitant at first, but quickly got into it. I ended up loving it! I felt so many emotions throughout the book. Of course, that's what all her books do to me.


message 16: by nina (new)

nina (ladeeda) | 29 comments Not my favourite of Jodi Picoult's books. I thought it was quite good, and will most probably read it again, but I thought towards the end it was predictable and ended pretty abruptly in Alaska.
I'm still a bit confused as to whether Trixie was raped or not...

However, I really liked how she used Dante's Inferno! Brilliant! The comics included were also very interesting. Has anyone worked out the quote that is included throughout the comics? I haven't tried yet.



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this is my 2nd fave. i thought it was amazing.


message 18: by Leena (new)

Leena Almashat | 59 comments Rosemay, what's you first favorite then?


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19 minutes.


Ashley (bookworm84) (bookworm84) I tried to read this book when it first came out in 2006 and sadly, I couldn't get into it and I put it down. I am now going to give it another shot. My friend, who I just introduced to Picoult, liked it so I thought I would try again.




Ashley (bookworm84) (bookworm84) Im about 120 pages in and so far I am happy I decided to give this book another try.


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Katie Meyers | 1 comments This book was the 2nd Picoult book I read and did not like it as much as the 1st, "Nineteen Minutes." I think she is an awesome writer and I love that each book is a totally new topic. This book has a twist with the comics and the ending, but that is just not something I am really in to. I think the topic was good and this book was another Picoult piece of art that kept me pulled in until the very end.


message 23: by Allison (new)

Allison (allisonfn) | 50 comments Katie, I completely agree with you!


Ashley (bookworm84) (bookworm84) I just finished The Tenth Circle today. While it was good, it's not my favourite Picoult book. It just seemed that she was going about the book in many different directions. Overall I'm glad I gave it a second chance but I don't think I'd ever re-read it.


message 25: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (srtoomey) | 4 comments Big fan of Picoults. However I didn't like The Tenth Circle. Comics and novels just don't go good together. IMO.


message 26: by nina (new)

nina (ladeeda) | 29 comments I didn't like this as much as the rest of her books, but it's still good. I'd re-read it ;)


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jenipooh722) | 6 comments This was definately not my favorite Jodi book. As a matter of fact, so far it is my least favorite and I've read all her books but 5. I agree that the ending was too abrupt.
I did like the comics in the book as it did some foreshadowing as to what was to come. I would say that it is worth the read and really does hit on issues teenagers face now a days. In my line of work, I have actually heard of girls playing the party games that Jodi writes about. It is scarry to think that young girls are actually doing these things.


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (rhiannonsgrace) This was one of my favorite JP books. Although I admit to crying through a lot of it. The topics were hard to read and difficult to get through, but they evoked so much emotion; just kinda drew you in and wouldn't let you go. I love books that make us feel something, whether anger, or grief, or just shock. I think those are the ones that stay with us the longest. I would definitely read this one again.

I've only read 5 JP book so far, and I can't wait to read more, although with a break inbetween.


message 29: by Melly0919 (new)

Melly0919 My 3rd book of Picoults I have read. I loved the idea of a comic book and Dontate's Inferno tied into it. I found that halfway through things just got too crazy and unrealistic. Also it seemed she rushed the ending, there were a lot of things that were never explained, lots of lose ends. I have read 2 others so far, "The Pact" & "My Sisterskeeper" which I liked a lot more and could not put both down, whereas with this one I could leave it sitting there for days and not want to read more.


message 30: by Dara (new)

Dara | 145 comments I wasn't crazy about Tenth Circle...I read it, but it was probably my least favorite of Jodi's books. There were a lot of mind games, of course I guess that is what teenage girls do...


message 31: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (divinesoul28) | 3 comments The best thing about this book was how she tied in dante's nine levels of hell into the whole plot of the story.
Trixie wasn't my favourite character, as Dara said, she played a lot of mind games.


message 32: by Amy (new)

Amy (blueeyes11283) | 168 comments Have you seen the movie yet? Though The Tenth Circle wasn't my favorite of JP's books, it was still worth the read. The movie is slightly different from the book, aren't they all, but it was still pretty good in my opinion.


message 33: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I didn't see the movie :( I want to. Lifetime, right? I wonder when it's on next...


message 34: by Amy (new)

Amy (blueeyes11283) | 168 comments Yeah it's on lifetime, you could also try your local library to see if they have it on DVD..


message 35: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Ok! Thanks so much :)


message 36: by Nixsta (new)

Nixsta | 1 comments Can anyone help me????? im trying to find the hidden message in the art work....so far only got 82 letters! cant find anymore!!! makes sense at the moment i think 4more letters would mess it up, but i know jp wouldnt tell us there are 86 when i can only find 82...anyone help? im on mini_wooly@hotmail.com loved this book cant read the next one till i figur it out lol, love it but still think Handle With Care is top of my list, hopefully once i figur this out ill move onto Keeping Faith...is it any good??? thanx guys Nix x


message 37: by Amy (new)

Amy (blueeyes11283) | 168 comments Nixsta wrote: "Can anyone help me????? im trying to find the hidden message in the art work....so far only got 82 letters! cant find anymore!!! makes sense at the moment i think 4more letters would mess it up, b..."

Let me know what the hidden message is if you find out.. I tried for a couple of days, got frustrated and gave up with it.. I was wanting to move on to other books..


message 38: by Lainy (new)

Lainy (lainysmbslt) | 8 comments Amy wrote: "Nixsta wrote: "Can anyone help me????? im trying to find the hidden message in the art work....so far only got 82 letters! cant find anymore!!! makes sense at the moment i think 4more letters woul..."

Amy wrote: "Nixsta wrote: "Can anyone help me????? im trying to find the hidden message in the art work....so far only got 82 letters! cant find anymore!!! makes sense at the moment i think 4more letters woul..."

I didn't realise there was one. Let us know if you figure it out


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