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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Tenth Circle
  • Jodi Picoult
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 9780743496711

10 thoughts on “The Tenth Circle

  1. says:

    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 Whatever it is, Jodi, you can tell me Help me help you I don t want to lose you the way I lost Bea Sincerly,LizP.S I m having a party this weekend, and we will be playing Rainbow Let me know if you want to go The boys still think you are a hottie, and most of them only care about one thing and it s not your writing, thankfully


  2. says:

    You can see this review and many others 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 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 own children May contain mild spoilers Trixie is the fourteen year old daughter of Daniel and Laura Stone Laura is a college professor and Daniel writes comics for a living He s basically a stay at home dad and has a strong bond with Trixie Daniel s dealing with the fact that she s getting older and pulling away from him and and he yearns for the bond they once had This is something many parents fear, including me, as our children get older Trixie s boyfriend Jason has just broken up with her and she s not taking it so well Already, she s cut herself and attempted suicide while her parents deal with their own issues and they don t see it happening Her friend Zephyr is having a party with a lot of other students invited, including Jason, and she ll do whatever it takes to make him jealous to get him to pay attention to her She wants him back and because of this, she lies to her father, telling him it s just a sleepover, and puts herself into a dangerous situation This isn t a typical party, it s basically a sex game party and Trixie is extremely vulnerable This part of the book made me really cringe because she acted like an idiot and did things no fourteen year old should be doing At this point you can really tell how mixed up she is She heads home in the wee hours of the night and Daniel finds her in the bathroom She s on the floor, disheveled with makeup all over her face, and tells Daniel, Daddy, he raped me While Trixie is dealing with the social repercussions at school after accusing Jason of raping her, Daniel and Laura have their own problems to deal with What took Laura so long to get to the hospital that night Why didn t she answer the phone at the office Daniel is beside himself with what s happened to Trixie and has his own secrets from the past Not only that, many questions arise Is Trixie telling the truth and was she really raped that night Is Jason really the evil kid everyone is making him out to be As with most of Jodi Picoult s books, there are twists and turns throughout the narrative that leave you guessing the truth until the end.A few of the aspects I loved in this book was that Dante s Inferno is referenced throughout and the comics add a nice touch because all the characters go through hell in this story until the final end I did enjoy this one as much as the first time I read it, but I believe I overlooked a few things when I read this over a decade ago While Daniel and Trixie s characters are very well developed, especially with visiting back to Daniel s childhood including the Alaskan culture he was raised in, Laura and Seth s characters aren t very developed and the ending was so abrupt and sort of left uncertain A few parts of the narrative are a little far fetched as well, but for the most part, it s believable Regardless, I m so glad that I reread this because I couldn t remember a lot of what happened and it felt really fresh to me Up until now, I haven t reread a lot of my books, but leave it to Jodi Picoult to inspire me to do just that 5


  3. says:

    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 upscale.This novel is about a family a mom, a dad, a daughter, and how they react to the daughter s rape And also the dad s past in Alaska And also the mom s affair And also the towns reaction to the rape And also a sled dog race in Alaska And there s also a graphic novel, and you learn a little about Dante Basically, there is a LOT going on in this novel I felt like the author tried to cram a few too many things into this novel, and in the end was unable to tie up everything nicely A lot of things just got sort of thrown in there there are themes and characters and locations running amok But overall, I enjoyed this book You ll get caught up in the story, and it is well written other than the overkill of plot lines This is a decent read and I would recommend it Maybe you should take it with you and read it while waiting for drinks at Applebee s.


  4. says:

    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 into modern adolescent sexual behaviour and into the lives of native Alaskans really enlivened the book The only point that was a bit of a downer for me was that the ending was guessable and dealt with in matter of a few lines when I would have liked it to go on a bit Perhaps that is the mark of a good read when you want it to go on a bit


  5. says:

    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


  6. says:

    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 began cutting, which is a sign of deep depression Also, she created a barrier between her and her dad, just as Jason had done with her But after Trixie was convinced by her best friend Zephyr that she should make Jason jealous by hitting on other guys and appearing to be easy, she lies to her dad by telling him that she is staying the night with Zephyr and that Zephyr s mom will be there When in reality, Zephyr s mom is out of town and they are having a party full of guys, including Jason That night after giving oral sex to countless guys and playing strip poker, she finds herself alone with Jason After realizing he doesn t really want her back, but instead just wants to be friends with benefits, she tries to get away from him Failing to do so, he rapes her Making the right decision, she chooses not to stay the night with Zephyr Instead, she goes home in the middle of the night and places herself in the bathroom floor, where her father finds her crying and shaking violently Then, she tells him Daddy, he raped me After that night, Trixie s life turns upside down They press charges and await a trial but how can there be a trial if the suspect winds up dead What happens next I can t say, but you can find out But I do have to say, things don t always turn out the way you expect them to Sadly though, The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult has been challenged from a few highschools across the world because because it includes suicide and also sexual content, such as date rape and adultery But in my opinion, it shouldnt be challenged nor banned because Picoult is not encouraging teens to do negative things but instead to send out a message Do we really ever know anyone as well as we think we do


  7. says:

    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 saved if the characters had than one dimension Apparently, that was too much to hope for.Eventually I did managed to drag myself to the end of this book at which point I was left feeling resentful over the time I wasted reading it.


  8. says:

    WHY do I read these books They are poorly written REALLY poorly written Past the point of believability and, importantly, enjoyability The characters are completely one dimensional and interchangable I could have sworn I read this book beforeand 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 actually believed in the integrity of the characters enough to care if they lived or died, or b it weren t written in such overly dramatic, maudlin prose If Dean Koontz and Sue Monk Kidd had a baby, and that baby had some sort of developmental delay, they would have given birth to Jodi Picoult But for some reason I stayed up until four AM trying to finish this book Mostly I skimmed through the last third because yeah, Jodi, I get it The snow is a metaphor Alaska is a metaphor Everything is a metaphor You ve beat me to death with it I just want to find out what happened to Trixie s attacker KTHX I suppose the fact that she kept me reading until four AM is a testament to her storytelling talent, but considering the fact that I watched two episodes of 20 20, both about serial killers, I wasn t going to sleep until dawn broke anyway Let s just say I like finding out how her stories will be resolved, but I HATE the literary hajj I have to trek before I finally, FINALLY get there.


  9. says:

    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 think Jane Austen is chick lit she totally isn t , and I loved Austen once I gave her a try.Jodi Picoult is a fairly big name, and she and Jennifer Weiner another writer of women s fiction were involved in brouhaha concerning the media s adoration of Jonathan Franzen To summarize they didn t claim that they are as good as Jonathan Franzen and should get just as much attention they claimed that Franzen and other dude lit authors get big spotlighted reviews and flattering Time Magazine articles while women who write as well and tell the same types of stories get shoved into this little box called women s fiction It s probably a fair point, but I haven t read Jonathan Franzen On the other hand, none of Picoult or Weiner s books really look interesting to me And while, again, they were careful not to claim that they thought they personally deserved to have the same status as Jonathan Franzen, it s pretty easy to see the unspoken word necessarily inserted into that disclaimer The Tenth Circle happened to be on sale at Audible.com, so I decided to check it out and see just what Ms Picoult s literary chops are like.In two words nothing special Not terrible, not great, palatable but bland writing with pretensions of being deep and allegorical.The story was very much a movie of the week sort of story Daniel and Laura Stone are comfortable suburbanites living in a snuggly affluent neighborhood and they have a teenage daughter named Trixie no, I could never get past that name, nor why she thought Trixie was so much less embarrassing than her real name, Beatrice who is basically your standard issue American high school freshman Daniel is a comic book artist, a fairly big name one, like the sort who would be recognized at conventions, and Laura is a college professor.Into this tranquil pond of domesticity, Picoult drops two stones to ripple the waters The first is that Laura is banging one of her grad students The second is that Trixie has a boyfriend, and she s been reading too much Twilight, therefore she doesn t understand why the universe does not end since all life and meaning is erased when he breaks up with her Actually, the book makes no mention of Trixie reading anything So, Trixie is really, really angsty She will do anything to get Jason back, even go to a rainbow party.OH NOES TEH KIDS ARE HAVING TEH SEX Okay, seriously, Jodi Picoult I know rainbow parties were all the rage when you wrote this back in 2006, which is to say Oprah co were freaking out about it all over daytime TV, but were these ever really a thing Yes, teenagers have sex and sometimes they have really stupid sex But when I read about how the author researched teen sexual behavior for this book by talking to actual real live teenagers, all I could think was, Don t you know that the other thing teenagers do is lie and make shit up Especially when talking to grown ups about sex I m not saying that every teenager who told Picoult about their sex life was lying, or that rainbow parties have never, ever happened though I suspect they re likely to have happened in a private Manhattan club frequented by Wall Street investment bankers than a suburban basement packed with teenagers I see what Picoult s intention was and I d see it even if I weren t able to infer what an author is saying from context because Picoult spells it out, repeatedly, because she assumes her readers are kind of dim she s concerned that we are raising a generation of extremely selfish and sexually entitled young men and girls who obligingly cater to their expectations Which is a valid concern and a worthy message, but Picoult is riding a trendy wave here that was largely based on urban legends and she teeters on the edge of sex hysteria and It s 9 p.m DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DAUGHTER IS So anyway, at this party, Trixie tries to hook up with Jason, winds up getting drunk and playing strip poker and hitting on his best friend to make him jealous and yeah So next thing we know, she comes home and says Jason raped her.Now, by this point in the story, I could see what Picoult s perspective was and what messages she was trying to convey, so I figured there was approximately a 0% chance that she was going to make Trixie a liar But, she wants to keep the reader guessing So Jason gets arrested, and claims it was consensual We even get a few chapters written from his POV and learn that he actually does believe it was consensual There s also a subplot about the arresting officer whose own daughter died a few years ago, which serves no purpose other than to slightly flesh out a secondary character who has a minor role in the book and give him some shared man pain bonding with Trixie s father.Eventually we learn surprise that there are a few secrets Trixie has been hiding, even though much of the book is written from her POV and therefore Picoult is deliberately hiding them from the reader as well The purpose of which is not to make her not raped but to drag up a bit angst about consent issues and teen sexuality and also Trixie starts cutting, and she attempts suicide, and pretty much the whole town including her best friend turns against her in a textbook case of victim blaming.In other words, Jodi Picoult uses didactic angst the way Chinese restaurants use MSG, and she s manipulative as hell about the way she tries to jerk the reader s emotions around.We like the bad boys, but only a little bad, and only after they re properly leashedThe other major thread in the book involves Trixie s parents, but really, it s about her father, Daniel I mentioned that as the book begins, Professor Stone is having an affair with a 20 year old grad student Picoult is all totally subversive and role reversing and shit because it s the young guy who becomes clingy and needy and whiny and begs the older woman not to leave him when she decides she d rather keep her family after all It becomes immediately apparent that basically Daniel Stone was once a bad boy whose domestication into stable wage earner, house husband and driver of mini vans is what caused his wife to decide she needed a little sexin from someone half her age to remember what it was like to be young and hot You know, like middle aged guys do when they re having mid life crises, and are promptly and rightfully condemned as being shallow, selfish jerkwads In fairness, Picoult doesn t exactly let Laura off the hook for this in fact, she actually punishes Laura to a degree that rivals Jane Austen at her most judgmental , but it still read an awful lot like Laura Stone is a bit of a stand in wish fulfillment figure for Picoult and her similarly aged female readers professionally successful, respected, relatively affluent, with a former Bad Boy as a tamed husband, and some action on the side from a young hottie.Getting back to Daniel okay, it s really hard for me to take a comic book artist seriously as a bad boy, but that s his story Picoult did a stint writing Wonder Woman, so she asserts her geek cred by littering the book with name dropping about Ultimate X Men and Image Comics and Stan Lee and so on Actually, his story is that he grew up the only white boy in a Yup ik village in Alaska Picoult also went to a Yup ik village in Alaska to do research for this book I ll give her credit for this at least she doesn t just rely on the Internet for her research And he got bullied and picked on and he never fit in so he got in lots of fights, and also they didn t have flush toilets and it was fucking Alaska, so woe, woe, his childhood was really hard and he left as soon as he turned eighteen.When Laura met him, he was this edgy caricature artist Yeah, seriously Try to say edgy caricature artist with a straight face He s a bad boy because he was smoking a cigarette when she met him And he flirted with her right in front of her boyfriend And then he invited her to meet him at a bar Swoon, ladies Then he knocks her up, she leaves him because she thinks he won t be a good father, so he goes and puts on a tie and gets a steady gig as a comic book artist to prove he can be a Good Provider, and fast forward to fifteen years later when Laura is kind of missing that Bad Boy who used to smoke and occasionally go to bars.All of this is backstory so that when Trixie is raped, we re supposed to see Daniel as a seething mass of conflicted manhood Naturally, like any father whose daughter has been raped, his first reaction is Hulk smash so we get to watch him struggle with what he knows he should do stay calm and be supportive of his daughter and not go acting like a crazy person But the whole thing is so overwrought, Picoult lets him get a little angry and a little rageful and go acting like a little bit of a crazy person, but just enough to reassure the reader that he s not 100% tame, only about 92%.Metaphor for DummiesLaura Stone knew exactly how to go to Hell.She could map out its geography on napkins at departmental cocktail parties she was able to recite all of the passageways and rivers and folds by heart she was on a first name basis with its sinners As one of the top Dante scholars in the country, she taught a course in this very subject and had done so every year since being tenured at Monroe College English 364 was also listed in the course handbook as Burn Baby Burn or What the Devil is the Inferno , and was one of the most popular courses on campus in the second trimester even though Dante s epic poem the Divine Comedy wasn t funny at all.Like her husband Daniel s artwork, which was neither comic nor a book, the Inferno covered every genre of pop culture romance, horror, mystery, crime And like all of the best stories, it had at its center an ordinary, everyday hero who simply didn t know how he d ever become one.The Tenth Circle is the literary conceit threaded through the entire book Everything is cast as a Dantean allegory After an introduction to Lucifer and his frozen lake in hell, the frozen winter imagery runs rampant Everything takes place in the winter time Daniel came from a village in Alaska that he thought was hellish before he escaped Trixie runs away to Alaska to escape from her own hell.I think Jodi Picoult knows how symbolism is supposed to work, but she uses it the way a middle school student discovering metaphors for the first time uses them in an English paper Laura Stone teaches Dante s Inferno in college, and Daniel Stone draws a comic book about a superhero who rescues his daughter from hell As everyone s sins and self doubts get unearthed, there are of course frequent references to the various circles of hell in which they belong, ending in a climax that brings Daniel, Laura, and Trixie to Alaska.It is effective, in its way, but it s effective in the way that snapping your fingers in front of someone s face is an effective way to get their attention.I wanted to be fair minded in my foray into women s fiction, and I was really hoping I d find hidden depths here, but no, The Tenth Circle is just utterly average and overwrought melodrama, suitable for exactly the use to which it was put, a cable TV movie of the week It s not even a bad book that I can properly pan Picoult s writing is okay and the story was structured well and had enough twists that it should have been interesting If it was in a genre I liked, I d probably rate it 3 or 3.5 stars and call it entertaining if unexceptional But literary it is not, the tinge of moral panic worked against its well intentioned introductory level feminism, and I resent any author who tries to lead the reader by the nose Jodi Picoult did not impress me as someone being unfairly denied Serious Author status because of her sex, but I ve certainly read worse, from both sexes.


  10. says:

    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 not finished anything I ve started by her I am always disappointed in the end though Her formula is to have a missing detail to the mystery that the main character knows, but we re waiting for her to tell us I m always expecting it to be something really unexpected that totally changes the story or the way I respond to it, but in the end, it is usually something predictable or typical.About this book in particular, I d probably rate it the worst of the three I ve read There s this whole comic book storyline of the father that I found annoying, as well as the so called 180 turnaround in his character that is talked about, but never really explained Too many loose ends, like Seth s involvement in the situation kind of a stretch It just didn t all jive for me And then the conclusion in Alaska loved the change of scenery, but seemed way too contrived to me If you re looking to start reading Picoult, start somewhere else.


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The Tenth Circlecharacters The Tenth Circle, audiobook The Tenth Circle, files book The Tenth Circle, today The Tenth Circle, The Tenth Circle 7d437 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 Herself Seems To Be A Lie Could The Boyfriend Who Once Made Trixie Wild With Happiness Have Been The One To End Her Childhood Forever She Says That He Is, And That Is All It Takes To Make Daniel, A Seemingly Mild Mannered Comic Book Artist With A Secret Tumultuous Past He Has Hidden Even From His Family, Venture To Hell And Back To Protect His Daughter With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult Offers Her Most Powerful Chronicle Yet As She Explores The Unbreakable Bond Between Parent And Child, And Questions Whether You Can Reinvent Yourself In The Course Of A Lifetime Or If Your Mistakes Are Carried Forever


About the Author: Jodi Picoult

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.Her new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, is available