Picture Perfect

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0425185508 Global Overview for this book
Registered by xallroyx of Huntington Beach, California USA on 2/10/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by xallroyx from Huntington Beach, California USA on Friday, February 10, 2006
As in her last novel, Harvesting the Heart (1993), Picoult explores the dynamics and repercussions of intimate relationships, but she has made a bid for a wider audience with glamorous characters and a plot that, in less capable hands, would yield nothing more than a commercial romance. Alex Rivers is a handsome, sexy, and tormented movie star still fighting the fights of his miserable bayou childhood. He falls in love with a most unlikely mate, an anthropologist named Cassie Barrett, while on location in Tanzania. Alex sweeps modest Cassie off her sneaker-clad feet and they marry, but Mr. Sex Symbol turns out to be a wife beater. Cassie endures his rage and violence even after one particularly brutal beating causes her to miscarry, but when Alex goes after her during her second pregnancy, she runs away. There is, however, one complication--a blow to the head has brought on amnesia, and Cassie doesn't know who she is. Picoult manages to use this melodramatic flourish to fine effect as she ushers in the novel's hero, Will Flying Horse, a Sioux who rescues Cassie by bringing her to the South Dakota reservation he so eagerly escaped. Beneath the glitzy trappings, this is a riveting, unfailingly intelligent, and undeniably literary psychological drama.

Journal Entry 2 by xallroyx from Huntington Beach, California USA on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This was a little different than the other books by Picoult I have read. There was no trial! She still tackles a controversial subject-domestic violence. The characters are glamorous, but the way they are portrayed shows how they are like regular people. It took me awhile to get into it, but the final act kept me going.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 16, 2007
I received this yesterday from xallroyx, my fabulous birthday partner!! She spoiled me rotten and gave me a whole bunch of great goodies. This was one of the books that I received from her - a wishlist book!!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Thursday, November 13, 2008
Cassie wakes up in a graveyard and she can't remember her name or anything about herself. A man named Will helps her out, telling her that he is about to start on the LAPD after having moved to California from an Indian reserve in South Dakota. He doesn't seem to quite fit in anywhere, being half Indian, half white, but he enjoys Cassie's company; until she finds out who she is.

Cassie is an anthropologist and wife of the most famous actor in Hollywood, Alex Rivers. Slowly she starts to piece together what life was like before she forgot everything, and it's not picture perfect. What results, is a story of domestic abuse and fitting in.

As always, Picoult writes these novels perfectly. The characters are so dynamic and raw. The storyline is dramatic. I kept waiting for the Picoult twist, trying to figure out all the ways that the book could end. Picoult doesn't disappoint, however this isn't her best book. I grew to dispise Alex and despite the explanations, I don't understand how anyone could stay with someone who physically abuses them. There was one loose end though, and that is how Cassie ended up in a graveyard with no memory. Did I miss this in the book? It seems too big of a loose end for Picoult to miss. Overall a great book!

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This book is with me now

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, December 15, 2008
Cassie is found with no memory in a graveyard by Will, a half breed. As she slowly recovers her memory Cassie discovers she is a physical anthropologist and married to Alex Rivers, the movie star every female is in love with. Her life is not picture perfect, Cassie and Alex love each other but Alex is filled with rage and frequently it is directed towards her.

Their life from initial meeting to present day is told. Cassie has been suffering abuse a long time. Will she have the strength to leave a man she loves?

Picoult focuses on the abuse and tells it from the point of view of the abused woman. A woman who loves a man who hurts her, who believes it is her own fault and knows if she leaves it could be the death of her as well as if she stays. This book made me understand a little why the abused often stay.

Where I felt the book was missing was in the establishment of the story. What intelligent cop would have put her back into the abuse without more investigation into the cause of the amnesia. Also when she was checked out why was she not told she was pregnant. The book was written and the story was made to fit. This causes holes which disturb the reader.

Definitely not one of my fav Picoult books

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Mailed today to Camis from.... some swap!

Journal Entry 8 by camis from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, January 19, 2009
Received safely - thank you!

Journal Entry 9 by camis at Tharston, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, December 23, 2013
Finally got round to reading this! Having read and loved other Picoult Books, this one left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. I didn't particularly care for any of the characters and the only part of the story that really grabbed me was when they returned to the Indian Reservation. There were parts of the story that didn't seem to fit and some gaps as well, things that just didn't seem to make sense.

Not one of her best.

Journal Entry 10 by camis at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, February 15, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (2/15/2016 UTC) at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom


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