The Tenth Circle: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | December 24, 2013

byJodi Picoult

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From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, a powerful novel that 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.


Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also a straight-A high school student, pretty and popular, and the light of her father’s life. . . . Comic book artist Daniel Stone would do anything to protect his daughter. But when a single act of violence shatters her innocence, seemingly mild-mannered Daniel’s convictions are put to the test—while his own shockingly tumultuous past, hidden even from his family, comes to light. Now, everything Trixie’s ever believed about her hero, her father, seems to be a lie as Daniel ventures to hell and back, seeking revenge. Will the price be the bond they share?

Revealing an “exceptional, unflinching, and utterly chilling” (The Washington Post) portrait of today’s youth culture, Jodi Picoult pulls readers inside a shattered family facing the toughest questions of morality and forgiveness.

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From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, a powerful novel that 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.ONE OF #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JODI PICOULT’S MOST POWERFUL NOVELS, THE TENTH...

Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, r...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1.2 inPublished:December 24, 2013Publisher:Pocket BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE This was my first read by Jodi Picoult and I love the writing style! Getting to know each character and what they are going through made this book very interesting for me. I loved the storyline it had me staying up later to keep reading!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! It was a good book, I enjoyed it. I do admit that sometimes I was reading a few pages very fast, I felt i was dragging at times. The plot is a very good one and keeps you intrigued to know what will happen at the end, but I find the book could have been less lengthy.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Tenth Circle It was okay. Not one of my favorite books by this author, but still an okay read. Towards the end, I found that I struggled to stay interested.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The tenth circle Great read - sorry it ended but it did very well. Looking forward to more of Picoult's work - she writes on such a variety of subjects.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broken This being a 5/5, it’s definitely made the favourites of Picoult’s work to me. In fact, it’s my third favourite. I told myself I don’t think I can review this book but I love it so much that I should’ve probably knew I would share my thoughts on it, without spoilers. I also only write reviews when I have something to say. For this, all I will say is the story: It begins with Trixie being raped by Jason Underhill, her ex-boyfriend. The theme of rape was a topic I knew about before going into this story. There’s self harm which leads to the rape case being turned around. But who is self harming themselves? I won’t say as it leads to that event in the middle of the story, which then takes another spin on things. Of all of Picoult’s books that I have read, I felt as though this contained a big plot with twists and turns that made me cringe and wonder right up until the very end to see how this mess was going to end. But even past the ending, I have a feeling of what could happen next and what holds in the future of the characters. This story will come around in full circle, and just when I finished, the end of that complete circle broke me.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Branislava I love Jodi Picoult's books.One of my favorite authors.It is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner The cover of this novel caught my eye in the book store so I bought it. Have read many of Jodi Picoult and she didn't disappoint me. The Tenth Circle is about how far a father will go to protect his teenage daughter. Trixie has the support of her parents and her best friend to help her deal with the horrible incident there are too many secrets. I did enjoy this book and will read more of this authors work.
Date published: 2014-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the included graphic novel One of JP's best offerings. Solid storytelling, excellent characters, excellent twist. My favorite part of the book was the way that the grahic novels tied into the storyline. It enhances the reading experience.
Date published: 2011-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read "You signed no contract to become a parent, but the responsibilities were written in invisible ink. There was a point when you had to support your child, even if no one else would. It was your job to rebuild the bridge, even if your child was the one who burned it in the first place." Plot: Trixie Stone is a vibrant 14 year old who is the apple of her fathers eye. She is smart, popular and also in love for the first time. Trixie has her whole life ahead of her but all this changes after an act of violence. It doesn't take long for Trixie to lose herself or who she thought she was. Her family is left picking up the pieces until they find out the deep, dark secrets that they have both been hiding from each other. My Thoughts: Going into this book I already heard some mixed thoughts about it, but I'm really glad I picked up this book and gave it a chance because I loved it. This book starts off a little slow but once it picks up, Boy! Does it take you on a wild ride. Jodi Picoult is known for her "strong subject" writing and this book isn't any different. We read from each characters point of view, we get to learn about their painfuls pasts and uncertain futures. You really grow to care for these characters and root for them. Of course this book didn't fall short with the twist and turns that picoult is known for. It wasn't until the last view pages that I was able to try and piece together my own conclusion before it was revealed. I thought I had it figured out earlier in the book, but once I thought I did it would spiral in a new direction. I loved the "Comic Book" element, it added a huge ingredient to book. Jodi Picoult delievers another masterpiece with The Tenth Circle. This is a must read.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad Wasn't the greatest novel, however it was a nice read.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad Wasn't the greatest novel, however it was a nice read.
Date published: 2010-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another entertaining read Since she was born Trixie and her father Daniel have been nearly inseparable, but now at 14 Trixie has begun to shut her father out. With a new boyfriend in her life, she begins to rapidly spiral downward. The Tenth Circle explores the bonds between parents and their children and attempts to determine how far they should go to protect one another. Drawing upon Dante’s circles of hell, Picoult examines the depths of human desperation and delivers another entertaining tale whose only fault is trying to fit in too many events. In all it is a great summer read as it does not require excessive amounts of complicated thinking and analysis.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't keep my interest I found the characters were hard to identify with. I also found the storyline to be very slow. I was disappointed with this story, definately not one of Jodi Picoult's best books.
Date published: 2009-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good book I really liked this book - not as much as My Sisters Keeper or Plain Truth - but this held your attention as well. As I was reading I thought there was too much detail - until I finished it and then it all came together. Very well written.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible and Disturbing! I absolutely hated this book! It was so dumb! All of her books are weird but this one.....
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Picoult does it again! Trixie Stone thought she had it all until her boyfriend dumped her. In an effort to do anything to get him back, she lies to her dad to go to a party where Jason will be attending. But at the party, Trixie is raped. The book looks at the relationship between Trixie and her parents, as well as their relationship, and exposes all of them as liars. They lie to each other and lie to themselves. I felt the most sympathetic towards Daniel, Trixie's father. He did everything he possibly could for his daughter and in the one moment where he gets distracted by his wife's affair, Trixie gets hurt. I wasn't sure how to feel about Trixie because it was unclear as to whether or not she lied about her rape. But that being said, after being told by so many people that she was a liar, she showed tremendous courage by keeping her ground. I didn't much like Laura. I felt she was much too self-centred. Although the whole parallel with Dante was very interesting. That also parallels the graphic novel that Daniel has written. However I felt like the graphic novel would have had more impact if it was a bit more detailed. The illustrations were quite amazing, even though I thought I was looking at Wolverine from X-Men on the first page. As usual, Picoult's books are hard to put down and the characters are very involved. A good read!
Date published: 2007-09-29

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"Picoult spins fast-paced tales of family dysfunction, betrayal, and redemption....[Her] depiction of these rites of contemporary adolescence is exceptional: unÞinching, unjudgmental, utterly chilling."

-- The Washington Post