If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you know that I love Jodi Picoult. She covers so many important issues in last than 400 pages, its amazing. This book was lent to me by a mentor and it’s been so long since I’ve something by her (I think the last one was The Pact).
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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.
The review of this book will include discussion of rape, sexual assault, bullying, and suicide
Aside from the things that I mentioned above, this book also talks about peer pressure, adultery, being an outsider and so many important things.
Anyway, let’s get into the story here shall we? First of all, THERE IS A COMIC BOOK WITHIN THE BOOK. I don’t read comic books but omg it was so good and every section of the comic book was related to what was going on in the chapter before it. It was pretty cool. She also hid a message inside the comic like when Daniel left a message for Laura in his drawing!
One thing that I didn’t really like was the fact that Trixie and Jason had only been dating for three months and she thought that she was in love. I get that this happens to young girls (and boys, but girls especially) because we are taught that falling in love is one of the greatest things that will ever happen to us, and that’s such bullshit. I believe in love but not at 14. Is it possible that you could marry your first and only boyfriend/girlfriend, yes. Is it possible that the first significant other that you have is “the one, ” yes. BUT how often does that happen really? We are so used to being told that out “prince” will come and sweep us away into “Happily Ever After” and I hate it because that is not always true. And a relationship that lasted 3 months? That’s such a small amount of time. Nothing compared to a lifetime.
Anyway another thing that bothered me (but is a very real issue among young people) is that Trixie is a cutter. She cuts herself believing that the pain she inflicts on herself by slicing her arm helps to relieve the pain of everything happening around her. It’s sad and so incredibly dangerous. Trixie even tries to commit suicide after Moss leaks a half naked photo of her. She was already being bullied for being a victim and then this happens and it drives her over the edge. She’s 14 and someone else’s bad decision is making her believe that she no longer has a reason to live.
Even though I dislike how some of these topics are portrayed, I also love it because it’s so important to realize that things like this happen all the time. The world that we live in is never rainbows and butterflies all the time (it never has been and might not ever be).
I did not like Zephyr. She’s a shitty friend and if she hadn’t pressured Trixie into drinking, it’s possible that a lot of the events above would not have happened. She also didn’t believe Trixie when she said that it was rape. Which is terrible for the victim when their best friend isn’t even on their side. Reading some of the things that she said were really difficult and honestly I’m surprised that Trixie forgave her.
I like Daniel. His character was very well written and the storyline with his past was interesting. I also like the whole theme of being an outsider and not feeling like you belong. It indirectly related to what Trixie was dealing with and then the whole bond between a parent and a child was very well done.
I know it sounds like I’m bashing this book but I’m not. I loved it because Jodi Picoult is not afraid to address the issues that no one wants to talk about in real life.
This book is a 5 out of 5.
I believe that this movie was released on Lifetime. Usually I expect movies like this to be terribly done, but it was actually pretty good. Of course some of it had to be changed for the sake of a TV movie but it still surprisingly kept a lot of the details the same and included the really small things that made a big impact in the book.
One thing that I didn’t like was that the actress who played Laura was a little bit overdramatic, but overall it wasn’t that bad. I won’t ruin the movie since I didn’t do a spoiler free review of the book but I would probably give the movie a 4 out of 5!
Next I will read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This will probably also be a combined Book + Movie Review 🙂