Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Jul 2, 2013

Book Review: Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Book summary:
To the outside world, they seem to have it all. Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist, and Alex Rivers, one of Hollywood's hottest actors, met on the set of a motion picture in Africa. They shared childhood tales, toasted the future, and declared their love in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they return to California, something alters the picture of their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern is taking shape—a cycle of hurt, denial, and promises, thinly veiled by glamour. Torn between fear and something that resembles love, Cassie wrestles with questions she never dreamed she would face: How can she leave? Then again, how can she stay?

My thoughts:
This book has been on my shelf for a few years. I love Jodi Picoult, but the summary for this book just didn't catch my eye enough to where I wanted to read it. I finally decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did. Jodi Picoult never disappoints!

The story in this book is all too familiar for many people on a day to day basis. Cassie lives in fear of her once amazing husband's vicious cycle of abuse. She at first doesn't realize what she's suffered at the hands of her husband, because of the memory loss she experienced after one of his outbursts. Slowly memories start returning and she then remembers what she has been through.

The rest of the book tells the story of Cassie, after she remembers, and the decision she makes to change the rest of her life. It turns into a very beautiful story, but there are still some bumps along the way. Jodi Picoult has such a way with writing, that keeps you wanting to read more and more. I love the research she does prior to writing. That makes her books so realistic. Sometimes you can't judge a book from the summary, you gotta just dive in and see for yourself.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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