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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful: 3.0 out of 5 stars Too similar to all the others, May 29, 2002 I have to preface this by saying that anyone who has not read many of Picoult's works might love this book. But having read almost all of her books the minute they were released, I was sorely disappointed by this one.

The writing, as always, is eloquent, gripping and excellent. However, this book follows the same sequence she has used in her past few books. And it has become too formulary for me. It is almost as if her editors are pressuring her to get the books out so she follows a similar style for all of them. And although each story is different, they read the same after a while. A plot develops at the beginning with a life changing event, there is a court case, and then a surprise at the end.

This particular book lost its appeal to me as soon as a Priest was drawn in to the mix. Having been prevalent in the news of late -- reading about church scandals is hardly something I wanted to do for pleasure. Perhaps that was a part of the problem. The subject is worn down.

That said, Picoult is amazingly talented, there is no doubt about it. And I will read all of her books that follow because I have faith that she will work originality back into her writing. The character development is fantastic, as is the dialogue and writing, but its the story lines that all develop similarly regardless of how different they initially seem.

Plain Truth, Keeping Faith, Harvesting the Heart and The Pact are four of my all time favorite books. And I cannot wait to add another of hers to that list.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful: 1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, January 11, 2009 This review is from: Perfect Match (Paperback) This is the fourth book I've read by Jodi Picoult and it may be my last. The first was My Sister's Keeper which I adored and I became a fan. Jodi Picoult is a very talented writer and I was intrigued by the premise of Perfect Match.

The story began with so much promise that this would be another emotional rollercoaster full of twists and turns. However, I got an early impression that the author's sympathies were heavily with the main character Nina and that everything would come out well for her in the end. But then I thought surely not; Jodi is going to pull out one of her surprises at the end.

I found Nina to be self-serving and unsympathetic. Like others, I found Patrick to be pathetic and creepy and thought it unrealistic that Caleb would allow him to be so much "a part of the family." And Jodi should have stayed away from trying to communicate Nathaniel's viewpoint... she clearly can't express the thoughts of a 5-year old.

And then came the ending that I was anticipating, the totally la-la land happy ending that has nothing to do with what would happen in the real world. **SPOILER ALERT** You cannot make me believe that there is a judge... anywhere...that would acquit on this flaky "mommy" defense even if the guy she killed was guilty of molesting her son.... and this guy was innocent! I was appalled. And then to top it off, Nina finds Caleb's bag with the antifreeze in it which proved he was the one to kill the real molester. Was anyone really THAT surprised (or cared, for that matter)? How convenient, how "sweet" and "justified" that both parents were willing to kill to protect their son. What an awful message this sends.

Time will tell if I pick up another of her books, but I doubt that I will.

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars great page turner, April 30, 2002 I couldn't put this one down. It is one of Jodi Picoults's best books yet.

It concerns sexual abuse of a 5 year old boy. The mother, Nina, is a prosecuter by profession and is trying to put away these child molesters all the time. She knows how difficult this can be. When her husband and her find out her son is a victim you find out how this can tear a family apart.

The book goes into how each parent, Nina the mother and Caleb the father cope. Plus, you go into the mind of Nicholas, the young boy, and how he is dealing with his world during this time.

This is a very taut and suspensful story with a lot of twists and turns. I found myself admiring and loathing Nina all at the same time yet feeling nothing but deep concern for Caleb and Nicholas.

This is a very good book with a great ending!!!!!

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