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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

If you've not read Jodi Picoult before, start here!

Wow! This is one book that left me feeling so deeply, it's almost hard to put into words. Its the first time I've read a book by Ms. Picoult. I read it for my book club, and it's not one I would have normaly selected to read on my own... and I would have missed out. So ...
Wow! This is one book that left me feeling so deeply, it's almost hard to put into words. Its the first time I've read a book by Ms. Picoult. I read it for my book club, and it's not one I would have normaly selected to read on my own... and I would have missed out. So many things stand out to me about this book. The presentation of the story from several of the character's perspective is nothing short of literary genius. It affords you the reader a fuller, broader, more well rounded story because it's all in the first person. The second thing that stands out for me was the amount of research that went into this story. Kudos to Ms. Picoult for a job exceptionally done. It added to the vibrant fabric of this well crafted story in such a natural way that it only enhanced the experience of reading it. And of course there was the story itself. I could talk about the story, the characters, the revelations. But honestly all I can think of is love. The love of a father for his daughter. The bond that such a love can create. It's about when your life is put on trial and under the microscope, what realizations, enlightenments do you come away with. If you haven't read a Ms. Picoult book start here. STATS: EBook pagers (Nook):359

posted by CeCeSG on July 8, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

please dont ruin it for others

with the person 2 reviews down from me giving everything away, why bother buying the book? please dont do that. youre doing a real disservice to the author and to those of us who would have liked to find out what happened ourselves. a review tells what you thought of...
with the person 2 reviews down from me giving everything away, why bother buying the book? please dont do that. youre doing a real disservice to the author and to those of us who would have liked to find out what happened ourselves. a review tells what you thought of it, it doesnt retell the story and ruin it for others. thanks.

posted by 5774980 on January 2, 2011

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Not the Greatest

    After reading the back cover of this book I was intrigued. It sounded like an adult version of Face on the Milk Carton which I loved. It turned out to be nothing like this. I felt that the plot line ended up being confusing and not very interesting. She wasted a lot of time writing about Indian folklore that had nothing to do with the plot. The main character was unlikable, stringing along two men throughout the entire book and her personality was unrealistic. The plot twist at the end also was very rushed and didn't seem to fit in with the novel at all. Overall not one of Picoult's best books. I would not suggest reading this book unless you wanted a frivolous non stimulating novel for the beach. Nineteen Minutes and My Sister's Keeper were MUCH better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Not my favorite Picoult...

    I didn't even bother finishing this one. I have loved every other Jodi Picoult book I've read, but this one. There was something about the main character (Delia) that got on my nerves. And everyone else in the book was so in love with her. I say skip this one and pick up another one of Picoult's awesome books instead.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Just an okay Jodi book-

    I really like Jodi Picoult as an author. This was not one of her better books. She has written better. This is the story of Delia who was raised by her father. Her father believed her mother was dead. Now Delia has a daughter and a fiancee'. We find out that her father took her away from her mother as a girl because her mother was an alcoholic. This book was too predictable and just okay. Jodi has written better stories. I would pick a different Jodi book to read. This was just okay not anything great!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Not her best......

    This book was hard to follow and the writing was repetitive. I didn't enjoy this as much as the Tenth Circle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Warning- don't judge Picoult on this title.

    Please, don't think all of Picoult's books are as bad as this one!!! Most of her books are great reads, and she is usually a very talented author. That said, I could not get into Vanishing Acts, and would not recommend it to anyone. Darn it, Jodi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Disappointing Read

    I enjoyed Picoult's earlier works, but am beginning to see a recurring theme - a guy is always obsessively in love with the female protagonist, and by the third time, I just didn't attach to it. Also, I found it sloppy that the mother's age is listed as 47 and Delia's as 32, which would make the mother 15 when the child was born, except that she was both married and working in a bar before that. I felt this book was much weaker than the earlier pieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Her earlier books are better

    I agree with previous raters that Picoult's earlier books are better. I was glad I finished this one because it got better toward the end but there is definitely a pattern that I'm seeing - there's always a court scene and a love triangle. I could predict how that was going to end the first time I met the three characters. For the first 200 pages I really disliked the characters and the storylines. I thought the whole storyline about Andrew in jail was just BORING and POINTLESS. I did like reading about Arizona though.

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