Picture Perfect

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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...

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Overview

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?

Acclaimed storyteller Jodi Picoult presents a moving new novel about a perfect Hollywood couple--and a not-so-perfect marriage. Rich in detail and emotion, filled with human drama and unexpected truths, Picture Perfect is the fairy-tale romance of anthropologist Cassie Barrett and Hollywood leading man Alex Rivers. But who will believe that Cassie is an abused wife?

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Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe
Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.
The Washington Post
Picoult has become a master—almost a clairvoyant—at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them . . . It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This politically correct Hollywood romance leaves no plotting stone unturned. For her discovery of an ancient human relic, glamorous UCLA anthropologist Cassie Barrett is rocketed to the prominence of a '90s-style Margaret Mead. As if that's not enough, she goes to Kenya as technical consultant on a movie starring hunk-of-the-month Alex Rivers. After a whirlwind romance, Cassie becomes the new Mrs. Rivers, toast of filmdom's beautiful people. But all is not bliss for the newlyweds: Alex's tortured past just won't let go, and Cassie must bear the brunt of his emotional scars. Perhaps attempting to salvage the predictable plot, Picoult administers to Cassie's bland character a dose of adrenalin-pumping amnesia. She also throws in a dollop of Native American culture and a noble savage who skirts the periphery of Cassie's tumultuous existence, always ready with sage advice, spiritual healing techniques and warm embraces. Some rather prettily told Indian legends are added to the mix, but the total effect is wide of the mark. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection; film rights to Dove Audio; audio rights to Brilliance. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Anthropologist Cassie Barrett, suffering from amnesia, is rescued from a church cemetery by Native American cop Will Flying Horse, only to be reclaimed by her Academy AwardR-winning husband, Alex Rivers. A positive pregnancy test triggers memories of abuse at the hand of her star husband, and Cassie turns to Will, who secrets her away in Pine Ridge with relatives for the remainder of her pregnancy term. All of the characters in this recording come from dysfunctional families and offer sad tales of childhood contrasted with details of life among Hollywood's rich and famous. Unfortunately, the audiobook's reading by Sandra Burr and Bruce Reizen is disjointed. Not a necessary purchase, although large popular collections may consider.-Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., Ore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425185506
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/2/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 121,748
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is the author of sixteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Change of Heart and Nineteen Minutes. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 19, 1966
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nesconset, Long Island, NY
    1. Education:
      A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University
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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    A Must Read!

    The main idea of this book, is a woman who experiences the perfect fairy tale marriage which then turns for the worst. Troubles begin, and gets worse. The author's purpose for this book, is to grab the reader in and show situations that readers also deal with. I think this book is one hundred percent amazing. I think this is a book that everyone should read. It almost gives you a taste of the real life. Jodi Piccoult has always written "heart grabbers" and "tear jerkers" and this book has not failed to show her ability to do so. She details all her stories and shows exactly how it is. I love this book so much, because it keeps you wanting more. The more you read, the more things happen which keeps you turning the pages. The story is a about an anthropologist who suffers from amnesia. Throughout the books she uncovers who she was and how her life was before. She realizes she had lived through tons of hurt and uncovers even more pain. After uncovering her past, she escapes from the hurt and learns about the real world along the way.The most important things about this book are the characters. The people she uses in the book, are your every day, normal person. They're down to Earth, and someone you can almost relate to. They're not perfect, and that's what gives this book so much understanding. You get to see someone's life. You get to see the things that some people have to deal with, and most people hide. That's the reason for this book, and Jodi Piccoult does it very well. Looking at other books of hers, this is one of the best. It's different and exciting, and I believe by writing this book she reached a new goal. Her other books are always touching, and this one also in a new way. I think that this is a must read book. It's great for everyone, and I'm sure you'll love it. You get to see something you never may have before, or let it come close to home and make you realize it's close to your situation. Jodi Piccoult is an amazing author and this book shows her talent. Find time, and definitely read this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

    Not one of her best

    Normally I love Jodi Picoult's books and will buy anything written by her. This is one of her older books, and definitely not her best. Characters are one dimensional and the main female character is extremely weak. One small piece of the story about horses was laughably ridiculous--Jodi needs to do a little research or consult someone on subjects she is not familiar with. Would not reccommend this book unless you are desperate and have nothing else.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it!!!

    Jodie Picoult is one of the best writers of our time! She manages to take situations that the public would refuse to accept and makes us listen to everyone's perspectives. And at the end of each book, you can't put blame on anyone, because EVERYONE has something to do with it.
    This book, for me, is very touching. The main character reminds me of myself, I want to be an archeologist, and our personalities are also the same. Looking for people to save. So, due to that, I was able to connect with the character alot. I also like that you can't just jump to conclusions in the first few chapters, because Jodie Picoult makes sure that you are intruiged enough to keep on turning the pages.
    A five star book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Another Great Read By Jodi Picoult

    Like her other books Jodi Picoult has managed to captivate the reader in a thrilling plot which includes aspects of both a mystery and love story. Its a quick read, good for the beach, a rainy day, or just because.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Full of typos

    Just purchased this book on my Nook, & cannot get past all the horrible typos! Feel like I'm reading something that was proof read by my 2 year old. Very distracting..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Super Good Read!

    This book is amazing. The plot, the characters, the writing, everything was amazing. I could not put this book down for even a minute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Picture Perfect

    This was an enjoyable read. I thought the characters and the story line were very good. Something that most people could relate to on some level. When I started reading Jodi's first book, I almost gave up on her because the story was long and drawn out and hard to follow. This book was enjoyable and seemed to flow very well. I enjoyed it. Its a quick read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Not So Perfect

    Not Picoult's best. I like her later stuff a whole lot better. This book seemed to drag on, and it was never thrilling and often boring. All the characters were frustrating at times, but were relatable. This could have been edited better, and it seemed to have a lot of stuff that wasn't neccessary to the plot, and its 400 pages could have been cut down some. But like all of Jodi Picoult's novels, the language and writing was beautiful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

    An amazingly touching novel.

    A novel about a young woman suffering from amnesia and fleeting memories of domestic violence, PICTURE PERFECT by Jodi Picoult can touch the soul of everyone who reads it. The marriage of famous actor Alex Rivers and renowned anthropologist Cassie Barrett seemed to be as perfect as a fairy tale at first, especially for Cassie, who'd lived her whole life far from heavenly, but as all fairy tales, this marriage had its dark secrets.

    As Cassie struggles to remember her life with the help of Will, a half-Indian half-white police officer fighting away the memories of his past, she uncovers more pain than she would've ever imagined could come from seemingly perfect Alex Rivers.

    Staying with Cassie through her amnesia, her memories, and her fight to escape, the reader feels Cassie's pain, the silent argument with herself over whether to stay with her true love and die or to leave and live. Cassie's life is so real to the reader that PICTURE PERFECT is impossible to set down until you've finished.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Loved It

    I truly believe this book captures the emotions behind a woman who is experiencing domestic violence. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    A Jodi Picoult fan!

    This story was as good as all of her others. I have read every book she has out. Just wish there were more of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great read...

    ...til the end! I don't like to be left hanging.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Beth

    Im quitting chatting....it was nice to know you....bye :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Bree

    Yupp tell me how it goes but i gtgtb. Night!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Pretty good

    I love Piccoult' works, this is my 5th read, and although Picture Perfect started somewhat slow for me, it was riveting. It dives head first into the issue of domestic abuse and unconditional love. I bawled at the end of the book, really thinking about what i would do in a similar situation. I do not see the msin character as weak at all; instead, she gives a voice to women in abusive relationships who decide to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Awful

    One of the worst books ive read. Slow and boring with an absolutely pathetic women as the main character. Dont waste your time or money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Im 12

    Im 12 and i love jodi picoults books. I have read house rules and my sisters keeper, and i want to know if this is worth talking my mom into. Should i buy it?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Not worth the read

    Love this author but didnt like this one

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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