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The Tenth Circle : A Novel,
This review is from: The Tenth Circle (Hardcover)
Sadly, this is my first Picoult book. Based on other reviewer's some of her other books may be good but I am now dubious. I have not finished it because the characters are pitiful, shallow and unrealistic. And now that I have read other reviews I don't have hopes that the characters become enlightened later in the story. In fact, many of the reviews say the beginning is good and gets worse toward the end, so I must stop now. The dad supposedly loved his 14 year old daughter so much and yet was too distracted with his own childhood angst and current denial to realize his daughter was in trouble. When a 14 year old girl fall seriously in love with an older boy, there is a lack of love in her home.
It is not believable that a 14 year old girl would want her father in the pelvic examination room with her. There is no insight from the girl as to suggest the reasons she needs to look for love at 14. Reading about a mom's frivolous affair with a young student and a dad turning the blind-eye to the mother's behavior with no resolution is not how I want to spend my reading time. Those parents need a good shake and look at what their self-indulgence and self-denial is doing to their kid.
I am not saying that this type of idiocy in married, child-rearing relationships does not happen. I just don't need to read about it in this unenlightened, surface-only, unresolving presentation.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2008 8:13:18 AM PDT
I, too, found the pelvic exam scene very, very odd. I can't imagine any 14 year old girl asking that her father be allowed in the room during that time.
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