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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 resembles love, Cassie wrestles with questions she never dreamed she would face: How can she leave? Then again, how can she stay?

©1995 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Disappointed ending

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I like the book and would recommend it to someone (and in fact did).

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I did not feel like the stories between the 3 main characters fully developed.

Was Picture Perfect worth the listening time?

I was so disappointed by the ending. The other books by her that I have read have had suspenseful and eventful endings. But this one just ended. Because of this, I do not think it was worth the listen.

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Not my favorite

I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult for quite some time. This book, though, I have to say was not a favorite. I think the narrators did a great job, but the story was kind of choppy. Usually her characters are so well developed, but they are lacking in this book. It's okay, but not fulfilling.

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  • Elle
  • Texas usa
  • 09-20-16

Story was everywhere.

Had a hard time keeping up the with stories going back and forth. I would have like to have more of Cassie and Will romance. No I wouldn't recommend thus book.

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So so so boring

I had heard that this was a great author and so I read her recent book" small great things" and it was really good so I tried to read a few more. I hated the depressing book about elephants so I thought I would try one more and I could not even make it a quarter way through this book because it was so incredibly dull. Zzzzzzzzzzz

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meh

Picoult is my favourite author, but this book was so boring. I kept waiting for the "omg" twists that Jodi throws in to her stories, but it never happened with this one. The character was unrelateable.

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I LOVE Jody Picoult'S books, however...

this is the only book by this author that I simply did not like. Not because of the subject matter. She always writes something provocative. This just didn't feel very well written or quite honestly well. It hurts me to say this, because she is one of my absolutely favorite writers. That said, the subject matter is personal, heartbreaking and important to discuss.

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An insightful look into reality

Outstanding performers in a story that was never slow or boring but instead one that entices the listener into a world that is seldom understood except by those who have experienced it firsthand. I am thankful I have not.

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Picture Perfect

Was pretty good overall, but pretty disappointed in th e ending. Was expecting more and it just left you hanging.

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  • Karen
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 06-23-17

Looking for a Jodi Picoult novel? Skip this one!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone not looking for well-crafted characters and a can't stop reading story typical of this author.

Has Picture Perfect turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I've enjoyed all of Jodi Picoult's books, except this one.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was just OK.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The characters, in particular, were very disappointing. Cassie and Alex, specifically, were awful. Their relationship was silly and unbelievable.

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Not what I expected- in a good sense

I have read a few of Jodi Picoult's novels before, but this story kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked that it went back and forth a few times between the male and female narrators.

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