Thursday, February 24, 2011

Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Yet another excellent book by Jodi on human relationship. I read this quite immediately after this.

This time she brought us to the lives of Hollywood Mega Star, Alex River and his wife, Cassie Barrett, a renowned anthropologist. To the world, they seemed to have it all. Having met on set of a motion picture while in Tanzania, they fall in love under the African sky and had a fairy-tale wedding all within weeks of meeting.

But like the synopsis says, ‘when they return to California, something altered the picture of their perfect marriage. A frightening pattern took shape – a cycle of hurt, denial and promises, thinly veiled by glamour. Torn between fear and something that resembled love, Cassie wrestled with questions she never dreamed she would face: How could she leave? Then again, how could she stay?'

Picture Perfect starts with Cassie waking up in a graveyard with amnesia, not knowing who she is. From there it moved on to her discovering that she was married to Hollywood superstar and subsequently brought us back to when and how they met and how she ended up with amnesia. The book also introduce Will Flying Horse, native American who just moved to LA to be a cop and he ‘ran into’ Cassie in her amnesia state and very quickly became part of her life. Jodi also shared some of native American’s tale which she tried to relate to the story.

For a good part of the book, readers would not know why Cassie ended up with amnesia (and it’s an important fact) and when the knowledge was made known, you would feel for Cassie and understand the actions she took and the final steps that she decided on towards the end of the book. The ending actually made me cry for as much as I hate Alex, I can feel that he really love her and he’s hurting as much as she is and he that understand why Cassie has to do what she did. There’s no other way.

I borrowed this book from the local library and enjoyed it tremendously.

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