Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Book - 1995
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A woman wakes to find herself lying on top of a grave. She is hurt and bleeding, and her memory has been wiped clean - not only does she not know what she is doing there, but she does not even know who she is. She is taken under the wing of William Flying Horse, LAPD and is taken by surprise when she is finally identified by Alex Rivers, Hollywood movie star, her husband. Her name is Cassie Barrett, and she is a renowned archaeologist. Cassie is dazzled and bewildered by the life in which she suddenly finds herself - the fairytale Bel-Air mansion, all manner of fame and fortune, a successful career, the attentions of a handsome and doting husband. But everything is not quite right. It is only as her memory gradually returns that her picture perfect life comes crumbling down, and she is faced with a choice.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1995.
ISBN: 9781760112691
9781741757972
9780425185506
0425185508
9781741142457
1741142458
9780399140402
0399140409
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,24 cm.

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pktab
Apr 21, 2017

I have been a Jodi Picoult fan for many, many years and have continued for the most part to enjoy and love her books. They provide insight to so many different concepts of life. This book was no exception. Although the storyline was heartbreaking, it was also filled with uplifting thoughts and many people providing care and concern for Cassie. I wasn't sure what to expect with this story as many of the comments made by others were less than positive. I loved it!!

blue_owl_490 Sep 23, 2015

this book was so heartbreaking but it showed me what it felt to be actually strong

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Happynat70
Sep 25, 2013

Good and easy read, although the subject of domestic violence is unfortunately a reality for many women from all walks of life.

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Lanny213
Jun 19, 2013

I like stories of personal growth because I cheer for the characters in the books plus I learn things to apply in my real life. This book is a great example of that.

booklady413 Mar 23, 2013

I was asked to read this for a book club, so I really don';t know if I would have picked it up on my own. However, it was actually very good. It's not my favorite Jodi Picoult, but it was interesting. I actually think that the Native American subplot added to the story since it was directly opposite of the grandiose lifestyle of the Hollywood plot.

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kstiles
Sep 07, 2011

There's nothing too special about this book. It seems like it's been done before and done better.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

took me a while to get into it, but it was alright. not my favorite, but not too bad either. entertaining enough.

nadian Dec 27, 2010

Although it appears, at first, to be a rather soap opera-themed novel, Picture Perfect eventually fades into a complicated and intriguing story about love and allegiance. With interesting side notes concerning anthropology and the stark contrast in different American cultures, Picture Perfect presents a multi-dimensional look at domestic abuse.

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Keithsgirl2215
Jul 06, 2010

It really made me understand domestic abuse better. I never really understood why the women just didn't leave but this book really made it clear how hard the descision is.

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Danicolt
Sep 14, 2009

They may have it all but deep down, its not enough.

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nadian Jan 03, 2011

Violence: Frequent but brief descriptions of domestic abuse and other street fights.

nadian Jan 03, 2011

Sexual Content: Several mildly graphic descriptions of sexual encounters.

nadian Jan 03, 2011

Coarse Language: Adult language used occasionally throughout.

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nadian Jan 03, 2011

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Lauren Jul 21, 2008

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Lauren Jul 21, 2008

To the outside world, they seemed 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 Tanzania. They shared childhood secrets, toasted the future, and declared their love for each other in a fairy-tale wedding. But when they returned to California, a new side to Alex Rivers began to emerge. 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?

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