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Perfect Match: A Novel
by Jodi Picoult

Published: 2003-02-04
Paperback : 368 pages
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Picoult brings to life a female prosecutor whose cherished family is shattered when she learns that her five-year-old son has been sexually abused.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?


In the course of her everyday work, ...
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Introduction

Picoult brings to life a female prosecutor whose cherished family is shattered when she learns that her five-year-old son has been sexually abused.

What does it mean to be a good mother?
How far would you go in the name of love -- and justice?


In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well. In a heartbeat, Nina's absolute truths and convictions are turned upside down, and she hurtles toward a plan to exact her own justice for her son -- no matter the consequence, whatever the sacrifice.

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Nina thinks that "what is immoral is not always wrong." (p. 249) Do you think Nina is still a good person based on her transgressions (murder, adultery)? Do you think sleeping with Patrick was less wrong relative to murder? How does she justify her action
Nina tells herself that she had to act before the system (of which she was a part) failed her son. But when she suspects her husband, she immediately uses the "system" for a restraining order. Does it meet its function to protect her? Why might she have u
How do you feel about Caleb's crime? Is he any less culpable than Nina because his victim was not innocent? Was he any more sure of Father Gwenn's guilt than Nina was of Father Glen's?
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  "This was a dark read!"by mytime (see profile) 02/22/12

I liked the twist and turns of the book, but the storyline was very dark. Some of it was hard to read.

 
  "Perfect Match"by vtreader (see profile) 12/12/11

The subject matter makes this a difficult read at times. But like all of Jodi Picoult's books, it keeps you engaged until the end wondering what will happen.

 
  "It really made me think"by hmbmohn (see profile) 06/02/11

I listened to this book on tape. I would listen to it in my car on the way to work in the mornings. I had to stop because it was disrupting my day. I was working in a Catholic School at the time and... (read more)

 
  "Perfect Match - Jodi Picoult"by angi89 (see profile) 04/27/11

As the mother of three sons, I found it difficult to not put myself in Nina's shoes. I enjoyed the way the book was so thought provoking. It truly made me wonder, what would I do?

 
  "A Perfect Match"by Ladylit (see profile) 07/06/09

 
  "5 yr old molested and the twisted journey that takes place"by lovebooks (see profile) 01/25/08

Jodi Picoult is a wonderful storyteller. She takes current events and weaves them into a story that has many unexpected patterns. In Perfect Match our group had so much to discuss. Rape of a 5 year... (read more)

 
  "Overall, our group didn't enjoy this book."by yenner (see profile) 08/25/07

The author's style of writing we didn't like, as it was kind of tedious to read. A few of us have read some of her other works and felt those books as well were sluggish to get through.

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