Title: Salem Falls
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 448 (Hardcover), 527 (Paperback), 405 (Ebook)
Release Date: April 3, 2001
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a compelling and disturbing novel about a prep school teacher accused of rape by a group of young girls, the woman who stands by him, and the repercussions of the case in a small, New England town where the past is only a heartbeat away.
Love can redeem a man…but secrets and lies can condemn him.
A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls’ prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student’s crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets—and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.
This is so far my least favorite book by Jodi Picoult. It did pull on my heart strings and I feel for the characters but this book took a twist I didn’t like. The teenagers in this book were annoying and I actually hated the ending.
The Feels : Even though I didn’t like, Jodi Picoult (like always) knows how to pull on the heart strings.
Relationship : Addie and Jack’s relationship is so sweet. At some parts, I was annoyed with it but overall it was great.
Jack : He seemed to so… Naive. It was very annoying.
Girls : The group of teenage girls (like Jake) were annoying.
Connections : I couldn’t connect to any characters in this book. Everyone seemed to be on an extreme