Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

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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.

My Thoughts:

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.

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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

 

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