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For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty-- they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into somethiFor eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty-- they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet-- a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described....

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The Pact Reviews

  • Jackie
    2019-02-01 22:07

    I am probably the only person in the world who HATED this book with such a white hot hate that you almost wonder if it was just the opposite. I'm reviewing it for the sake of Lorelle since it is the book that drew me into the lovely book club that I survived (or survived me) for several fun years.To sum up, I wanted to tell the main character's girlfriend (I've forgotten all of their names, mercifully), to "get over yourself!!" I'm not giving anything away when I reveal that the "pact" of the title involves her asking her boyfriend to help her commit suicide. Of course, a dramatic trial ensues. What moron couldn't have predicted that--which is another reason why I loathe this person for placing her boyfriend in unnecessary legal trouble of the Shawshank Redemption kind. It almost frightens me to realize how little sympathy I have for someone who (it is later revealed) has a somewhat plausible explanation for her dark thoughts. Yet, isn't this what therapy is for? Clearly, neither she, nor her doting parents or their enmeshed best friends' parents had an ounce of sense to recommend assistance that was not only available, but calling out from the core of their middle class existence!Obviously this passion has more to do with me than with Piccoult. However, I was asked to read one other book of hers (If you must know, It was My Sister's Keeper, and it also enraged me. But somewhat to a lesser degree because I knew what I was in for, at that point, so I accepted some of the responsibility. I will say this, come ON!! Could the ending have been MORE implausible and precious (in a bad way)?!! However, I won't give any of it away.)

  • Stacey
    2019-01-26 21:04

    I liked this better than My Sister's Keeper as a whole, although I have some of the same complaints about it. This author is a master of making you believe in a story that makes exactly no sense and making you care about characters who behave like exceptional idiots*. If I thought about any of it for very long, it was all mind-numbingly stupid. But I have to admit that the story is engrossing and satisfying in the end. PS--this is not a book for the bashful; there's a lot of sex in it, of the awkward teenage variety and also of the middle-aged parents variety. Also of the getting-molested-in-a- McDonalds-bathroom variety (hey, we've all been there). Perhaps this only stuck out to me because I was listening to the audiobook and the guy narrating it sounded like a gay Casey Kasem (redundant?), and this is not the type of person that you want to hear narrating a sex scene every 5 minutes and saying things like "Oh, yes, give it to me." You also have to wonder what's up with all the sex in a book about suicide. Call me a Puritan, but ew. So why am I giving this 4 stars? That's why Jodi Picoult is a gazillionaire and I am not. She has magical powers, like a Jedi.PPS to English teachers--carefully note the blatant thievery of the foreshadowing scene in Of Mice and Men where Candy can't kill his dog. Steinbeck is rolling over in his grave.*Edit from my original review, which said "behave like retards," and a couple of commenters took offense, perhaps rightfully so. I'm an English teacher and ought to know to be more careful with my word choices.

  • Britta
    2019-02-13 19:09

    "He kissed her so gently she wondered if she had imagined it.""To say there had been a loss was ludicrous; one lost a shoe or a set of keys. You did not suffer the death of a child and say there was a loss. There was a catastrophe. A devestation. A hell.""[He] closed his eyes. How could he convey to someone who'd never even met her the way she always smelled liek rain, or how his stomach knotted up every time he saw he shake loose her hair from its braid? How could he describe how it felt when she finished his sentences, turned the mug they were sharing so that her mouth landed where his had been? How did he explain the way they could be in a locker room, or underwater, or in the piney woods..., but as long as [she] was with him, he was at home?""He tried to pretend that he did not feel the weight of her grief, lying between them like a fitfull child, so solid that he could not reach past it to touch her.""She closed her eyes while he touched her with all the care in the world, and she started to heal.""Being a mother gives you a singular sort of vision, a prism through which you can see your child with many different faces all at once. It is the reason you can watch him shatter a ceramic lamp, and still remember him as an angel. Or hold him as he cries, but imagine his smile. Or watch him walk toward you, the size of a man, and see the dimpled skin of an infant.""When you love someone you let them take care of you.""When you loved someone, you put their needs before your own.""Do you know... what it's like to love someone so much, that you can't see yourself without picturing [them]? Or what it's like to touch someone, and feel like you've come home?""...and he suddenly knew that if she killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding rush of pain, but it would happen. You couldn't live for very long without a heart."

  • Marcia
    2019-02-10 00:30

    Why do so many people seem to love/adore Jodi Picoult novels? I gave her a try with My Sister's Keeperand admittedly, I didn't hate it, although I did take issue with the plot. However, The Pact has now completely and successfully put me off all/any Picoult novels.There are so many reasons why I hated this book; I find it hard to pick one major thing that irritated me. The things I do hate about it are...integral parts of the story.WARNING. SPOILERS AHEAD. (Not that I even recommend you read this novel. So just read the spoilers.)I hated the entire premise of the novel. A suicide pact that turns out not to be a suicide pact, but rather a young man helping his girlfriend kill herself??? In some ways, Picoult sullied and insulted the truest nature of love. Chris (the boy involved with the suicide pact) considers it to be true love as he releases his girlfriend Emily from her worldly cares and pain. Is this really what true love is?Number one -- what message does this send to people with suicidal ideation???That sometimes our troubles and trials are too great for us to handle, so we must escape into death???I was shocked by the romanticism of suicide that occurred in this novel. Fair enough, Picoult did *attempt* to show us the repercussions of suicide with friends and family, but the strongest point of the novel was Chris describing (on trial) the death of Emily, his lover.Number two -- Emily, who had suffered a form of sexual assault at a very young age, never deals with the issue. Now this has been documented and researched, linked to people who are suicidal and it makes complete sense. Often there is some kind of abuse in one's childhood that inevitably leads to depression, self-blame, and sadly suicide. Picoult didn't offer much about the abuse though, other than a quick reference to it as a glimpse into Emily's life. She manages to hide her depression from her parents and spirals downward, Chris being the only person she confides in.Throughout the entire second half of the novel, when Emily's slow ascent downward is being explained, I wanted to shake Chris until his teeth rattled. If my boyfriend came to me and said, "I want to kill myself. I'm extremely unhappy because of something but I refuse to tell you why", I would immediately seek therapy for him in ANY WAY POSSIBLE. However, Chris being a naive teenager (what other reason could there be???), does nothing, convincing himself that he can stop Emily before she takes the final step.Nothing about Emily's abuse becomes apparent to any of the parents. The biggest shocker of the story is that Chris wasn't suicidal at all, that he seemly went along with Emily's plan for some flimsy reason that doesn't hold up under examination.There is literally nothing about this novel that I liked. What kind of story is this?? I've read many depressing novels, but this one was the worst. What was Picoult attempting to communicate to the reader? That suicide leaves families devastated and tears people apart, but is sometimes inevitable and is the answer to our woes? Perhaps if she had explored the realm of sexual abuse and sought to show some type of healing...anything...perhaps then the book would have been more palatable to me. However, I very much doubt that, and as you can tell from my review...I give this novel one star because I did NOT like it...I hated it. Give this book a pass.

  • Katherine
    2019-02-07 17:09

    This is the first Jodi Picoult book that I have read. I admit that she is a good writer and I found myself unable to put the book down; however, I felt that there was a lot lacking to make this a solid GOOD book. In my opinion, though this book was supposed to be a drama/love story, it severely lacked drama. I felt it was worthy of three stars rather than two solely because I completely fell in love with the main character, Chris Harte. He was the only character that I felt was well-developed and the least bit interesting. If every man could be like this 18-year-old boy, the world would be a much better place. On the opposite side of the spectrum I found myself abhorring his girlfriend, Emily Gold, with her mother, Melanie, taking a close second. The basic plot of this book was two children, Chris Harte and Emily Gold, growing up together as neighbors and best friends. They were inseparable and starting dating around the age of 15 and 14, respectively. By the age of 17, Emily was dead and Chris was on trial for her murder due to an apparent suicide pact gone awry. The trial that takes up at least half the book and then there's a predictable ending. The only true thing that kept me interested in this book was the fact that every other chapter told an account of the past, explaining the circumstances that lead us to this suicide pact (I was curious!). There were a few glaring problems with this book, at least for me. There were several issues that were touched upon, but then never resolved or explained. At times, I felt that the maturity of Chris and Emily's relationship was extremely unbelievable. Most importantly, I felt that Chris and Emily were not a good couple. Chris is obviously a very caring, devoted and sensitive boy. He was completely in love with Emily. Emily, on the other hand, turns out to be weak and completely self-centered. She doesn't even consider how ending her life will affect other people. Though her issues were legitimate, I don't think that she was deeply scarred enough, nor was her situation grave enough to feel that suicide is her only way out. I feel that she needed a good thrashing to snap out of her funk and realize that the world does not revolve around her. Heck, I probably would have shot her as well. Overall, it's not a bad read, as Jodi Picoult is an excellent writer. It is entertaining, though somewhat under-developed. It's not a book that upon finishing I find myself wishing that I had those two days of my life back; however, if her other books following the same vein of this one, I will quickly retire from reading her work.

  • Jule
    2019-01-19 21:08

    Gosh, I want to hate her for writing books like this...Throughout the whole book, I was thinking about what rating to give it, because there were parts that blew my mind and others that were just very slow, yet significant for the storyline. I even caught myself thinking: "Ha, she forgot to mention that" but then it happens on the last page. ;)The end of "The Pact" convinced me again though that I can't give this book less than 5 stars. There aren't many books where I really sympathise or feel with the characters. For the time I'm reading the book, they are really part of my life and this is kind of frightening. The ending was really unexpected for me. Well, not the actual revelation, but how it turned out in the end. Jodi Picoult never ceases to amaze me. Wow.

  • Caitlin
    2019-02-15 01:21

    This is more of a rant than a review but this book is pure trash so I’d rather talk about its issues. While reading other reviews for The Pact I only found one person, before I gave up, that had the same problem as me. It got to the point that I wondered if I read the same book as everyone else because I don’t know how anyone could have read this book and not taken issue with a very glaring problem that happens many times throughout the story. The Pact starts off with a boy and a girl, who are later identified as Chris and Emily, talking. The boy and girl tell each other “I Love You” and then there is a shot fired. After that the reader is taken to two sets of parents, Chris and Emily’s. They are sharing dinner at a Chinese restaurant like usual. We find out that they are neighbors and have been since before Chris and Emily were born. Of course, Chris and Emily, aged 18 in the present time, were attached at the hip since day 1 and are destined to be together and there is a big sense of attachment between these characters. But after they finish dinner and arrive home they receive phone calls that they need to go to the hospital. Emily is dead and Chris is injured. Chris says it was a suicide pact but police suspect otherwise because they think Chris pulled the trigger. After some tearful exchanges, the whirlwind ~adventure~ starts in The Pact. Did Chris kill her or was it really a suicide pact??? The Pact is split into three parts. The first part is called “The Boy Next Door” and focuses on the aftermath of the event with flashbacks throughout related to Chris and Emily with an emphasis on Chris. The rest of the story after the very beginning follows the aftermath of Emily’s death with Chris’s arrest for murder and the lives of those left behind, like Chris and Emily’s parents. While reading through the aftermath there are various points where Picoult takes the reader back in time starting when Chris and Emily were born, three months apart, and proceeds to tell their whole life story through flashbacks every 20 pages or so. A third of the way though the novel we get the second part called “The Girl Next Door” which still focuses on Chris but the flashbacks are more Emily oriented. And finally there is the ominous “The Truth” section to wrap the story up. The Pact is a very typical Jodi Picoult story. I previously read Change of Heart and it pretty much follows the exact same storyline. The ~shocking~ event happens in the very beginning, jail scenes, flashbacks, ~surprise shocking information revealed~, courtroom drama, and then the ending that is very predictable and not surprising at all because everything leads up to it and there’s no way it could end any other way. It always makes me wonder why I read her books in the first place because there is absolutely no suspense despite the fact that the author spends 400 pages building up to the ending that has been hyped up since the first page. I was rather disappointed with this novel because I had been told it was one of the better Jodi Picoult books but it was all very blah and meh throughout the whole thing and many parts left me in a fiery rage and wanting to cut this book up into a million little pieces and then throw it out the window in celebration.My biggest problem with the book was the main character Chris. The way he was written it was obvious that I was supposed to find him charming, lovable, loyal, and I’m supposed to long for a boyfriend just like him. But all I took away from this book and his character is that I hope and pray that I never meet anyone like him in my entire life. I do not understand how anyone could find him charming or sympathetic. And from reading other reviews I see that most people adored Chris while despising Emily. I feel the opposite. Emily was written in a pretty whiny tone and at first I thought she was definition of White Girl Problems, but as everything unraveled my heart ached for her and her struggles. I would have much preferred a novel that delved into her character before the suicide pact and talked about her feelings more because the constant feelings centered on Chris drove me crazy.My main problem with Chris is (view spoiler)[that he does not understand what the word “No” means. There are three times that I remember exactly where Emily tells him no during their intimate scenes and he handles it all wrong each time. The first time he actually stops, which Bravo to him I guess, but that’s after he yanked her hand to his crotch and says “You’re supposed to touch me too”. Fuck off asshole. She doesn’t have to do anything. The second time it happened I almost burned my book down because I couldn’t stop seeing red. She says NO clearly and loudly FOUR!!! Times and he just keep going. She has to actually PUNCH him in his EAR to get him to stop. The third time she says no is when they are parked in his car and he stops after she says “No” a couple times and then he proceeds to throw a hissy fit and drive her home. I have never wanted a character to drive off a cliff more than Chris. (hide spoiler)]I have no idea how Jodi Picoult expected me to read these scenes and then throw me other scenes where Chris is all hurt and misunderstand in prison waiting for his trial and expect me to care. There was no need to have him respond this way to Emily if he’s supposed to this Perfect Boy that loved no one more than Emily. It still makes no sense to me. These scenes ruined him for me and I just really didn’t give a crap about whether or not he got a guilty or non-guilty verdict. I don’t know how I could ever feel sorry for him after reading those three scenes. All it did was make me feel more sorry for Emily that she had to deal with that on top of all her other problems in life. I began to understand her withdrawal more and her whines stopped bothering me because, hell, I’d probably be whiny too if Chris was my boyfriend. And I realize these scenes were (view spoiler)[a plot device for the subplot of Emily’s molestation by the man at McDonalds but it didn’t have to go that far with her scenes with Chris. If the author wanted me still feel for Chris she should have had him stop and be okay with it. All I could think about was that he was about two steps away from being like the man at McDonalds. It would have been a much better story if that had never happened between Chris and Emily and I probably would have actually The Pact a lot more. And it would have made a lot more sense for it to have not happened because I thought Chris was supposed to be this perfect man but his actions continuously showed me otherwise.(hide spoiler)]My issues with Chris completely alienated me from the story and characters. There were a million other problems I had with this book. The sex scenes were always awkward and many of them came out of nowhere. Also Picoult’s over use of metaphors and similes during sex scenes and kissing scenes made me laugh my ass off because they were so over the top. The whole courtroom saga dragged on way too long and went into way too much detail. She should have taken some notes from a Law and Order episode or something because half the stuff that went on in the court room scenes weren’t exactly that important or something that I was desperate to know. This book was a complete and utter mess. After this review I’m going to push this story from my mind and pretend that I never read it at all. I don’t think there is a single good thing I said about this book. I guess I semi-liked Chris’s sister Kate but she wasn’t in it enough for me feel attached to her. Everything else besides Kate was a pile of crap. Save yourself the trouble and please never read this book.

  • K
    2019-02-13 01:06

    How did three of my friends end up reviewing this book on the same day, especially when at least two of them didn't read it that recently? Did I miss a review contest or something?Anyway, I couldn't resist adding my opinion to the pile. This was my first Jodi Picoult book, and as I read it, I was captivated. She chooses good topics, and her writing really pulls you in. At the time, reading her can feel intellectually stimulating as her books raise interesting psychological questions.However, there's something about Jodi Picoult's books that makes them fall short of actual literature, no matter how stimulating and readable they are in the moment. I've thought a lot about what that might be, and discussed the topic at length with my sibs. In "The Pact" in particular, reading other reviews (especially the one in "The New York Times") helped me formulate my thoughts.Although "The Pact" touches on a variety of psychological issues, Jodi deals with them more superficially and appears to be concentrating her energy on the trial scenes, so that this reads more like a legal thriller than like a psychological study. For example, the enmeshment of the two families, and its effect on Chris and Emily's relationship, was an interesting topic which had the potential to be dealt with more deeply. What's it like to be in a relationship that almost feels forced by the other person's constant proximity? What does it do to you when you're feeling ambivalent about the relationship but feel like you can't get out without hurting two whole families, much less your boyfriend himself? I felt that Jodi paid lip service to this dilemma but could have addressed it in more depth.Additionally, as many people have pointed out, Emily's suicidality seemed a bit unfounded. It's true that the molestation incident was traumatic, but many people survive years of repeated molestation, sometimes by family members who are meant to keep them safe, and are less profoundly scarred. I wish Jodi had delved more deeply into Emily's character and made the road to suicidality more complex and therefore, believable. And does it make sense that her attentive parents never suspected her suicidality, or tried to address it in any way? Did she never give them any signs? I'm reviewing this in retrospect about 10 years after I read it, so it's possible I'm not remembering certain details; however, I think my general sense of superficiality in this area is more or less accurate.Lots of goodreads reviewers complain that Emily was weak and unlikeable, which to me attests to how undeveloped her character was. This would have been a better book had Jodi developed her more and made her stronger, even if the basic premise had been the same. I gave it four stars, and I still feel it was a better book than most three-star books, if for no other reason than its high level of readability and unputdownableness (great word, huh?). I thought "My Sister's Keeper" was a little better, though still not great literature. I'd still read Jodi over a Harlequin any day, but unfortunately that's not saying a whole lot.

  • Donna
    2019-01-19 21:15

    I knew the premise of this book was teenage suicide but I still found it very disturbing. As a mother I could not imagine anything more devasting then the loss of your child, by whatever means. Picoult's sequence of events was intersting - the timeline moved back and forth so that the reader was able to get a sense of how close both families were. I was not able to relate to Emily's pain at all. Yes, she was sexually abused as a child in a fast food restaurant, but if she was as smart we are led to believe, she should have sought some sort of therapy. She carried this pain for years and never told her parents, friends, teachers or even Chris, her soul mate. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to get some help - look at all the good things you have in your life!! Emily was a talented artist, loved by her parents, Chris, her friends and teachers. She had so much to live for and accomplish in her life. I found her character weak and was not sympathic to her struggles.I felt sorry for Emily and Chris' parents. They both lost a person they love and Chris' family was struggling through their son's imprisonment and trial. The teenagers families were once so close and now Emily's mother becomes bitter and vindictive and her father looks for comfort from Chris' mother. Chris is left to deal with Emily's death. I don't agree with his actions at all - he should have informed her parents that their daughter was hurting and needed help. No matter how much he loved Emily he could have said NO to her - he would not help her kill herself. Chris must change in order to survive in prison and to live with his decision to help with the suicide.He struggles to go on with his life and to find some belief to cling to.

  • Brad
    2019-02-11 21:19

    ***Not sure about spoilers here. I think I danced around things pretty well, but you may want reconsider your decision to read further in case I messed up.***I am a bit disappointed. I was so close to loving this novel and its author, and I really did want to love them, but the denouement really let me down. In the two books I've read now, Jodi Picoult sets out to deliver a big twist that will knock us on our asses. But she telegraphs the big twist in a way that removes any possibility of surprise. This could be seen as a bad thing, a failure on her part, but she does such a magnificent job of building our suspense in anticipation of that moment, that guessing the moment ahead of time is almost part of the fun. We know the shark's going to take the girl's leg off, the fun is in the expectation of when and how.The Pact: A Love Story sets up a suicide pact between a pair of young lovers, but only one of them takes a bullet and the other ends up on trial for murder. From the outset we know that Emily's suicide is far more complex than Chris lets on, and the "truth" that we are destined to hear is fairly easy to guess, but the telling is compelling. Picoult prepares us for the big reveal by taking us through a decade of her main characters' lives, making us care for them, forcing us to empathize with them regardless of their actions. Picoult trusts that we will recognize their complex moral lives, the good and the bad in all of them, as something we all share whether we choose to believe it or not.All of this makes the revelation at the heart of The Pact highly satisfying. By the time we discover what really happened on the night of the suicide, it has become impossible to judge those involved because we know too well what brought them to their actions. But therein lies the problem. We are close to these people because we have read their thoughts. We know things about each of them that they choose to hide from the people in their lives, truths that are never revealed to anyone in the story. We have seen their lives through their eyes, so we understand their pain, their motivations, their choices as though we are them. But then Picoult allows her jury to make a decision that can only be made by someone reading her book -- not by a juror witnessing the most bizarre of all trials.What Picoult asks us to believe is one ask too far. The result of the trial simply cannot be, and I felt sucker punched by the ending. I wanted something more akin to reality, I guess, and I would have loved Picoult for delivering. Instead, she gave me a Hollywood ending tacked on to a fine little piece of thought provocation, and I find myself continuing to withhold the love my mother so badly wanted me to feel for Picoult. I like her, but somewhere along the line she's going to have to give me what I need for me to love her.

  • Lain
    2019-01-17 17:27

    After you've read a few Jodi Picoult books, you come to expect certain things. A compelling, flashpoint topic (teen suicide, stigmata, school shootings, sexual abuse, etc.) that rips a small New England community apart. Courtroom drama. Finely wrought family dynamics. A maverick lawyer, a quirky judge, and a lot of angst. Tons of plot twists and turns. All of the above were present in "The Pact," a story of the death of a teenage golden girl, with her longtime boyfriend accused of the murder -- which he claims was a double suicide gone awry. The defendant bobs and weaves as news of Emily's pregnancy comes to light, and plenty of red herrings are thrown into the mix. But still something was missing. I felt like there just wasn't quite ENOUGH drama in this book... I expected one more horrifying secret to be revealed at the end. I did not believe that Emily's reasons for killing herself were sufficiently grave. And I couldn't believe that NO ONE -- not the police, not his parents, not the lawyer, no one -- asked Chris what really happened that night. Stilll, with Picoult's wonderful writing, this book is still worth reading.

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-20 01:20

    This was a devastatingly beautiful story. Very hard book to put down and will leave you experiencing a wide arrange of emotions. I did not have the whole it is like Romeo and Juliet as many readers/reviewers mention, as I am not a huge fan of that story (love Shakespeare, but not that plot). Instead it was like a love story with no true happily ever after. There is no way for a happily ever after in this book but trust me, it is acceptable to the reader. Overall, a powerful read that will leave you asking yourself questions about life, death, love, and suffering afterwards. Not a book for the faint of heart.

  • Erin
    2019-02-17 17:00

    I hated this book. I was especially angry that I couldn't find it at the library and had to go all over looking for it, and all that effort was wasted. I'm not sure exactly why we read it for book club, because the main female character was the complete opposite of strong. She was mealy-mouthed and pathetic, but I got the feeling that we, the readers, were supposed to sympathize with her anyway. As opposed to the author implying, "here is a despicable example of a woman, one who gets pregnant and decides that she must kill herself rather than deal with it, even though she seemed to have reasonable and supportive family and friends, so don't be like that!" OK, OK, so she was depressed; fine, I get it. Get some help! Grow a pair! She couldn't even kill herself by herself! I kept reading all the way to the end anyway, because despite the lousy writing I was rather curious to find out who did the shooting...did she kill herself, or did the boyfriend do it? Was she possibly killed by aliens? I felt that there must be some interesting reason, some clever twist, to make this whole disaster of a book worth reading. But no. And in fact, the ending was so unimpressive I can't even remember what happened.

  • Emily
    2019-01-29 20:00

    I bought this book merely because a girl in a bookstore approach me and asked me if I would like to buy her copy off her. She said she loved the book and she wanted money to buy another one of Jodi Picoult's books. I hadn't ever read anything of Picoult's before, I'd only heard that if you read My Sisters Keeper you should keep a box of tissues handy. I said yes, because hey its not every day that someone approaches me in a bookstore and I like a bit of spontaneity. It took me a while to bother starting this book (you know how it is, exams, study, tv shows...) but once I did, I was amazed. I fell in love with the book at the first page, and promptly fell in love with chris probably less than ten pages later. I hated Emily throughout most of the book, mainly for everything she put Chris through. Although she wasn't as horrible as her Mother, who just generally makes everyone's lives more difficult. This book had a strong impact on me. I loved the ending, I loved the trial and I felt it had a lot of passion in general. This is the best of Picoult's that I have read.* *Soon after finishing The Pact, I wanted to get my hands on as many Picoult books as I could. This didn't turn out so well as I soon learnt that Jodi has a formula and boy does she stick to it. To me, she has found something that works and she drives it home with each and every book. Who could blame her? A little creativity would be nice now and then though.

  • Susan
    2019-01-18 17:08

    The PactJodi PicoultEvery time I read a Jodi Picoult story, she just shreds my heart and leaves me sobbing. That is exactly what happened while reading THE PACT. Emily and Chris have been best friends since they were born. Their parents are next door neighbors too and best friends as well. That is until that fateful night when everyone's lives change, one even ends. Trust me, hang on tight! The emotions roller coaster Jodi Picoult puts her readers on with THE PACT is one crazy ride.THE PACT is filled with family drama, love, a difficult courtroom trial, and a teenage suicide. Be prepared not to do anything else until you finish reading this heart breaking story! Once you start you will not be able to put it down. If you have never read Jodi Picoult, THE PACT is a great introduction to her heart tugging writing. The whole time I was reading I was screaming "Tell someone already!" I get the fact that they love each other but if you love someone and they start saying they want to kill themselves, tell someone! Do not keep it a secret!

  • Sonya Simmons
    2019-01-28 01:17

    I picked up this book based on recommendations from friends. I already loved Jodi Picoult from My Sister's Keeper, The Tenth Circle, and Nineteen Minutes. Yet again, she did not disappoint. I don't know what to say about the book without sounding is a great story about teen love and commitment. I am always amazed at how deeply I feel I know Jodi's characters. Right now Chris is sticking in my mind and how often I just wanted to shake him and say "Tell someone! Don't be a hero!" But, isn't that exactly what being a teenager was like? Thinking you could handle anything that came your way on your own? The adults would just screw things up if they knew what was going on, right? And the same for Emily "Just talk to someone, you'll feel better". I felt just as helpless reading the book as I did being a teenager. I want to scream to all the teenagers - "WE REALLY DO GET IT!! WE'RE NOT AS STUPID AS WE LOOK!!"

  • Rose Ann
    2019-02-17 20:18

    OMG this book drove me CRAZY!!! But I loved it...lolLet's see...where do I start? I was frustrated with all the characters for different things...Melanie...for burning Emily's diary, which may have helped with the trial, and also maybe she should have told the police about the watch. Also her lack of communication with her husband Michael, and also burning Emily's photos.Michael...for turning to Gus....did not like where I thought that was going to go....thank God it didnt.Gus....for turning to Michael...see above. Also, you didnt hear much about her daughter Kate...she pretty much alienated her.James...upset he wasnt visiting Chris or sharing his emotions.Emily...I felt she was very selfish. I feel like she was teasing Chris, and leading him to think she loved him the same way he loved her. She loved him like a brother, but kept going along with doing more with him. She pretty much ruined his life, and was very selfish for wanting him to help her commit suicide, and not telling him she was pregnant.!!!???? (DID NOT LIKE EMILY)Chris...about two thirds thru the book is when I started feeling bad for him....his emotions, life, everything, was being played and toyed with by Emily. I dont fully understand how he could have gone through with helping her commit suicide, and not tell someone...either her parents or his? I wonder if he did, if things would have ended up okay, or if she would have went ahead and done it alone?When I first started I thought it was about a suicide PACT...but really, it was a different PACT alltogether.I think Emily pressed Chris' finger and shot herself. She got the strength to do it because he was there with her. I don't think he would have done it otherwise. Neither one could do it by themselves. Another Picoult book that has me whirling, and will need a couple of days before picking up another book. Definately a page turner.

  • Aoibhínn
    2019-02-06 19:16

    This is a well-written, gripping and thought-provoking novel. The Pact is an extremely emotional tale and it is impossible not to be moved by it. Jodi Picoult writes so well and so beautifully. The book alternates between the past, tracing the history of the two main characters, Chris and Emma's relationship, and the present, as Chris faces an uncertain future. Due to the novel having multiple narrators, the reader gets to see all sides of the story and this adds to the intrigue of the plot. There are so many twists and turns through-out the novel, that you are unable to predict the outcome until the end. All in all, The Pact is everything you want a novel to be. Five stars!

  • Parvathy
    2019-02-12 18:06

    The Pact by Jodie Picoult is one of those rare books which made me feel so helpless that I started crying. There were parts were I wished I could just jump into the book and stop the characters from making all the wrong decisions. The story was rich and has its own charisma which made me want to read it in the first place. Granted I knew what I was getting in to provided it was a Jodie Picoult book after all but I was not prepared for the onslaught of emotions which were headed my way. The story of Chris and Emily who very often compared to the two sides of the same coin, was very endearing. Thrown together from the very childhood itself they did everything together. So in time when there friendship turned into a romantic relationship none was surprised, after all that was the plan all along. But things take a turn for the worst when Emily is killed at the age of 17 and all fingers point to Chris. But that's when Chris delivers a shocking confession that they both entered in to a pact to kill themselves and Emily is dead as a part of it. While Chris's parents are willing to accept this because explanation as having a child who is suicidal is much better than believing they have raised a murderer, Emily's parents much rather believe that their daughter is a victim rather than the alternative. Thus put to test is the 18 year old friendship of their parents. As the story progresses the reader gets further insight in to the relationship Chris and Emily shares. The tough choices made by each of the characters and how it affects the others is a very interesting aspect of this book. The subplots were Chris's mom Gus finds a kindred soul in Emily's father Michael who believes in her son's innocence and his fight with his conscience when he tries to believe he is doing right by his daughter are arresting. But the fact that was a little difficult to grasp was believing that Emily even though spending all the time with Chris was able to keep that much hidden away from him and Chris accepting Emily's decision without any explanation on her part. Emily was a highly unstable and selfish character who was as much as a mystery in her life as in death. But the character I would never forget and will remain one of my favorite characters of all time is Chris. All through the book I kept wishing his life was different although Emily was the one who was in need of it. He handled all his predicaments with a maturity far beyond his age. The character of Melanie Emily's mom who was so willing to crucify a boy whom she came to love as much as her daughter rather than believing herself so incapable of understanding her own daughter is riveting. In the end Pact is a love story in a sense but this is a love story like none other and will leave you with a sense of hope.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-25 18:03

    Melanie and Michael Gold and Gus and James Harte have been neighbors and friends from the time Melanie and Gus were pregnant with their first children. The kids, Emily Gold and Chris Harte, grew up together, became a couple, and are now high school seniors preparing for college. As the story opens Emily and Chris are on a date at a local carousel when a shot is fired. Cut to the hospital: Emily, shot in the head, is dead; Chris is disoriented with 70 stitches for a scalp laceration. When the police arrive Chris says that he and Emily had a suicide pact but that he fainted and fell before he could shoot himself. Before long Chris is arrested for murdering Emily. The book moves back and forth between the past and present, going all the way back to the time the Golds and Hartes first met as two young married couples. They soon became close friends, dining out together, vacationing together, confiding in each other, and so on. The two sets of parents were prosperous, happy, and well-adjusted and - before the tragedy - thrilled that Chris and Emily were sweethearts. We also come to know a great deal about both Emily and Chris, and see how their bond developed.In the present, the Golds are devastated by Emily's death, bewildered by the notion that she was suicidal and they had no inkling. Their daughter was a talented artist with applications on her desk to the finest art schools, including the Sorbonne. What would make her want to kill herself? When Chris is arrested the Golds at least have someone to blame. During the course of the story we see how each person in the Gold and Harte family deals with the tragedy, separately and together. We observe Chris as he waits in jail for his trial, a difficult and harrowing experience. The last part of the book is a well-wrought courtroom drama, including a fierce rivalry between the zealous prosecutor and Chris's capable defense attorney. I know many readers gave this book rave reviews but for me it was just okay. For one thing I didn't buy the book's basic premise. (view spoiler)[ Though Emily had legitimate concerns I couldn't believe they would make her suicidal. Moreover, I couldn't accept that - once Chris knew Emily wanted to kill herself - he didn't get help. After all, he had plenty of time.(hide spoiler)] Thus, though the book addresses an important issue - teen angst that's invisible to the parents - it didn't ring true to me.I also thought the book was about twice as long as it needed to be. It seemed to go on and on and I got impatient reading it. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  • Patrizia
    2019-01-21 00:11

    Es war super! Erschreckend, gut durchdacht, fesselnd, in die Irre führend, anfixend!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-01-26 22:02

    This book wasn't as good as I'd expected, but what disappointed me more than anything was how much of a jerk Emily was to Chris. Through memories, it's seen that Emily used Chris as a scapegoat for all her wrongdoings in childhood, like stealing a sex book from the local library and drinking alcohol. And then she kills herself and gets Chris implicated in her murder... and it's implied that she hates just about everyone and everything, and that perhaps Chris was just her escape, not her friend.This is one of those few, far and in-between cases where the film is better than the book... :(

  • Denise
    2019-02-01 23:17

    Jodi Picoult delivers another excellent novel about family relationships, friendships, courtroom drama, a love story, suicide and so much more. This certainly is a page turner and one that could lead to a great bookclub selection. Picoult's novels are emotionally draining because she skillfully writes about problems that exist in society. 4 stars

  • Elin
    2019-01-25 17:24

    I'll admit that Picoult can tell a story and keep me interested, but she has some seriously annoying writing tics that almost made me stop reading. Some examples: "...,' he said softly"; "...,' she said thickly"; and (my favorite) "...,' he said, his eyes shining." Blech. Spare me! If only I had a dollar for every time I had to read one of these trite phrases. Is there not some other way to convey that someone is speaking softly than by saying "softly"? Also, someone needs to re-edit this book because I found errors (like, saying he instead of she).Yes, I realize this isn't the type of substantive review that will help anyone, but I had to rant.(Ben, if you are reading this, I know you are rolling your eyes. Probably Minnie, too.)

  • Vasia
    2019-01-22 17:08

    For me her best book. Loved the way she split the story between the girl's side of view and the boy's and how even if she shows you in the end what really happened you still walk away unsure of who was right.

  • Vanessa
    2019-02-07 01:02

    Great book about the struggles of being a teenager. I read this with my youth book club. They loved it, but you know teens, they like the dark stuff.The Pact: A Love Story, by Jodi PicoultWe read this book as a part of our high school book club. By far, it was one of the student’s favorite books. They really related to the content. I had about 8 students, 7 girls and one boy read this book with my co-sponsor and I. My co-sponsor finished the book first and when I finally finished it, I called her right away. We talked on the phone for about an hour and a half. We discussed the book’s ending, our relationship with the characters, and the controversial subject matter of the book. It was a great book to read with young people, as it afforded them the opportunity to discuss their own issues in life.What is it about??? It is about two families, neighbors. The families are born around the same time allowing the mothers to become especially close. The first born children spend every waking minute together, it is almost as if they are siblings. So when they are teenagers, no one is surprised when the two fall in love. And the question becomes, is love enough to heal all wounds? Can we love too much or be smothered by another. This is a book that deals with teenage suicide, and the effect such a tragedy has on everyone involved. Jodi Picoult does a good job of creating characters, and allowing the reader to see the connections between human beings when such a disaster occurs.The book left me wondering, how would I handle it? What went wrong, and what could have been done to help? A question I posed to the students was: “Was Chris right in not reporting his girlfriend’s feelings of suicide to an adult?” Surprisingly, the kids felt he was justified in keeping her secret. I hope that as a result of reading the book, they have realized that sometimes the biggest gift you can give a friend sometimes comes in the form of what looks like betrayal.I recommend this book. I enjoyed it, although it was quite heartbreaking in moments. I am currently reading another book by Picoult called My Sister’s Keeper. It seems that Jodi Picoult has continued to push the envelope with thought provoking and controversial topics. I am enjoying her writing very much.

  • Katie
    2019-01-22 01:09

    I couldn't put this book down. It was actually a pretty sad book. Talks about suicide pretty much the whole book. But its definitely a page turner. My favorite murder mystery/love story. It has great twists and a great story line. I loved it.2017 Side note update- I was thinking about this book today and how much I loved it. So I wanted to update my review and add this below. “You know, the mind is a remarkable thing. Just because you can't see the wound doesn't mean it isn't hurting. It scars all the time, but it heals.” ― Jodi Picoult, The PactA favorite quote from a favorite book.I didn't have this book on my list to-read. I stumbled across it at a Goodwill in Florida at the end of one of our trips. I was looking for a book to read on the 12 hour drive home and thought I'd give it a try. You can't beat a $2 book, unless of course you get it free at the library. So anyways this book was SO good and SO sad. Its about a girl that commits suicide. Thats how it starts off and the best friend is on trial facing life in prison because they believe he is the one that pulled the trigger, not her. So the whole book they are piecing together her story and reasons. It goes back and forth between past and present building on their friendship. I just loved everything about it except for the sad part of suicide. It really grabs your emotions though.

  • Sammantha
    2019-01-25 21:21

    By far my favorite book of Jodi Picoult's. I thought Plain Truth was my number one, but after reading The Pact, I've found a new number one! At first I wasn't sure that I would like the way the book was laid out with the "Now" & "Then", switching back and forth. But I came to realize after I was continuing to read and finished the book, that's what made the book so great. I loved going back "Then" because it gave you the truth and a walk through their life and how they became to where they are "Now". I really enjoyed this book. I was so engrossed in it everytime I read it. I couldn't put it down and got very amped when I could read it! It was a happy/tragic journey reading this book, and it is something that could happen. It was amazing how you could actually feel how the characters felt and understand their pain just through words. I can't get into everything I'd like in this review without spoiling anything for other people. This is a must read book!

  • Sarah
    2019-02-08 01:20

    This book, as my favorite of Jodi's, stands in for the whole Picoult oeuvre, which I read mostly over the course of one summer and which is the proving ground for the split in my reading personality -- snob vs. storylover. Picoult is sentimental, always takes on at least one Issue, and pretty much smacks you at the end of each chapter, if not each section, with pithy Theme Sentences, but she manages to avoid after-school specialiness almost totally (no, I don't know how that's possible). She also is a whale of a storyteller, telling stories that should be REALLY predictable not all that predictably, she can twist your heart even while your head is spouting off things like "after-school specialiness," and she has a remarkable knack for authentic teenage voices (albeit white middle-class ones).

  • Liza Fireman
    2019-01-20 00:04

    Jodi Picoult is a storyteller, a masterful one. She has everything to create the perfect story: the language, the plot, the developed characters, the relationships. A bit like Liane Moriarty, her mysteries are unconventional, domestic. But she is more on the dramatic, tragic side, while Liane Moriarty takes it with much more humor.In this book, Picoult touches so many important issues, the strength of love, between lovers, between parents and children. But also, the notion of truth, in court, and outside of it.Can you love somebody too much? Be too close and too attached? We all dream on true love, to get to know someone so well, that we can really understand, that we can put their needs almost (or really) before ours. How far would you go for someone that you really love?But there is such thing as too much love, almost symbiotic relationship, fusion. Where minds and personalities get so close and so connected that they have almost no distinction between them. That one feels like he can't live without the other. It is beyond healthy. It is a lot of weight to put on someone else, to love so strongly, too strongly.And how far would you go for you child? Isn't the love of your child means you would do anything for them? Picoult says on the loss of a child:"To say there had been a loss was ludicrous; one lost a shoe or a set of keys. You did not suffer the death of a child and say there was a loss. There was a catastrophe. A devastation. A hell."Picoult's descriptions of the court are outstanding. Jordan, the lawyer, is a great character and a genius in the book. I think it's the first time that I've seen a lawyer's strategy and thinking so clearly. What is important, the truth? The real truth? Or the evidence and proof? Is there such thing like a black and white truth? Or maybe, there are many different truths? And more than that, do the court, the judge, the juries, actually care and want the real truth?I can't give this book anything under 5 stars. This book is perfect, the writing, the story, the believability, the research that Picoult has put into this. She has earned every star. And she got a new fan too.