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The Pact This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I knew the premise of this book was teenage suicide but I still found it very disturbing As a mother I could not imagine anythingdevasting 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 I knew the premise of this book was teenage suicide but I still found it very disturbing As a mother I could not imagine anythingdevasting 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 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 an 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 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 aw 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 becareful with my word choices 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 s 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 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 pol 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 average 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 This isof 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 l This isof 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 areEmily 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 feelingsbecause 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 cliffthan 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 onethan 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 feelsorry for Emily that she had to deal with that on top of all her other problems in life I began to understand her withdrawaland 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 lotAnd it would have made a lotsense 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 Gosh, I want to hate her for writing books like thisThroughout 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 w Gosh, I want to hate her for writing books like thisThroughout 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 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, the 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 themsuperficially and appears to be concentrating her energy on the trial scenes, so that this readslike 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 withdeeply 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 indepth.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 delveddeeply into Emily s character and made the road to suicidalitycomplex 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 isor 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 herand 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 Why do so many people seem to love adore Jodi Picoult novels I gave her a try with 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 something They ve been soul mates since they were bornSo 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 ❴Read❵ ➲ The Maranaw Torogan Author Abdullah T Madale – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ✎ Seven Hills Away and Other Stories ☂ N.V.M. Gonzalez – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk so it s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily s friendship blossoms into something They ve been soul mates since they were bornSo when midnight calls from the hospital come in ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog By Edgar Calabia Samar ❤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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


About the Author: Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty six novels, including the 1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister s Keeper She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.Her new novel, THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio on September 22nd.Website Twitter


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