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The Pact: A Love Story Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Not only is the book gripping while you are reading it but it stays with you afterwards - I can't stop thinking about it.
The Pact is the story of two teenagers who grow up next door to one another from birth, their parents are the best of friends and have always expected that their children's friendship will blossom into love which it does.
The book jumps from both Chris and Emily's perspective as well as both sets of parents - it deals with a suicide pact gone wrong and the aftermath (as well as what has lead up to the central moment). If anyone has ever learned devastating news or lost a loved one then they know what it can do to a person as well as a family and I thought that The Pact was unbelievably realistic.
This was one of the most moving, touching and important books I have read - it certainly leaves you thinking about it and your own life as well as the lives of those around you.
Read this one but make sure to keep a box of tissues and a loved one near by (for a hug if you need one).
The Hartes and the Golds live next to each other, eat together, gather in each others homes and go on vacation together. Somewhere along the way, and much to the parents happiness, Chris and Emily end up dating each other. Soon after, as witnessed in Emily's thoughts and journals, it becomes apparent that she herself is not happy with this; that something in her life and heart is troubled beyond even Chris's presence. The mystery surrounding the night of her death continues for the whole length of the novel, and every turn is shrouded in secrets, lies, and ultimately, the truth.
I devoured this book in a few sittings. Picoult does a wonderful job in getting us to know the two families; both sets of parents are equally interesting and sympathetic, and the story would not have worked as well if they weren't. The reader never really knows what happened that fateful night between Emily and Chris until the very end, and it keeps you going to find out. This is a well-written, intriguing novel, and I can't wait to read more of her works.
Jodi Picoult's powerful story will leave the reader reeling from the overwhelming emotions conveyed. Ms. Picoult demonstrates a solid grasp of her subject matter as her characters struggle with the notion of Emily's suicide versus Chris being her murderer. THE PACT: A LOVE STORY is thought provoking, albeit painful at times.
Jodi Picoult deftly interweaves the past and present in this poignant family drama. Suicide is an extremely sensitive subject and this topic may disturb some readers. Ms. Picoult handles the topic exceptionally well, however, remaining sensitive to all of the issues and parties involved in THE PACT: A LOVE STORY.
THE PACT: A LOVE STORY is not an easy read, but it is a book well worth reading more for the questions Ms. Picoult asks than for any real answers. As the story unfolds, readers will find themselves completely immersed into this deeply moving and heart wrenching tale. THE PACT: A LOVE STORY is a very realistic portrayal of the aftermath of a suicide, particularly one under such questionable circumstances, and as such will be both loved and hated at the same time. Kudos to Ms. Picoult for daring to venture into this territory and for being so compassionate in the process.
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tale of two kids who love one another totally and their story after one dies and one lives. Pretty emotional but I loved it.Published 2 days ago by J. Palmer
Good book for the beach or summer vacation. I started this on a vacation weekend at a beach rental. I didn't have a chance to finish it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Miss Mom
Again, Jodi Picoult does not disappoint with this great read. She is a masterful storyteller who weaves intense characters into controversial yet believable situations.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A sad story of two teenagers living up to parents expectations and into a relationship that they grew up into. Unfortunately, tragedy hits. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sara Oke
Yet another Picoult book that is so thought provoking! Good read!Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Twists and turns of this heart-felt love story keep you reading every page and feeling every emotion. Great read all around.Published 17 days ago by Janette Maple