The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi PicoultThe Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult

The Pact: A Love Story

byJodi Picoult

Mass Market Paperback | August 29, 2006

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Until the phone calls came at three o'clock on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily is dead—shot with a gun her beloved and devoted Chris pilfered from his father's cabinet as part of an apparent suicide pact—leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult—one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction—comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence.

Until the phone calls came at three o'clock on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily is dead&#...
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Title:The Pact: A Love StoryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.02 inPublished:August 29, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I have a lot of respect for Jodi Picoult because she writes books that bring to life real and often controversial issues that people are faced with and no one really wants to talks about. I've read a few of her books now and there are a number of reasons why her books just don't capture me as much as I think they should: 1. Her writing seems formulaic, often with court cases and deep betrayal of family and/or friends 2. The books are always sad and usually leaves you wondering what happened to the characters. I guess I'm a bit tired of reading sad novels with open endings which I know is just my preference. 3. They are way too long. She tends to have long paragraphs and even chapters of boring details that have no relevance to the story and go off on tangents with romance and unnecessary subplots. This book was pretty good, I skimmed a lot of the details to see what happened to the characters but I found myself engrossed in the story despite it's flaws.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book was amazing yet very sad There is no words to describe this book. After reading it, I was left in a slump. This book dives into mental and emotional health. Great read, I recommend it.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from what a love story! interesting and captivating.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes Jodi does it again with her amazing. Covering serious topics and giving an enjoyable read. Loved it
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not my favourite JP book so far. A little weak with the main male character.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was an incredible book. It describes a wonderful bond between two lifelong friends, and at the same time it describes a gripping muder trial with twists at every turn. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone age 12 and over.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner!! I love Jodi Picoult's writing and style. Her plots are always emotional and controversial.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Amazing One This book is another Picoult classic that needs to be read. it is interesting and captivating but not for the faint of heart.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Really had me captivated till the very end. Such a sad but interesting story.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great love story. Everything for the true reason mantic
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Wonderfully written! Jodi is by far my favourite author and this novel is not one to miss. Well crafted characters, beautiful storyline, and an interesting perspective on family and love.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ouch, as always Jodi Picoult never fails to break your heart. This one will truly gut you.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwrenching Tale! Whoever thought "young love" was simple? This book proves it definitely is not, with the many twists, turns and layer after layer, the reader is put through an emotional rollercoaster that is difficult to recover from. There is no happy ending here, however, this is a provocative, thought-provoking read that will have you begging for more!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another 5 Stars for Picoult This story broke my heart ten times over. While I've always loved Picoult's writing and novels, this book did a number on me. I felt it was well thought out, and really pulled at every emotion a reader can have. Her books always so much depth and layers to uncover, and I have yet to read a book I wasn't satisfied having picked up. Another masterpiece by the one and only Jody Picoult.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read This is not my favourite work of hers (that would probably be The Storyteller, or House Rules) but I enjoy reading her work always. She writes well, her characters are engaging and the stories are compelling.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Jodi Picoult This was the first Jodi Picot book I read, probably at an age far to young to be reading it, but nonetheless it was the beginning of my love of her stories. To start, she has an excellent way of putting words together that makes it an easier read even with the bigger, tougher topics. I found it made you want to keep reading to find out what was next. It had a neatly wrapped up ending that left you satisfied, but not too satisfied.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book This book delivers as Picoult always does.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jodi Picoult doesn't disappoint Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and this book definitely lived up to my expectations. If you're in need of a good cry, this book is for you!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This is probably my favourite book! Jodi is such an amazing author!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read by Jodi Picoult A wonderful book that I picked up on a whim. It was a great read and kept me hooked. The author is truly a master of her craft.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking read Heartbreaking but so, so wonderfully written. Jodi Picoult always deals with real issues and writes them in such a bold way it's beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult tackles tough topics and does it wonderfully and this book is a perfect example of that. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel! Well written. Overall, an interesting read!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !! Another masterpiece by this author. You will feel you personally know these characters by the time you are through, and will have wrestled with your beliefs multiple times. Gripping, emotional, beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This book was amazing! I couldn't believe how emotionally attached I got to this character!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking #plumreview couldnt put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Another amazing piece of work by Jodi Picoult. She never fails to come out with great books that are easy to read while still being deeply thought provoking. Very captivating book that will have you not wanting to put the book down. A must read!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Jodi Picoult's books always include deep subject matter that sparks much discussion and debate. They are not for the faint of heart, or someone looking for a light, happy read. This book will leave you speechless. It will grip you from the start and leave you heart broken.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love Jodi Picoult and I would read anything she writes, however, this one is a tie for my favourite. For me it was reminiscent of a Romeo and Juliet story. Heartbreaking, but so well written. Pick this book up!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put this Down A heartbreaking novel, that will challenge your moral compass. I never thought a book could make me feel so deeply, it is my favourite novel.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Pact It's not my favorite Jodi Picoult books but it is a heartbreaking story that is able to keeps you reading and guessing until the end.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome such a great book...loved it
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but slow I got what I expected from reading a Jodi Picoult book. It wasn't terrible, but not her best either. There were parts in the middle that did seem to drag.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Utterly Heartbreaking I had to read this book over the course of 3 months because it hurt my heart.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg loved it heartbreaking story hard to put down i had to know what was going on next read it in one day
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great loved this book, couldnt put it down
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding read Great book to read,tragic and spellbind read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! loved this book! could not put it down
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic She keeps you intrigued and guessing the whole way through. Beautifully tragic and well written.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The pact Not to my linking and struggled to read to the end. But that is my opinion and others will think differently I imagine
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The pact It wasn't one of my favourite of Jodie's books I've read. It seemed to finish very abruptly and lacked content. I think I'll have a break from her style of writing for a little while.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pact by Jodi Picoult A story of undenible love, bound so close together and unable to be two separate people. This story certainly captured my interest as today there is a lot of talk of teanage suicide in the news and I recommend any one who does have teanage kids to read this. Very well written and and truly a page turner.
Date published: 2015-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!! Just loving this book .. The way it's written is so easy to follow and the characters just come alive ... I have read Jodi Picoult books before and have never been disappointed!!!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read At the start of the book, you have no idea about the ending. The twists and turns keep you riveted to every page. A most enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Branislava And yet again , she is absolutely fantastic ! I love her books !
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review Overall I enjoyed the book but I believe there could have been a better note found in the tin can at the end.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Morganlyn78@gmail.com Real good. I will read again.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pact Very well at R Very well written could not put it down
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The pact Good but predictable read. Unfortunately, it was very short. Not my favourite Jodi Picoult book.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pact This is a capturing and heartbreaking novel that I couldn't put down. As with all Jodi's novels, the character development is amazing and you feel so connected to them by the end. A great read that keeps you searching for the truth til the very end.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pact Love, love love this book!!!! I went through a whole bunch of emotions reading it!!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pact - Jodi Picoult I could not put this book down and finished it in a few days. I could not stop wondering what really happened. As in all her books that I have read so far, the character development was amazing. A very gripping and emotional book.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Pact - Jodi Picoult A heart wrenching story of how one small act affects everyone around you. Jodi Picoults' books are always so real you get right into the characters and this one is no exception.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pact"...... Is packed with a fascinating story!
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not believable Writing was ok but not great, pretty overly dramatic. Found the plot too over the top. Wouldnt recommend.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read What a tear jerker, but nonetheless it was an amazing story. Jodi Picoult has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pact OMG! What an emotional and sad story. Brilliant.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pact One of her best. Powerfully authentic. She captures the raw emotion of suicide, grief and the tragic loss of a child that tears apart the family and all we know. An enthralling read.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Words cannot begin to describe how great this book is
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Every word of this book.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Real and Hearbreaking This book is absolutely beautiful and the perfect anti Romeo and Juliette, in which the families are too close and it still ends in tragedy for the lovers. It really makes you think how masked someone can be. Emily had everything that everyone is looking for in life but still decided to take her own and nobody could see past her perfect exterior. This book was extremely heart breaking and wonderfully written.
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed, But Not Quite Surprised I knew directly after reading My Sister's Keeper that Jodi Picoult had a knack for capturing startlingly accurate emotions about situations she herself had never personally been in. I'll admit I was somewhat skeptical of whether or not she could pull it off yet again, and she did. This book exceeded my expectations, it's been a few years since I've found a book that "made" me stay up until 5 o'clock in the morning reading, but this was it. She managed to make characters you would normally disregard apart from their seemingly minor roles, a vital part of the story line. I don't want to give away any of the story line, but I'll end this with saying it was undoubtedly the best book I've read all year.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Jodi Picoult at her finest. This book will leave you wondering how well you know the one you're with and how far you would go to protect them. Timeless and touching, this novel will have you entering a whirlwind of teenage love and angst and the questions you are left with can only be answered by the heart. Ultimately, this is what the characters do--let their hearts lead the way when something goes terribly, terribly wrong.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very touching story After reading My Sister's Keeper I couldn't wait to read another book by Jodi Picoult. After reading the back of this book, I had to buy it. I think my expectations were a little high because I found that I wished she went deeper in detail in certain parts and less detail in others. I found there was a run of about 30 pages that were a little bit dry but the story really does pull you in. Its a very sad and very real topic so I am glad this book dealt with it so well.
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book Jodi Picoult is a wonderful author and brings her characters to life in a magical way. She tackles real world issues head on, but the situation is never what it seems like at first. It leaves you wondering and questioning about your life, without leaving you wishing for more of the story. I highly recommend this book and this author.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is my favourite of Jodi Picoult's books. I was instantly drawn in by the characters and could not put this book down until it was finished. It was touching and emotional and very well written.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting While I did like this book, it was not one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books. There was just something about this book, and I still can't figure out what it is exactly, that I wasn't able to connect with. The names drove me crazy. I wasn't able to keep track of who was who and I had to keep going back to the beginning to remind myself who was who. It also didn't help that there were these flashbacks that didn't really add to the story, in my opinion. What I did love is that once again Jodi made me believe in a situation that was so far-fetched. Do I think that a suicide pact is far-fetched? No, I don't. But the way that the one in this book plays out is. Even after having read the book twice, I still don't know the reason it happened in the first place. Not to mention, that Emily, who comes up with the idea never gives a reason for her wanting to commit suicide, not even to Chris who ends up being the surviving member of the pact. Even though he is never given a reason a reason, Chris decides to end his life simply because he can't see his life being worth living without her in it. To me, that isn't realistic at all and that is where Jodi Picoult's talent really comes in. While I may not have believed in the circumstances, she did have me believing in the characters.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This was an excellent novel! Once you start reading this book you won’t be able to put it down. The story was really impactful and it went behind the scenes of real teenage problems, the struggles within families and what a parent will do for their child. Every time you think that you have the book figured out Judi Picoult throws in another twist that will leave you in suspense and surprise!! This novel leaves you thinking about it days after you have finished it! I would recommend this to anyone and it’s a book that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Typical Picoult Author weaves in children, relationships and the law. Similar to my sisters keeper in style.
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Jodi's best! I did not know such a pact existed until I read this book. It was unbelievable to read what the two main characters go through. I have read a few other books by Jodi but this one is my favourite so far. This book really shows the true meaning of love and what lengths individuals will go to in order to keep their love strong! A must read!
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Hard to get into at first due to the way the story is set up (flips between then and now). About halfway through, it gets really interesting and you can't put it down. Story is really depressing... not a good choice if already feeling a bit down. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel! This book from beginning to end was amazing. Picoult really picked away at the heart strings. There is no way anyone could put this book down. It is emotional and thought-provoking. Definitely one of her best. I would recommend it to all.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I was looking for I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it boring and predictable. And the ending was unrealistic without the surprise twist I've come to expect from Picoult. This is not one I'd recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is what we read for Very good read, as with most Jodi Picoult stories. She knows how to make you FEEL something with the written word. This is amazing.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a MUST read!! This book was amazing beyond words for me. Aside from being able to relate to the main characters, Picoult was really able to pull me into the book, almost like I was right there in the courthouse for the trial. This is a heartbreaking story of family, friendship, love, and life as a teenager. I couldn't put it down, and I'd read it again and again!
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible, do not waste your time This author has clearly written a book about something to which she has little knowledge of. She has no concept of human resiliency or strength. She wrote a book about a privileged young girl with skills, intelligence, family support and yet made her weak. This author has little understanding of how people can overcome tragic circumstances. This is a very poor read, do not waste your time.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! My friend recommended this book to me after she came to school one day slightly upset,and told me I wouldn't understand until I read the book. So I went out, book the book and I don't think I put it down for 3 hours straight! I couldn't stop reading! The book had such a strong message that really pulled on your heart strings. It's my favourite book out there,plain&simple. I would definetly recommend this book to EVERYONE! Jodi Picoult is just such a great author, she really knows how to emotionally draw you into a story.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW ...Just left speechless..... Now this is what reading is all about. I can truly say that The Pact is one the best books I've read in my life. I'm left completely speechless after finishing this book. Jodi picoult has written a truly remarkable, emotional and compelling story that really gets you to ask yourself serious questions.....what would you do if you were put in this characters position? Picoult mentioned that her inspiration for this novel was an anti Romeo and Juliet theme..Would would happen if two families became too close to one another? Chris and Emily have known one another since the day they were born and on the night of November 7th...a tragic incident occurs resulting in Emily's death. The book deals with so many issues including suicide, depression, martial issues, parental pressure, death, love. This book was perfect, with beautiful writing, realistic characters and an emotional story. I loved every little thing! Absolutely brilliant! Dont miss this one..... especially if you're looking for a really tear jerking emotional read
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome modern day tragic love story! This book is great on so many levels. It deals with taboo subjects like depression and suicide while telling such a perfect love story. I enjoyed this novel tremendously and could not put it down until I saw the last page. It lets you feel such an array of emotions for each character. Jodi Picoult has, yet again, written another beautiful novel.
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Jodi Book thus far. Amazing book, I asked my friend to recomend a book that was fast paced, that had an intense story. This book delivered. This is one of my favorite books, it has a good relationship between the main characters. It also has a different delivery in the chapters. Definately would recomend this book to those who liked My Sister's Keeper.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story - Highly Recommend! The Pact was my very first Jodi Picoult book and all I can say is WOW!! I was so captivated by this tragic love story and would recommend this to anyone who's wanting to get themselves into a real page turner.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What can I say? This book was truly an amazing story. My mum kept trying to get me to read it, but i though the premise of making a suicide pact was a little morbid! Finally I gave in, and woah was i ever blown away! This book kept me up at night wondering what really was happening! I recommend this book to all friends who say they need something interesting to read! I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2009-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Love Story One of my top two Picoult books, The Pact is a must read if you're a new Jodi fan. The Hartes and the Golds wake up to a nightmare that we thank God we've never had to deal with, but then she pulls us in until we are living it right along with them. Each chapter alternates between a Now and Then, events after and leading up to the tragedy, and it is these flashbacks that really showcase the beauty of this story. In true Picoult form, the ending has been argued about, but I actually found myself nodding along when I reached the last page. Which is a little disconcerting in itself. Since when do I agree with Picoult endings? But despite the position that it's not what REALLY would have happened, I can tell you that from a legal perspective, the ending makes sense. So if you're in the mood for a really good love story, pick this one up, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This was an incredible book, with a devastating story. The Book surrounds Two Families, The Harte’s and The Gold’s, and more importantly their children. Emily Gold and Chris Harte have known each other and have inseparable since birth. They grew together as best friends, and then in their early teens became lovers. The Relationship was much stronger than other "Teen Romances" they were meant to be together. They were soul mates. Then Tragedy struck, With Emily now dead, and Chris injured but still alive from an apparent suicide pact that the two of them arranged, This Book was an amazing story but very sad. The Book goes back and forth between the past and the present, eventually leading up back to the day that Emily and Chris’s plan unfolded. This Book will make you feel a whole range of emotions, it will make you laugh, and make you cry. This is a novel that needs to come to the big screen; there was a “made-for-T. V” movie but it did not do the book justice at all. Jodi Picoult has made it to my favorite authors list, and has yet to disappoint me.
Date published: 2009-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kind of torn Although I really enjoyed this book, I'm not sure if I would share it with my grand-daughter, who requested I pass the book along, simply due to the mixed message it's sending. The book is based on a teen suicide that was "kind of" assisted by a boyfriend because he loved her so much he would do anything to stop her emotional suffering. I feel the book could send a message to teens that this type of "pact" would be okay. In a book it makes a great story, in real life it would tear people apart, and no, I do not believe it's okay.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another awesome story Jodi!!! very well written, grabbed me right at the start just like My Sister's Keeper did.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Want Better, Jodi. ***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.
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up this book. I was skeptical of the book even after reading reviews and the idea of it being a love story made me doubtful. However, I absolutely loved it, it surpassed my expectations by far. I was so captivated by this book that it actually hurt to put it down. I was completely engrossed from start to finish and unlike many books I've read, there were no points in the book I tried to rush through. I fell in love with the characters and I was so touched by their love. I was amazed at how Picoult managed to transform emotion into words on a page, how clearly she expressed emotion and feeling. Do please read this book, it will pluck at your heartstrings like many other books could never!
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Fav There certainly wasnt any disappointment for me in this story. Another Picoult fablous read! I found i didnt read this one quite as quickly as some of her others, I was really wrapped up in the story leading up to Trial(which she did an amazing job with). Like alot of her other books there always seems to be a twist near the end, which i was avidly looking for, even trying to read between the lines a few times...but nothing in this one? I had wished though that it did come out in the courts that she was sexually abused and that Chris finally would have understood why she acted the way she did with him intimately. Two Thumbs up on this one for sure!!
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! My first Jodi Picoult book. Very captivating. Couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just Okay I enjoyed this Picoult book much less than her others. I felt angry with several of the characters, wanting to guide them in a different direction. Still...it was a quick read over the holidays so i could focus on family while still getting my book fix.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was so well written and it brought me to tears...I didn't want to put it down!!
Date published: 2008-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good until the end..... I read the book and loved it - until the Epilogue - my recommendation would be to rip the Epilogue out or do not read it - to me it ruined the ending of the book. I passed the book on to a few friends after and they agreed as well - it ruined the "moment"...
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not what I expected. I was convinced this would be a wonderful love story with heart and gut-wrenching twists - which it sort of was, but mostly was not. In the end, I enjoyed the read. There were, however, parts that were really tough to get through for me. Particularly Chris' long days in punishment for his suspected crime. I felt that this was an emotionally draining and confusing love story. The detail that went into Chris' and Emilys' thoughts and memories was impressive, but I was disappointed with what they revealed. Nicely written book, just didn't compare to my expectations after reading My Sister's Keeper. I'd give this book a rating of 3 1/2, if I had the option.
Date published: 2008-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW! I was recommended this book and I thought "Oh. It is a romance... I am never going to like this." But the thing is, is that I loved it! It made me cry, laugh, and even get worked up about some of the things that happened in the book. It was great, and I am probably going to read it many, many times. You should all get it if you have not read it!
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Jodi Picoult has done it again. The Pact is a beautiful, heart wrenching story that makes a person think about life and those around them. Jodi Picoult is always adept at bringing her characters to life and exploring the emotional depths and capabilities of the human psyche. Looking forward to reading another Picoult book!
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I could take or leave this book. I read the subtitle - A Love Story - and I guessed I believed it. I thought this would be lighter, more cheerful, something than her other books. But it wasn't. A love story where one of the people die on page 10. It wasn't bad but it wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books that I have read - even discounting the disappointment in not getting the book I thought I was getting. I just wasn't as interested in the story as her other one's like My Sister's Keeper. In general though, she is an author I highly recommend.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Each and every one of Jodi Picoult's books amazing more than the last. I have just finished reading The Pact and loved it so much, I read it in 3 days. I just couldn't put it down, literally. It's an amazing find and would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I have read a lot of Picoult books and have never been disappointed... this book, although probably not my favorite, lives up to Picoult's other works. I am still reading it but so far the story has been touching and the character development incredible. The various viewpoints allow the reader to see all sides of the tragedy and connect with characters in each of the roles. As a mother myself, I have cried when reading the parts from Melanie and Gus' perspectives... The flashbacks to Chris and Emily's shared childhood and blossoming romance contribute to the tragic undercurrents of her subsequent suicide and his trial. I feel certain that however the story goes, it was well worth my time.
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect title Brought an understanding of young love and teen suicide to light. Love the way the story was told.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book is soooo good! My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult is still my favorite book, but I think this book would probably be number two on my list. I find you can never predict the ending of the books that Jodi Picoult writes and this one was not a disapointnment! .
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent story but one thing... I love this novel, absolutely hands down. The characters become so real you fall in love with them, and of course that makes you go thru a huge range of emotions while reading. BUT I found that one emotion was left when I finished: anger. I could not understand why certain very important things were not revealed. It made me disappointed that the characters left at the end with no real idea of the reason behind the tragedy. Overall an excellent read!
Date published: 2008-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed ... but The suspense of the beginning grabs you and keeps you reading but there are a lot of loose ends and not enough detail. I found myself frustrated with some of the reasoning and disappointed with the ending of the book - but not the outcome of the trial. I didn't really feel that "The Pact" was made between the characters .... but I still couldn't put it away without finishing the book.
Date published: 2008-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet Again!! Yet again Jodi Picoult writes another fantastic novel. This book is one you won't put down.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful story of love, understanding and trust I loved the way that this novel was written, with each chapter jumping to a different moment in time, and also to a different characters viewpoint. This writting method really enables the reader to understand the decisions and judgements each charater makes. My only disapointment about the book, was that that some parts of the story, in particular a lack of reasoning or expression of the girls depression. But then again this could have been a particular writting choice for Picoult, expressing that no one can fully understand someones depression or reasoning for suicide, not your family, not even your other half. I highly recommend this book to all who are interested.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Insightful How little we know our teenagers - what appears on the surface is not always what is going on inside their minds. The characters in the book relay their thought processes that can be so mature yet the resolution to the problems that they encounter are upsetting but understandable.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review The Pact is often cited as Picoult's best book. I'd have to disagree. Although the general concept was good, the execution could have been much better. One of the things that first drew me to Picoult's books was her ability to weave an intricate tale without giving the reader all of the details until the end. In this book, too many details were given, and the story became disappointingly predictable.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was soo amzing. It has been the first time I have not stoped thinking about a book I've read! Jodi Picoult is an amazing author. A book like this is hard to come by, it was the first time i have ever been brought to tears, or even been on the edge of my seat! I LOVE this book.
Date published: 2007-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super! When I got this book for Christmas it seemed like it wasn't the type of book I would be interested in. Turned out to be amazing! Jodi Picoult is an excellent writer. I couldn't put this book down for a second! I will be reading other books by this author in the near future and you can count on it!!!!
Date published: 2007-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! The pact was an amazing book. Jodi Picoult knows how to capture people's attention with her strong characters that you really feel for. The pact shows you what true love is and what people will do to help the ones that they truly love.
Date published: 2007-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable This book was so intense. I have never cried during a book before but this book brought me to my knees. Spellbinding, moving, fast paced. One of the best books I have ever read and I am an avid reader. Going back for more Jodi Picoult!!
Date published: 2007-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't put it down! I'm only on page 70 and already I have laughed out loud and swallowed back tears. This book is very well-written. It's entertaining, moving, and makes you look at your own children in a different light......as respected individuals.
Date published: 2007-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Make a Pact to Read The Pact! The novel The Pact by Jodi Picoult is no ordinary love story. Full of suspense, anguish and death, The Pact will captivate readers of many different ages. Written in a first person’s point of view, Picoult tells the story of two teenagers' lifelong romance and their families’ relationships in a variety of different perspectives. Set in a small town where death is rare and suicide is out of the question, Picoult tells a story of two teens inseparable from birth and on the verge of heading off to college, that supposedly decide to take their lives in a statement of their love for each other. However that plan gets botched and the police find the couple together, her fatally wounded by gun shot wound to the head and him unconscious by her side. As the story develops, the plot thickens and questions are raised to what actually happened that night. Questions that place the remaining teen on the stand for murder in a painful but suspenseful court battle. In the novel The Pact, Jodi Picoult tests the strength of love, the power of family and the realization that perhaps in order to love someone, you have to let them go.
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best jodi picoult yet!!! All I can say about this one is go get it. It's the best one yet. This needs to be one the big screen. It's about a close relationship between 2 families who's son & daughter grow up as friends & turn into lovers. Until major tragedy strikes & then how close do these 2 families remain. A must read!!!!!
Date published: 2007-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Compelling What a fantastically realistic read. My heart was actually racing near the end and this is the first book to ever bring me to tears.
Date published: 2007-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling and complete read This was my first reading of a Jodi Picoult novel. Needless to say, it will not be my last. This book is a true treasure ,I believe, for all ages. It captures many ideas and problems in society. It is compelling and pulls you to the end. The story is an easy read and very well written. When you finish the last page you feel as if everything is completed. The story in itself is a complete story. All aspects of the story are explained. Nothing is left unfinished.
Date published: 2006-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! All I can say is get it!!! This was my favorite. This was my first Jodi Picoult & I am now hooked on her books. Iam now starting my sisters keeper & again its starting out real good. This book (the pact) was superb. GET IT!!!
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! This is the second Jodi Picoult book I have read. My Sister's Keeper being the first. I really love all of the different ideas for Ms. Picoults books. I know a lot of people who absolutely need to read every single one of her books and I understand why. She's got such great topics and you never know how she is going to end the book. Don't pick up one of her books if you can't stand to not know the ending. You never know what's going to happen and just when you think you do, she surprises you. A great read, one I would recommend.
Date published: 2006-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Picoult! If you've read any of her books, you'll know how Jodi Picoult takes very controversial topics and makes them incredibly human. No matter what you think your opinions are, she will always make you see how grey a black and white topic can be. This book is no different - it will break your hear a hundred times and make it SO HARD to put it down until the last bittersweet word. I absolutely loved this book.
Date published: 2006-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching In The Pact, Ms. Picoult has written an incredibly powerful book. It's heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time.She has an incredible talent with words and has created a story that is powerful. I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this book to anyone who is up for a serious read. You can't be wanting a light bit of fluff to take your mind off things. The Pact is thought provoking and amazing.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fabulous!!!! The Pact was a wonder ful read I was not able to put it down. Jodi Picoult has a way with her words that keep you attached to her characters and to keep thinking about them and what they have gone through even after you've finished reading the book. A book that makes that happen is a MUST READ!! If you want to read a love story that makes you smile,cry and shock you all at the same time try reading The Pact you will enjoy it guaranteed!! Have fun!!
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sad and thought provoking My bookclub read this for out May 2006 selection. We all found it a very well written if sad story. We had one of our best discussions every. Besides the moral issues of teen or any other suicide, we talked of how it effects everyone, blame, and consequences. A lot of books leave you as soon as you finish them but this one leaves you thinking about what will happen to all the characters long after you turn the last page.
Date published: 2006-06-02