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The Pact by Jodi Picoult

The Pact (1998)

by Jodi Picoult

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Another good book by this author. A page turner. A modern Romeo and Juliet - sort of. Christopher and Emily grow. up as best friends and it is the family's hope they someday get married. The families live next door to each other and Chris and Emily become part of each others families. Emily experiences a child abuse incident as a 9 year old girl and never tells a soul, even Chris. As it eats away at her she has decided the other escape is through death. The whole story revolves around Chris who was there when Emily kills herself and he starts off saying it was a double suicide gone awry. He spends most of his Senior year in H.S in jail and you don't really find out what happened when Emily died until the end of the book! ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 26, 2017 |
I couldn't put it down. I wanted more, more, more!

"The Pact" has something to do between seventeen-year-old Emily Gold and seventeen-year-old Chris Harte. The pair had been best friends their entire lives and later end up as lovers. Picoult takes us through the “now” and “then” to help us understand the story and the characters. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
If you have or have ever had teenage children, you've got to read this book. It is so true that as older adults we tend to forget, perhaps intentionally teenage angst, the emotional turmoil accompanied with those years. Done so well, Picoult captures that time of life, of everyone's life, so well in this classic story of teenage love and loss. ( )
  Bauernfeind | Jun 4, 2016 |
I liked the book. I enjoy Picoult's view of social circumstances, but I felt that there were loose ends not resolved. Chris should have discovered what happened to Emily in the McDonald's. Emily's dad should have found out about the journal Melanie found. Just thought there were things left open ended. ( )
  Kay_Downing | Apr 28, 2016 |
I had the opportunity to read this book when I was managing a Chapter 11 Bookstore in Snellville, Ga. Ms Picoult was was going to be signing copies of her new book The Pact, I read the book before the event. Tough subject matter but one that could use plenty of discussion and this book provides a starting point with many different perspectives. I had a hard time putting this one down, I was pulled into the story and could feel the characters pain as the story unfolded. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
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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 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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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.

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A teenage suicide pact between a pregnant girl and her boyfriend, both children of wealthy New England families. He shoots her, but fails to shoot himself and is charged with murder. At the trial he explains what made them do it.

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