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Pact (original 1998; edition 2005)

by Jodi Picoult

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Title:Pact
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:Hodder & Stoughton General Division (2005), Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Teenage pact suicide. Great read but a bit depressing.

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The Pact by Jodi Picoult (1998)

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Heart wrenching. Good, believable ending. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
What a painful and difficult book to read. The boy and girl next door - sharing from bassinette to mud baths to intimacy to death - how this shattering ending to the families' most cherished fairy tale wounds them all. ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 26, 2014 |
Enjoyed & am finally donating as I need to cull bookshelves before moving. ( )
  anissaannalise | Jan 1, 2014 |
This book was 200 pages too long, contained poorly written sex scenes, flimsy subplots and a really unsatisfying Epilogue. I don't even think anything passed the verdict announcement was necessary. ( )
  tealightful | Sep 24, 2013 |
Sometimes there are those families who grow up together and spend so much time around each other they may as well be members of the same tribe. Mothers act like aunties to their friend’s children, and every memory from childhood onwards involves those other people who aren’t quite family, but are closer than your own blood. But sometimes those families are only ties together by one string, so what happens when that string is severed?

That’s what life is like for the Hartes & the Golds. The neighbours live in each others pockets, parents are best friends and their teenage children are soul mates. All that is snatched away one night when Emily is found dead at seventeen with Chris holding his father’s gun. The single bullet left in the gun, Chris tells the police, was intended for himself. A suicide pact between teenage lovers.

As detectives question Chris’ story, the life the Hartes and the Golds have built for themselves is torn apart.

This is my favourite books she’s written, it’s a lot fresher than some of her later books such as Change of Heart and Handle with Care but it’s written by an author with more experience than Mercy and Picture Perfect. In this early book she was developing her formula but she hadn’t yet fallen into a pattern. We have a family drama, a courtroom drama and a big twist at the end.

The characters are well-rounded and deeply flawed: they make stupid decisions because they’re human. Who knows how they would react to those circumstances?

The twist isn’t such a surprise, but I don’t think it was ever intended to be. It’s fairly obvious what happened, and why it happened, but the journey towards the conclusion is all that matters. It’s on that journey that we learn about these two families and the impact that so many expectations can have on young soul mates. I felt intensely sorry for Chris, more than I did for Emily.

http://annikisbookcase.com/2013/06/the-pact-by-jodi-picoult/ ( )
  anniki | Jul 15, 2013 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061150142, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:00 -0400)

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For 18 years the Hartes and Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. Parents and children alike are best friends--so it's no surprise that Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born. When calls come in from the hospital, no one is prepared for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. The gun holds a single bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself, but a local detective has his doubts.… (more)

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