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The Pact : A Love Story
The Pact A Love Story
Author: Jodi Picoult
Friendship, loyalty, lifelong love -- and teenage suicide. A riveting, timely, and terrifying novel from an acclaimed writer who skillfully intertwines the intimate perceptions of Anne Tyler with the dramatic tension of John Grisham The Golds and the Hartes, neighbors for eighteen years, have always been inseparable. So have their children-and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780688158125
ISBN-10: 0688158129
Publication Date: 5/6/1998
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 16
I struggled with this book. I understand the premise of this book, but at the same time, I just couldn't see myself in the position that the main character found himself him. Yes, I was moved during reading parts of this book, but at the same time I felt vaguely unsatisfied with it. I just didn't buy into the main characters reasons for what he did. They didn't seem believable to me. So, I would hesitatingly recommend this book.
paigu avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 120 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 15
Haunting....Jodi Picoult is genius at writing about the deepest and darkest emotions. Don't be fooled by the title, this is not some fluffy love story.
ScoutDarcy avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
The second of Picoult's books that I read, the first being the excellent My Sister's Keeper. She does a great job portraying families in crisis, and also making the court cases convincing, so you wonder whose side is really right. The characters were well-drawn, though there were some predictable elements, and I do wish there had been some more flashbacks to Emily and Chris' youth. Overall, though, a wonderful book.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I would suggest "The Pact: A Love Story" to anyone who enjoys a mystery & love story intertwined...Ms. Picoult really captured the love between two people and developed the characters in the book so that I felt as if I knew them personally.
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Helpful Score: 11
This was the first of Jodi Picoult's book I read, and it won't be the last. From the beginning I was hooked on her writing style and ended up ordering and placing all of her books on my wish list.

The Pact is a beautifully haunting story about true love and what one will do for love. It kept me guessing till the very end, a real page turner. The ending isn't quite the way I would have wanted however, maybe she will have a sequel. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I really, really loved it!
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Chris and Emily have been good friends since they were born. Their parents have always been friends, and they were destined to become a couple once they entered their teenage years. They are always together and are seemingly very in love.

Until Emily ends up dead, and Chris was the only other person there when she died.

What happens? Will the kids that always seemed so happy rip these families apart? Did Chris really kill Emily? What really happened the night of her death?

Too much cannot be said without giving away the ending of the story. This is another book from Jodi Picoult that makes you think. There are a few predicable scenes, but still enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. A good read for someone who is curious about how lives that seem so perfect can change so fast.
reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 7 more book reviews
A very touching love story.
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Another thought provoking book by Jodi Picoult. She has become one of my favorite authors. This is a story of two teens, raised as neighbors, and nearly brother and sister for years. What happens when one of them wants to commit suicide? Picoult brings out the personalities of all the characters involved in this tale. I could not stop reading!
reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 77 more book reviews
The positives: it was a good story, it drew me in fast, I wanted to keep reading especially as the story progressed. The negatives: Naming a main character Gus, JUST DIDN'T WORK. Every single time this name was mentioned, it was jarring. It is a man's name. I have NEVER heard of a woman named Gus. My brain thought of a man, then had to remember, NO, Gus is a woman. Very weird. I hated this. Gus and James. Who on earth would name a couple this? PLUS a prosecutor named Barrie. What does this author have with man names for women?

More weirdness: in her efforts to write creatively, and probably using a thesaurus a lot, the author uses verbs (????) like spooned, as in, "her body spooned his". Again, I found this jarring. It just didn't flow. It sounded....awkward. And this wasn't the only weird verb that broke the spell, and made me screw up my face and go, "What???" I'm an accomplished reader, a former English major, a reader of just about everything - but this doesn't work for me.

I also thought the author expected too many willing suspensions of disbelief from the reader. In real life, seriously, would a high schooler have gone along with aiding his supposedly beloved girlfriend to kill herself, just because she wants it? Come on. The kids are too smart these days for that. OK, you argue he DIDN't aid her. But bringing out Daddy's gun, and Daddy's bullets, just to NOT help his girlfriend commit suicide....it's a little far fetched. I think only a zombie would have complied with these kinds of requests.

The novel was thought provoking, and that seems to be what J. Picoult writes.
reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 6 more book reviews
In my opinion, not the best Jodi Picoult, but good. Interesting topic and worth reading
hdm0909 avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 2 more book reviews
This one had me hooked in the beginning, but in the middle i was forcing myself to pick it up. But the end was very good. I would not recommend it if you have trouble with a dry book.
jwigg avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 39 more book reviews
This was my first book from Picoult and I loved it. I got to know the characters and share in their joys, confusion, memories, and sadness. I have recommended this to several friends.
tiffanyartiaga avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on
I loved this book, it was really exciting to try to figure out what had actually happened. At the same time it was sad that because of a secret a 17 year old had to die over it.
kendrawarstler avatar reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 11 more book reviews
A heart wrenching yet beautiful story. I love Jodi Picoult because she makes you feel like you're a part of the story, that they're real. One that leaves you wondering what will happen next and so hard to put down. A great read! 5 stars!
reviewed The Pact : A Love Story on + 36 more book reviews
This story had so much. Characters you could relate to, relationships you could see change, a horrible situation, and a tragedy that was very real in today's world. Jodi Picoult is a one-of-a-kind author who has a true gift for portraying emotions that leaves you thinking long after the last page.
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This was the third Picoult book I read.
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Picoult's books always leave you thoughtful even as you wipe away the tears.


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