The Pact by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely love this book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started it because I have heard a few reviews where people didn't really care for Jodi's writing, but I loved it!!
I could not put this book down. Everytime I did I kept thinking about it and what would happen next.
This story is about a teenage boy and girl, Chris and Emily, who grew up together. They live next door to each other and literally have known each other since they were born. Their parents are the best of friends and Chris and Emily grow real close also.
Since they are babies Chris and Emily spent all their time together. Up through their highschool days they were inseparable so it was only natural that they would start to date.
Sometime when Emily is 15 she starts to become depressed and suicidal. She confesses to Chris what she feeling and makes him promise not to tell no-one. What starts off as something that Chris thinks he can handle turns quickly into something too big for him and Emily ends up dying as a result and Chris is arrested and stands trial for the death of her.
But did Chris do it? Was he involved in Emilys actual death or was he just at the scene?
This book goes back and forth between "Then" and "Now" showing what led up the tragic moment and what is happening in the "now" with Chris and his trial.
I love the way this story is written. It makes you feel like you are a part of this book. You feel as if you really know the characters and you feel such empathy towards them.
This story covers love, real love, the pure kind that only a teenager feels. The intense kind of love where you feel nothing else matters except the one you are with. What would you do for your "true love"? How far would you go to make them happy?
This story also covers tragedy and what people go through and how some people cope with loss such as this. Emilys parents each deal with her death differently, just as Chris's parents each deal with his arrest and trial differently.
This story covers acceptance, even after such a huge event in ones life. One that alters it so much you don't know if you will ever be "normal" again.
This story covers such an intense subject matter and is a really deep read. It is not for the feignt of heart. There were a few times I had to put the book down for a minute just to get my head around what was happening, but I always had to go back to it a little while later because it was that good!
So if you haven't, please pick up "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult and check it out...
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