The Pact

Cora Longoria, Contributing Writer

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Picture this: all your life, you’ve known and grown up with the boy/girl next door. Not a day goes by where the two of you aren’t together. Overtime, those feelings continue to grow and you begin dating. Well, what if one day, your best friend, your boyfriend/girlfriend, told you that they wanted to kill themselves? But they wanted you to commit with them as well. And that’s when you make the pact.

This is the standard of The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This book is about two families, the Golds and the Hartes, who have been living next to each for some time; long enough for Melanie and Michael Gold’s daughter, Emily, and Gus and James’ son Chris, to grow up with each other next door. The two kids were inseparable since the beginning. There was never a day where they weren’t together, laughing and smiling. They begun a relationship in their teenage years when suddenly, Emily became very depressed.

On a day that Emily and Chris were out together on a date, a single gunshot was fired. Emily was found dead at the scene and Chris was found with a gun. But the conflict of the entire novel was did Chris really murder Emily?

One thing very unique about this novel is that the plot is revealed within the first couple of chapters, something that is not very common in the writing world. Most authors wait till the middle or the end of the story to reveal or make something drastic happen. On top of that, most authors like to keep their readers on their toes throughout the entire story. Well, Jodi Picoult definitely kept this reader on her toes while STILL revealing the most drastic part of the story at the beginning. The rest of the novel deals with and discusses Chris being on trial and whether or not he will or will not be found guilty.

Jodi Picoult’s writing really captures of the essence of being able to make the writer feel something. Her writing is very impactful with the ability to make you feel hatred for one character and then completely turn your feelings around. The ability to twist your feelings around into tiny little knots is, in my opinion, a great characteristic of a strong writer.

I would definitely give this book 5/5 stars. I love this book and would definitely recommend this book to others, but something you have to look out for is that the ending  was cut short. I believe though, that even though the ending seemed to be cut short, it was cut short at the right spot. Although I’m sure some people would heavily disagree with me on that. I know that some people don’t like short endings and sometimes want a little more out of them. At the very end, you get to read the epilogue, the aftermath, of the story and get to catch up on how the Gold’s and the Harte’s are doing in relations to each other. It’s a very suspenseful novel, but definitely worth the read!

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