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Publisher's Summary

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.
©2007 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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Waste of time

Incredibly slow and predictable... the reader was no engaging.. could of been played out in 1 chapter

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A story

I enjoyed this story. It had an interesting story line. However I am disappointed that Emilie's story didn't get completed in the way that her truth never fully came to light. Since her mother disposed of the journal no one ever really knows how Emily felt and why she was depressed. Yes the baby was part of it but there was a lot more. I wanted her story to be told.
Also the reader of the story does fine for the male voices however I absolutely hate hearing a man try to imitate a female voice. It makes the female character sound stupid or unintelligent. It can ruin the story for me.
Otherwise it was a decent book.

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Somewhat unbelievable

Chris - one of the main characters - is unbelievable in his naiveté. His behavior borders on just plain stupidity. While Miss Picout is a great story teller and often deals with difficult subjects, this one didn't have the ring of truth. I agree with some of the reviewers who believed the book needed some serious editing.

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Amazing!

Amazing book! I could listen to it over and over again! Absolutely loved it! I definitely recommend it!

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Disappointing and Frustrating

The narrator did a good job. The story was disappointing. Sex scenes that didn't fit. The entire truth never came out. Frustrating!

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The Pact

Wonderful story. The only thing is, there was one part of Emilies story that I felt was forgotten. I think this story was well written and the narrator was fabulous. I recommend this story and I wonder if anyone else noticed the part I mentioned.

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Excellent Story, but Too Long

What did you like best about The Pact? What did you like least?

I loved the story behind The Pact. I loved the hot topic issue, how Picoult is always pushing ideas that are controversial. I even loved the ending! I also thought the narrator did an excellent job. What did I like least? The length. I thought this book was just too long. I feel the author could have done some editing and trimmed down a good bit to make a nicer, neater, tighter novel.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I think the most interesting aspect of the story was the trial. The expert witnesses that testified to how children and teens can express thoughts of suicide and depression. Least interesting? The repetition that seemed to occur in the description of Emily and Chris.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

I loved Jordan. I loved his confidence, his attitude, his knowledge of strengths and how to use them.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This book is a movie, and yes, I have already gotten it. It is sitting on my kitchen table right now waiting on me to finish the book. I plan on watching tonight!

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Heartbreaking

This is such a tragic story. I do wish that there had been something written about Emily's diary and how her mom felt after reading it.

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Really liked this book.

A little too long. Needed some a bridging in my opinion but very surprising as are all her books.

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A hidden gem

I found this book on a BOGO sale and it turned out to be a wonderful find. It's a beautifully told story about love and loss. The characters are fleshed out well and you feel like you know them by the end. The book is long and flashes back and forth through the eyes of different characters but it's followed easily. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.