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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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Loved This Book

i absolutely loved it.. so much emotion from the start. well written, great story, great twist!

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Sad

Very sad story but I enjoyed the performance. I did feel a connection to the characters and that's important to me.

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Not the usual

Once again Jodi Picoult has kept me engaged to the last word. It as the excellent plot and not knowing the truth until the very end. However, for me, there was entirely too much sex!! Not usual for Picoult. Waaay too much.

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  • 03-28-16

Loved this book

Jodi Picoult is my favorite author. Just when you think you have picked a side she opens your eyes and heart to the other side.

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Non-spoiler alert

I can't really spoil this book for readers of this review because I listened to the bitter end and still don't have a clue.

Like others, this book follows a formula, but I keep reading Ms Picoult's books because I enjoy her writing. Unlike other of her books, this one leaves us hanging. Why did Emily feel so dirty? What was the big secret she couldn't share with Chris? Why was it so bad that she felt like giving up her life? And why did the jury make the decision it did? LOOSE ENDS

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Huh?

Ending very dissatisfying. Not sure why it took so long to tell this non-story.

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Dull and not very smart

Normally I love anything George Guidall narrates but he just did not fit these characters and story. Still a great narrator but the material he had to work with proved to dull for his style.

My main issue is not with the narration but with the ridiculous and foolish characters and plot. It just wasn't a very smart novel. I rolled my eyes quite a bit while listening. This novel wasn't for me. I will continue to seek out Jodi Picoult books because I've read some real gems from her...this one was not one of her best.

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I thought it was going to be for teens

When I read the publishers information about this book, I wasn't really intrigued. But it was highly recommended by a friend and had high reviews. I bought it and was hooked immediately! Rich and relatable characters, multiple layers, and fantastic story telling. Well done!

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Very sad tale

All stories do not have happy endings and this certainly does not. I listened to the end waiting for a silver lining, but true to life and similar circumstances there was no silver lining, no sense to teenage minds that have turned...

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Interesting concept

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Sweet story, interesting concept. Definitely keeps you wondering until the end. Jodi Piccoult seems to be consistently reliable in this way.