The Pact - Lost Bookring

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0688170528 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Sherri5762 of Houston, Texas USA on 3/13/2004
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13 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Sherri5762 from Houston, Texas USA on Saturday, March 13, 2004
This book is auto-catagorized as Literature and Fiction, but it could just as accurately be described as a mystery, or a thriller. I recently finished reading The Last Juror by John Grisham, and I have to say, The Pact was WAY better. I've read two other Jodi Picoult books, and I have to say this one follows a very similar theme as Mercy (how much would you do, how far would you go, for someone you love?) Kind of disturbing.

The story line synopsis, in my own words...

Chris and Emily have known each other their whole lives, literally. Their parents are the best of friends, and the two families spend almost all of their free time together. As Chris and Emily grow up, they are as close as brother and sister, and they eventually fall in love. So when Emily ends up dead and Chris says it was to have been a mutual suicide, their parents, friends and the whole town are in shock.

There are many twists and turns to this story line. I have to admit, I didnt' see the ending coming the way it did.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. I'm going to let my hubby read it, then I may just make it into a book ring.

Journal Entry 2 by Sherri5762 from Houston, Texas USA on Saturday, March 20, 2004
OK, hubby is done with it and now I'm going to make this a book ring. Please PM me with your details (your BC screen name, state/country, and your availibility to ship overseas if need be) and I'll add you to the list.

Journal Entry 3 by Sherri5762 from Houston, Texas USA on Friday, March 26, 2004
Here is the list of book ring participants:

tabby 90, NC, US only
three104, WI, US only
nvangel2073, NV, US only
cait017, OH, will ship
jarrett622, VA,
legs, MO
mysteryfan03, MO, Ship anywhere
neena11, Canada
lv2crop, IL
jinnayah, MI, will ship
Sweetpea0678, FL
SCA2003, FL/OH (moving), US Only,
Michalie, TX
Sherri5762, TX
roelina, Australia, Will ship

Journal Entry 4 by tabby90 from High Point, North Carolina USA on Saturday, April 10, 2004
Got in the mail today, thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by tabby90 from High Point, North Carolina USA on Sunday, April 18, 2004
I knew the description of this book sounded in intriguing, but when I got it and saw on the cover that it would soon be a Lifetime original movie I was a little concerned. That is normally not my cup of tea. I was expecting a melodramatic tale of slightly unrealistic "human nature." Well, it did have a fair share of melodrama, but overall it was mostly engrossing. There were several parts of the book where I did not want to put it down. Had that lasted all the way through, it would have been a much higher rating. As is, I'm not sure if it is a love story. I think it is a story about how our perceptions of a person can be soooo very different from the person themselves. A story of how a belief, with enough time, can sometimes become a sort of truth. No matter how I look at it, I see Emily as a victim here, but I don't think Chris is to blame. I really don't want to say much more because I don't want to spoil it, but in the end, it still doesn't feel like justice was done. I don't know what should/could have been done, but it isn't neatly wrapped up with a bow on top.
But really, what is?

Release planned for Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at To another Bookcrossing member in By Post, By Post Controlled Releases.

Off to three104

Journal Entry 7 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Friday, April 23, 2004
Got this in the mail today. Will start right away.

Journal Entry 8 by ThreeSixNine from Catawba, Wisconsin USA on Sunday, April 25, 2004

I loved it. Started it yesterday and done by this afternoon. I couldn't stop. I had to find out what happend. I agree with Tabby90, that Emily was the victim here. She should have reached out, told someone.......I want to talk about this but don't want to give it away! As far as how the parents handled it, who could say how they would act in such a situation themselves? I was extremely angry with Emily's mom, Melanie, when she found Emily's Journal though and didn't do anything about it. Choose to ignore what she found--made her own little reality. I wasn't too shocked at the ending -- I didn't feel like it wasn't finished. I can't think of anything else to say that won't give it away.

Will send on to next reader nvangel via UPSP 4-27-04.

Journal Entry 9 by ThreeSixNine at on Monday, April 26, 2004
Release planned for Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at n/a in n/a, Sent to another BookCrosser Controlled Releases.

Journal Entry 10 by nvangel2073 from Moab, Utah USA on Saturday, May 01, 2004
just got this book in the mail from three104
Thank you very much I will read ASAP

Journal Entry 11 by nvangel2073 from Moab, Utah USA on Thursday, June 03, 2004
I loved this book, once I got past the slow parts. Very intense. Emontional draining.
Going to send this book to the next person.
I hope you like too.

Journal Entry 12 by nvangel2073 at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, RABCK in Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, June 14, 2004
Released on Monday, June 14, 2004 at Mailing to fellow bookcrosser in Cincinnati, Ohio USA.

sending this out today
sorry the delay.

Journal Entry 13 by cait017 from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, June 21, 2004
Received in the mail on Saturday. Luckily I've just finished a bookring, so I've started it already! It's definitely a page turner so far! Will update later... Thanks nvangel2063!


Update: June 27

I stayed up late on Friday night in order to finish this. I must say, this novel is excellent, especially in terms of suspense. I could definitely see the entire plot as a Lifetime movie as I read. However, I'm embarassed to admit that I do watch the occasional Lifetime movie, so that wasn't a turn-off for me.

I don't really know what to say about the story line, writing, etc. Plus, I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet. It was interesting to read the interview with Picoult at the end of the book after I finished it, especially in terms of what she thought about the way this specific story turned out. I don't think this is the best writing that I've read lately, but like I said, it is a page-turner!!

I have a couple of Picoult's other books on my bookshelf, so I'm inclined to try those out soon.

I'll ship this off to jarrett622 on Monday!

Journal Entry 14 by jarrett622 from Clayton, Georgia USA on Tuesday, July 06, 2004
This was the PO this morning with 4 other books. Not sure what books I have yet so not sure what order I'm reading them in. :-)

July 14. This book blew me away. There's so much I'd like to comment on about this story but I don't want to spoil it for anyone coming after. Emily was the victim. Of more than just what occurred that night. And Chris was a victim as well...of their upbringin as much as Emily was. Not sure if I want to see the movie or not.

I'll be sending this on to legs as soon as I have an address! :-)

Journal Entry 15 by legs from Merriam, Kansas USA on Friday, July 23, 2004
a page turner. mailied to mysteryfan03 on 7-24-04. thanks, sherri5762 for the ring.
Could someone spread the word if you notice the movie listed on Lifetime?

Journal Entry 16 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Got this in the mail today! I do have a few rings in front of it though. Thanks for sending it.

Journal Entry 17 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Friday, September 03, 2004
Wow! I could not put this book down once I started reading! I had a hard time relating to Emily for some reason, perhaps because she is only described thru others eyes. It is so hard to comment on the story without spoilers, so you can highlight my comments below to read them, but only if you have read the story already :+)

I was surprised that Kate seemed to be left out in the ending. The author worked hard to include her in the story, but then did not mention her at all in the last pages when Chris was found not guilty and returned to his life. I was happy that the Hartes became closer and that James finally was there for Gus. I had been thinking that maybe she would have an affair with Michael since they both needed someone to be close to and James and Melanie were in their own worlds.
I was surprised that the author believed that Chris should have been found guilty, but she wrote it to keep from making her readers angry.
I also was a little confused about the molestation incident when Emily was little. It seemed way too important to her (NOT that it is not a big thing, it is) but she reacted more as if it had happened for years or she had been raped. This storyline seemed to be the root of her problems in the beginning, but then, all of a sudden, the author tried to make the relationship of brother/sister, boyfriend/girlfriend out to be the origin of Emily's depression. So, I wasn't sure why the molestation incident was included and expanded upon.

There is an interesting section in the back of the book with thought provoking questions and comments. Thanks so much for sharing this book!!

Journal Entry 18 by Neena11 from Melfort, Saskatchewan Canada on Wednesday, December 08, 2004
This came in the mail today from mysteryfan03. Thanks. I'm working on another ring, will get to this one as soon as I can. :)

Journal Entry 19 by Neena11 from Melfort, Saskatchewan Canada on Saturday, January 22, 2005
It took me awhile to get to this, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! My hubby wasn't pleased, I had my nose in the book for the whole day. One of those books that the characters stick with you for awhile.

Putting in the mail to lv2crop today.

Journal Entry 20 by lv2crop from Crystal Lake, Illinois USA on Friday, February 11, 2005
Just got it today! Can't wait to read!

March 7, 2005 - WOW, I just finished, although I had a few books in front of this one, I read this in 2 days...I was sobbing practically throughout the whole book. Don't know if it's because I have a pre-teen daughter, or if I'm just super emotional this week ! lol. Overall an excellent book by Jodi. I love reading her commentary and research on the story afterwards. However, I don't see Emily as the victim, I see her as the problem! I think Chris was the victim in the story. Their parents, well, pretty normal to be honest. I think Emily turned out to be a selfish girl who only cared about herself.

March 11, On it's way to the next person!

Journal Entry 21 by jinnayah from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Thursday, March 31, 2005
Received the book a week or so ago, but I wanted to knock off another of my current reads first. I promise to finish this in reasonably good time and pass it on.

Sounds kind of wrenching. I'm not certain if I'm looking forward to the book. So far (just past the first Chinese food scene) the style seems easy to follow and breezy.


Journal Entry 22 by jinnayah from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Saturday, April 09, 2005
This book isn't for me. I don't know why I signed up for it. I was a little apprehensive by the time I opened the package from lv2crop.

I can only handle four pages or so a day of this story, even in the "Then" chapters. That alone should be a tip-off I should send it on and finish the story with a library copy, since this is a bookring and we are supposed to be moving the book along. But it's not just that. I'm not enjoying this. It is affecting me, but (as I wrote earlier) only in a wrenching way. I don't want to rush through this, which would make it easier, because this kind of thing doesn't deserve easiness. I have myself spent time in a psychiatric hospital and I don't want to belittle the experience by not giving it my time.

On the other hand, I am proud of myself for predicting the first major twist of the book (revealed by Emily's autopsy report). I have a prediction for the next major twist, too, but I don't want to spoil it for the next reader.

An author with a gift for communicating her characters' horror and confusion is just too hard for me.

I'll be sending a PM to Sweetpea0678 today.


Journal Entry 23 by jinnayah from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Thursday, April 21, 2005
The book's out of my hands. I did read it eventually, while I was waiting to hear back from the next person. And I've been debating ever since whether I want to post honestly on it.

"It had to end before everyone around her hurt as much as she did." That's not a direct quote--I don't have the book in front of me anymore, and I couldn't bear looking it up again even if I did, but you'll know when you get to that part. That was a moment of astonishing clarity. I've felt that. I knew it. It was so hard. (I'm not going to be fully coherent through this; I apologize, but I won't be able to bear revising it.)

Two years ago, I sent my boyfriend a message telling him I was certain that in the long run I was going to hurt him, and it would be better if he could let me go before we got to that point. Within the next few days I had an amazing depth experience where I lost myself and then found my elements given back to me again by God, and so my boyfriend and I were not alienated, but it was a very hard time. The point is, in depression, a person does feel like a universal source and sink of suffering. The bad feeling does seem contagious. It's ridiculous in its own way, but that's how the world seems to work. As a depressed person, you do feel you have the power to ruin the lives of those who care for you, and it seems imminent.

And you don't want to feel better. You just want to stop feeling. And that's death, be it spiritual or physical.

Journal Entry 24 by sweetpea0678 from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Friday, May 20, 2005
Sorry I didn't journal this earlier, I thought I had. I've just finished the book today, and want to gather my thoughts before journaling the thoughts.

Be back in a few to get my thoughts out. Meanwhile will PM SCA2003 for address.

Journal Entry 25 by sweetpea0678 from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Sorry I didn't come back sooner to post my thoughts on this book.

I really liked this book. I was shocked by the ending, I thought for sure the verdict would be different. I was happy it was the way it was. Not sure if this is fair or not, but life is never black and white. I felt for Chris the entire book.

I don't want to go into details, I wish I could really make a posting here, but I hate putting too many details into journal entries, cause I do not want to ruin it for others.

Thanks so much for letting me read this book, rating it a nine out of ten.

Got SCA2003 address and will mail out tomorrow.

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Journal Entry 27 by SCA2003 from Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA on Monday, June 06, 2005
Wow, my first book at my new house! I'll be ready to read this in about a week. Thanks!

Journal Entry 28 by SCA2003 from Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
This book really made me hope that my 2 little girls and I will stay very close forever and that they REALLY do think that they can tell me everything, This book was so hard to put down. I was also very upset at Emily's mom for burning the journal and keeping her findings a secret, she could have spoken up and stopped everything from going to far. I won't say anything more and spoil it but the ending was just right!!

Journal Entry 29 by Sherri5762 from Houston, Texas USA on Saturday, May 27, 2006
Sorry to say this bookring appears to be dead. SCA2003 definitely remembers mailing it on to the next in line. And the next in line said, "I'd swear I got that and mailed it on." BUT, the next in line was a friend of mine and I'm after her in line, so if she'd mailed it on, I'd have gotten it. So I'm marking it dead and moving on... At least it got most of the way through the line.

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