The Pact

by Jodi Picoult | Other |
ISBN: 0340838035 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Scarlett17 of Bexley, Kent United Kingdom on 11/25/2005
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Scarlett17 from Bexley, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, November 25, 2005
From the back cover:
The Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other for eighteen years. They have shared everything from family picnics to chicken pox so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more.
When the midnight calls come in from the hospital, no one is prepared: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head, inflicted by Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact. He tells police the next bullet was meant for himself. A local detective has her doubts. And the Hartes and the Golds must face every parent's worst nightmare and question : do we ever really know our children at all?

I really enjoyed this book. I'd read and loved My Sister's Keeper so I was really looking forward to this one and wasn't disappointed. I had to keep reading on to find out what was happening and what had happened. (The story is told in alternating "Then" and "Now" chapters, which sounds confusing but wasn't on the whole). There were a couple of moments where I'd second-guessed what was about to happen which was a shame. I felt so much for all the characters. The story is so tragic, and told in a very real way. At the end, I almost felt I knew them.
I'm offering this, my second copy, as a bookring.

Journal Entry 2 by Scarlett17 from Bexley, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, December 05, 2005
OK. Bookring order is finalised as follows. I hope I've allowed for everyone's mailing preferences.
1. Di78 (UK)
2. Cloggy (UK)
3. Tammywith2kids (US)
4. Queensknob (US)
5. Frangipani04 (Portugal)(mailing order edited to put Conto after Frangipani04)
6. Conto (Portugal)
7. TracyR (UK)
then back to me!

Please journal the book when you receive it so we all know it's arrived safely, and please try not to keep it more than a month. If you have any difficulties please PM me and we can try to sort them out! Above all, I hope you all enjoy the book.

Journal Entry 3 by Di78 from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Arrived this moorning and I've already started it.
Thanks for the Bring Scarlett17!

Journal Entry 4 by Di78 from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, January 07, 2006
It's the first book from Jodi Picoult that I've read. Really liked. Some times was impossible to stop reading, but I took a little more time due to Christmas. I really liked the change between "Now" and "Then",I think that gives more "action" to the book.
I hope to read more from Jodi Picoult in the future. Thank you for this Bring.

It's going to the post today to Cloggy.

Journal Entry 5 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, January 09, 2006
Arrived with me safely this morning. Can't wait to read it.
Thanks Scarlett17 and Di78 for sharing.

Journal Entry 6 by cloggy from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Another gripping novel by Picoult. So why a 7 and not a higher score? Probably because I read My Sister's Keeper only a few months ago. The Pact is very similar in form to MSK. It reads as an earlier attempt at the same style: something happens, we see it from a few different viewpoints, parents not fully understanding their children, there is a court case and we see something of the private life of the lawyers as well. Sound familiar?

However, it makes for compulsive reading, I read it in about a day and couldn't put it down. You still want to know what has happened, how it has happened and Picoult manages to make sense of what is a difficult subject - as she did with My Sister's Keeper. So I enjoyed it, but it was just too much along the same lines for me, even if the subject was different.

It will go in the post to the next on the list tomorrow.

Journal Entry 7 by tammywith2kids from Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday, March 05, 2006
Unfortunately I am going to have to pass this book on without reading it. Real life has struck and I just don't have time to sit down and read.

Journal Entry 8 by queensknob from Wytheville, Virginia USA on Monday, March 13, 2006
March 28, 2006 sending book along to Frangipani04.

This was a terrific book, and I have truly enjoyed reading it. It was much different from My Sister's Keeper. I can put myself into this book, because I have been there with most of these feelings. I have had the suicidal thoughts at different points in my life...I have had the unwanted pregnancy...I have stood by my son when he had difficult decisions to make...I am still here, but only because of someone to love me.

Journal Entry 9 by Frangipani04 on Thursday, June 01, 2006
It was a long trip, but the book arrived safely yesterday! Curiously, I finished yesterday reading Plain Truth, which was my first Jodi Picoult book. I'm looking forward to read this one now. Thank you for sending it, Queensknob, and thank you for sharing it, Scarlett!

Journal Entry 10 by Frangipani04 on Sunday, June 18, 2006
I really loved this book! I read Plain Truth, by the same author, a couple of weeks ago and I liked it a lot, though I admit I like this one a lot better! Chris and Emily would be as old as I am, which made me gain some simpathy right in the beginning. The phoney calls they made as kids, the forbiden books taken from the shelves made me laugh as I recalled similar things I did with my friends as a kid. Then the plot became gradually more and more interesting and I couldn't stop reading. I was extremely captivated by the unfolding of the story (both now and then), by the way the characters became my 'friends' and by the suspense that grew page over page.

Thanks a lot for sharing this book, Scarlett! I loved it and am looking forward to read more books by this author.

The book will resume its journey as soon as I have Conto's address!

30/06 - sent today to conto. It's just a very very short journey!

Journal Entry 11 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, July 03, 2006
And it did arrive quick enough!
Thanks a lot, Frangipani04...

It's the next one on the list, therefore, I guess I won't take long!

Journal Entry 12 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, July 17, 2006
Well, I guess I took a little bit longer with this book than I expected but I also expected to like it much more than I did... I had heard so much about Picoult I thought I would feel grabbed by it but I didn't! Maybe I just had some higher expectations than I should have.
It just didn´t feel so believeble as all that and felt like it was going on, and on, and on without any real need for it.
It was my first book from this author, but I don't think I'll be reading any other, once it seems to be kind of a recipe she's foud, or so it seems for what cloggy's JE says...

Anyway it was great to finally take this one out of my wishlist, leaving some space for all the others that keep apeearing! Thanks a lot for that, Scarlett17!!

Waiting on TracyR's address by now...

21.07.2006 - Gone TracyR's way today!

Journal Entry 13 by TracyR on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Arrived safely with me today. Thanks to conto for sending it and thanks to Scarlett17 for sharing.
I have a couple of rings to get through in front of this one but hopefully it won't be too long before i can get to it. I have enjoyed Jodi Picoult in the past and am looking forward to this one.

Journal Entry 14 by TracyR on Saturday, August 19, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though i had guessed how it would end. Every spare moment i had was spent with my head in the book and i was not disappointed.
I have enjoyed every Jodi Picoult i have read up until now and have another 2 on my TBR mountain which i hope to get to in the not too distant future.
Thanks for sharing this Scarlett17. I will get this out in the post to you once i have your new address.

Journal Entry 15 by TracyR on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Sent out in the post today.

Journal Entry 16 by Scarlett17 from Bexley, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, August 26, 2006
The book has come home! To a new home (I've moved house since I sent it out so this book has travelled even more than I intended!). Thank you all for looking after it and for ensuring its safe return.
Since this is a travelling copy of this book, I have decided to take it to the Kent BCUK meetup tomorrow. There's a new OBCZ opening in Maidstone so, if none of the Kent BCers want it, I shall leave it as one of the inaugural collection at the OBCZ.

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