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The Pact

A Love Story

By Jodi Picoult

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| Paperback | 9780060858803

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From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish -- and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came Continue

From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish -- and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came at 3:00 A.M. on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact -- leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    "Truth is in the eye of the beholder."

    When you look at someone you love, what do you see? Who he truly is? Or who everyone thinks he is? Or, who you hope him to be?

    This book gives a detailed description of teenagers' fear of th ...(continue)

    "Truth is in the eye of the beholder."

    When you look at someone you love, what do you see? Who he truly is? Or who everyone thinks he is? Or, who you hope him to be?

    This book gives a detailed description of teenagers' fear of the unknown future. They are afraid that some invisible force might tear their dreams apart, making them unable to live up to their loved ones' expectation and becoming an unbearable disappointment in both other people's life and their own life. The ever-changing uncertainty of the world they're going to step into can be frightening especially when you are already holding something too dear for you to lose.

    The courthouse part in this novel is surprisingly exciting (though the outcome seems kind of weird), and with the specially arranged crisscross of the timeline, you won't be able to put down the novel before you finish reading it.

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    Everlastings said on Jan 4, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    一個觀察入微、心思細膩,也很會說故事的作家。
    最喜歡她用每個人日常的小動作、小事件來堆疊出一個個完整的角色,
    那種死了或受傷了會讓你心疼不已的角色。
    The Pact是個悲劇性的故事,
    現代版的反羅密歐與茱麗葉,
    兩人從小到大都住在隔壁、玩在一起,被雙方家長和旁人所祝福,
    這樣的兩人又為何走到了盡頭。
    描寫非常細膩,很有畫面,人物的一舉一動都非常符合他內心的掙扎。
    情感非常深奧的一本書。

    讀到目前為止最喜歡的作品(Jodi Picoult中最喜歡的,也是所有小說中最喜歡的)

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    thirdjean said on Aug 2, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    ...a love story??

    I seriously cannot see how so many people found this book even slightly "romantic". There is nothing romantic in Emily and Chris's relationship, but rather I found their "love" disturbing. He almost forces himself on her, not understanding (or maybe ...(continue)

    I seriously cannot see how so many people found this book even slightly "romantic". There is nothing romantic in Emily and Chris's relationship, but rather I found their "love" disturbing. He almost forces himself on her, not understanding (or maybe ignoring) her discomfort. Then, how are we are supposed to believe these two were two halves of a whole?

    I could not empathize with Emily at all, I was completely unable to feel sorry for her. The plot was just not really credible. It all felt pretty unnatural, I was expecting something more by this author, which usually entertains me pretty well.

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    Vaiolet said on Jul 4, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    這是第一本接觸Jodi Picoult 的書,在我還不知道他如此鼎鼎有名之前。而這也是我最喜歡的她的作品。(說最喜歡,但其實也沒看過幾本)

    如同其他的西洋作家,Jodi的故事精彩在於其發想,她尤其擅長發生於美國鄉村生活,但是卻極為極端的社會議題。或許是因為這樣,所以衝擊性更大。因為生活是可以想像的,這也平常化了這些具爭議性的議題,畢竟Impossible is nothing, 何況是在這光怪陸離的社會。

    然而,因為人性的糾雜盤纏,讓這些議題有了深化的可能。Jodi在這本書用不同角色的角度 ...(continue)

    這是第一本接觸Jodi Picoult 的書,在我還不知道他如此鼎鼎有名之前。而這也是我最喜歡的她的作品。(說最喜歡,但其實也沒看過幾本)

    如同其他的西洋作家,Jodi的故事精彩在於其發想,她尤其擅長發生於美國鄉村生活,但是卻極為極端的社會議題。或許是因為這樣,所以衝擊性更大。因為生活是可以想像的,這也平常化了這些具爭議性的議題,畢竟Impossible is nothing, 何況是在這光怪陸離的社會。

    然而,因為人性的糾雜盤纏,讓這些議題有了深化的可能。Jodi在這本書用不同角色的角度,去發展情節,也深入其心情的書寫,讓讀者隨之想像,如果我是男主角的父母,如果我是女主角的父母,或是男主角本人,那麼我該用怎樣的心情去面對這一切的棘手難題。正是因為如此,讀者不至於陷入一種偏執的執著,去責怪是誰對誰錯,畢竟,在真實人生裡,很多事情的發生,即使事情本身是錯誤的,但是,所有參與的人,沒有絕對的對錯。

    只是在那一個瞬間,我們被迫面對,被迫選擇。或許,後悔的時間,是一生;是許多人的一生。

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    Wannajoy said on May 20, 2011 | Add your feedback

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