By Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Language: English | Number of Pages: 389 | Format: Paperback
Isbn-10: 006085880X | Isbn-13: 9780060858803 | Publish date: 01/03/2006
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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 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.
"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.
Everlastings said on Jan 04, 2013, 08:39
jelabino said on Mar 22, 2012, 02:23
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thirdjean said on Aug 02, 2011, 13:03
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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.
Vaiolet said on Jul 04, 2011, 11:23
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。
Wannajoy said on May 20, 2011, 11:18
Cherry Wang said on Mar 04, 2010, 06:06
Michael Wei-Chih LIU said on May 10, 2009, 15:14
The auther was inspired by her previous life as an English teacher that one little girl of her students was suicidal. That girl was very lucky because her parents, her guildance counselor and four subject teachers were known about her situation and they all work hard to keep her focused. But the teenage girl Emily Gold is not that lucky in this book that no one knows she is suicidal until she died. The only person Emily turns to is Chris Hartes who is her life-time friend and lover for their family Hartes and Golds have lived next door to each other for eighteen years that they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives.
The aurther also wants to write an anti-Romeo and Juliet story: Emily turns to Chris and asks his help not to save her life but help her to suicide instead of they commit suicide together; and two very close family intead of enemies. So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet-- a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.
Emily made Chris to commit a pact which leads to lies and ultimately destruction of two families. It’s a tragedy (although I have several options to prevent it in my mind), a love story, and court-room drama (my faverate part) all rolled into one, and Jodi Picoult make her the best storyteller amazingly once again.
Snow White said on Jun 16, 2008, 09:47
SaraA said on May 18, 2008, 16:49