"The Pact" by Jodi Picoult is a novel by an author who truly captures the emotions of youth in love. This is a first rate psychological drama that teens and adults will enjoy reading, discussing, and hopefully learning the devastating lesson of an unreported sexual assault. Chris and Emily are soul mates nearly from birth as they live next door to each other and their parents are best friends. Chris and Emily are so close that if one is in pain the other is also in pain. Naturally their close friendship blossoms into a love relationship in their teen years, and they truly do love each other. However Emily, at age 9, on a dare from Chris, uses the mens room instead of the ladies room and is sexually assaulted. She tells no one, not even Chris. As their relationship advances she loves to kiss Chris but perceives sex as a nasty and dirty thing. She cannot differentiate between good feelings and bad feelings. Chris pressures her to have sex and Emily becomes more and more depressed and eventually suicidal. The unreported sexual assault pushes her to want to die and engages her best friend Chris to help end her life. "The Pact" presents a good picture of families in crisis and opens many questions about healthy parenting. This is a tragic story for both families, akin to "Romeo and Juliet" except the families are not warring, but rather are too close to be objective. (Feedback about this item is really appreciated, and I invite you to become a follower to receive notices of FREEBIES, SALES and newly posted products). Thank You!!