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The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,828 ratings  ·  311 reviews
The New York Times bestseller. The true story of three African-American men who made a pact to survive the streets of Newark-and become doctors.
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published March 21st 2002)
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Kathleen Pittman
Ok, here's the thing. I would give this 2.5 stars, but definitely couldn't round it up to 3. I appreciate the overall theme: perseverance and pulling oneself up from metaphorical bootstraps. I really do think it's a valuable idea for people to explore through individual stories of success like this one.

However, there are so many things in this book that prompted me to have to literally have to restrain myself from throwing it in the ocean on multiple vacation occasions. Firstly, the organizatio...more
This book is required reading for all the teachers in my school this summer, and will apparently be a program for staff and students next year. Three boys who grow up in inner-city Newark, New Jersey, meet at a magnet school they were each sent to because they showed academic promise. They realize that what they have in common is the determination to rise above their circumstances- and so they make a pact that they will all finish high school, go on to college and medical school, and become doct...more
This book is about 3 black guys from a rough neighborhood in New Jersey who make a pact in high school to all go to college and medical/dental school and become doctors. Each chapter alternates between each of the three friends, George, Sam, and Rameck. While I thought the idea was good, that these three friends wanted to break out of their unfortunate circumstances and become successful, contributing members of society, I didn't like the overtones of "let's blame the system," "white people don'...more
There's a kid in America somewhere who desperately needs this book. I, however, am not that kid. I couldn't relate to a single character in this book. This book's gimmick-y "you can do it!" attitude seriously turned me off. The book's overdramatic scare tactics turned me off even more. All that said, this book might save someone's life, so I guess that makes it 'valuable' in a way... but it was just so bad.
Patty Bell
I know how my students feel now when they are required to read a book NOT of their choosing!
I REALLY enjoyed this book, and the hope that it inspires. It makes me feel like I can do anything. I came from a great background: both parents together and active in my life, never grew up in poverty, never pressured to join gangs or smoke crack, never lived in the projects, I was expected to go to college, etc. I don't have ANY excuses whatsoever to not accomplish anything I set my mind to because these three men had insurmountable obstacles before them, and they overcame them all. This book...more
This isn't a book I would normally pick up - my boyfriend had to read it as an assignment for a college course and I decided to read it as well. That being said, I don't regret reading this book at all. The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt with Lisa Frazier Page is an inspiring true story of three inner city kids overcoming all odds and becoming doctors.

Sam, George and Rameck grew up on the streets of Newark and while...more
Kevin Rojas
By far, I promise, I have never felt such a sense of emotion in another book as I did in this one. Truly, this book has changed my thinking and has let me analyze my life. The Pact is powerful and inspiring as it shows the importance of good decision making in all aspects alike. Good decision making to make the best out of every situation, to love your enemies, to abstain from drugs, to commit to your studies, and to pick yourself up when you're just about to call it "quits." Most importantly, t...more
Zita Jackson
This amazing book chronicled the lives of three young determined men by detailing pitfalls and successes of these three young men. I found myself laughing and crying while reading this book--well mostly crying. You can't help but get a little misty eyed when you find yourself relating even just a little bit to the struggles these men faced. No doubt this book is inspirational and a great read for all but a great read for black men especially. While reading this book I thought about my brothers a...more
Growing up in the slums of Newark, George, Sam, and Rameck all had a dream, and that dream was to be a dentist. Yes, every kid is allowed to dream, but these three boys lived watching loved ones doing drugs, friends getting into trouble and people getting into fights, were living a nightmare of his own. Invariably, they was just expected to grow up as the stereotypical "projects kids". Nobody expected anybody out of the children growing up in Newark, New Jersey. But one day, three friends who sh...more
Jan 21, 2009 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who needs inspiration
Recommended to Nick by: my teacher ms lawton
Shelves: must-read
I would reccomend this book to others because it was motovational and inspiring! The book meant alot to me because i thought it was awesome how they made a pact and stuck to it! Throughout there struggles they did what they had to do to get their degrees. It was amazing to me that they came from crappy childhoods and decided to change their lives around.

One qoute that i really liked from this book is "Everyone has a chance to go to college" i like this quote because it applies to me. when i f...more
Erin Brauer
I would give a 2.5 if I could. I was inspired to read this initially (as many of you know I like memoirs), but it quickly fell flat for me. What the doctors accomplished is very inspiring, but the writing just fell flat. Each of the three characters simply 'told' their experiences, and all their voices melded into one dull narrator. I would have loved to hear more of each doctors voice and see more personality, but I didn't and was unable to connect with any character. Overall, too much telling...more
Melissa Andrews
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. Definitely inspirational and motivating - I would recommend it to any young person. I can't wait to read their follow up book. The Pact is a heart-warming story that will make those of us who didn't grow up in as difficult situations as these young men did wonder how we could have ever complained about anything.

Each of the three authors tells his story in his own words - they divide it up by chapters, so George will do a chapter, then Rameck, then Sam, a...more
The book was very lucid. It was not as intricate as I would have liked but after reading it, I would say that this book is high school level and a very good motivator for young men of color who live in abject poverty or environments. Some of the things that bothered me in the book was the kind of blind eye to the structural racism in these kids lives and how they "still made it even when the system was built against them" turned me off sometimes. Addressing the issue of going back to the neighbo...more
It was really nice reading about a group of boys who really do seem to want to make a difference in their hometown. It's amazing that they were able to fulfill their pact to all become doctors, despite the chaos and instability of their lives at home. It's very inspiring to read a true story about overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, just to return home and try to make a difference in someone else's life.
George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and Lisa Frazier all contributing authors of the The Pact which is a non-fiction / autobiography. The book tells us about the three young black males Jenkins, Davis, and Hunt who all grew up in a bad neighborhood of Newark, N.J. Jenkins, Davis and Hunt also all attended high school together and that’s where they began the pact to attend medical school together. Against all odds they overcame a lot struggles to make in into medical school at Seton Hall U...more
“The Pact” by Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins, is a book about their friendships and their struggles to succeed. The three grew up together in a rough part of New Jersey, which caused them to come across negative influences. The three really didn't have much going for them, a couple of teenagers with average intelligence. A recruitment presentation on Seton Hall University rekindled George's childhood dream of becoming a dentist. The college was offering a assistance package for m...more
Feb 22, 2014 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Book Club
Not a bad reading group book, except it didn't really provoke much conversation among us old folks.

Turns out Seton Hall is a little like my law school, Seattle University: people there decided to make another path for people who typically had limited opportunities for professional-track educations get there. This is a book by and about three young African Americans from Newark, New Jersey, who got on that path together. Two became doctors, one became a dentist.

I don’t have a context for growin...more
Christian Rivera
This was a very interesting book. This book was mainly about three kids who had a very messed up life. Sam, George, and Rameck lived in Newark, New Jersey. They had a lot of drugs in their environment but they did not let that overcome them.It was also very hard for George. One day while George went into the living room he noticed that the drawers were empty and an old VCR of his was missing. When he ran and told his mother what had happened that somebody had robbed him. After he told his mother...more
This was a very inspirational story. It showed how hard these 3 had to work to go from inner city, Newark to become doctors & keep the pact that they made to each other in high school. It also helped me realize that even though I didn't grow up well off, I was way better off than they were, never having to wonder if I would have a meal as a child or having a safe place to visit when I'd go visit my parents when I went home for a weekend from college.
i love the premise of this book. three black, inner-city boys who statistically should end up into drugs, gangs, and prison time, make a pact with one another that they will go to college and become doctors. the books is written by all three, taking turns with various chapters. their friendship and devotion is noteworthy.
i'll just say, however, that i'm banking on the fact that they make better doctors than writers.
Kim Lanza
Inspiring, without a doubt! I didn't feel like I was reading a polished draft though. The chapters are written as if the authors did not know what was included in the rest of the book. Stories (or snippets of them) were repeated in other chapters. Still worth a read though - especially if you work with students who lack a support system.
Kasani Hamilton
I really like the book the pact because it really relates to things that can happen in real life...Also it deals with people in school who made a promise with one anthor that they will be docters.I really just like the book
I had high hopes for this book and it started great, but it didn't live up to my expectations. The story lacked the emotion I needed. It was hard to feel connected to the characters.
omg this book was the best. it inspiredme more to not give up and to accomplish my goals. it changed my mind about so many things. i love thsi book =]
Growing up in a stereotypical society it was often really hard to meet everyone’s expectations. Growing up in Quebec I was born the minority, everyone spoke French and I was always the minority at school. During my elementary school years I was the only Chinese Canadian at that school. Often times when you are the minority at school you would be subjected to criticism and stereotypes. People were always looking down on me because they thought I was different. I realized early that if I were goin...more
Mrs. Nannini Crossroads South
Getting through college and medical/dental school seems difficult enough these days with the stiff competition. However, the authors of this book were able to accomplish this and more in spite of the fact that they all grew up in broken homes in Newark, NJ. The Pact is a non-fiction, first person account of their efforts to rise out of a neighborhood of drugs, gangs and violence to become doctors.

The authors all tested into Newark's University High, and like other high school boys were trying to...more
Christopher Jordan 2/5/09

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The book that i have finished reading is called “The Pact”. This story is by 3 men named Sampson Davis, George Jenkins ,and Paramecia Hunt which are all doctors in reality. This story is a memoir and the theme of it is friends do last forever.
The main characters in this book are Sam, George and Remeck ,they are all doctors that work in a hospital in Newark so the setting takes place in Newark . This story is about three 29 year old men and they take us throug...more
I was very inspired by this book. This true story traces the lives of three friends who grew up in inner-city New Jersey and at the end of high school decided to make a pact that they would each attend college and then medical school to become doctors. This is their story, told from each of their perspectives, about how they came together to overcome great obstacles in order to be the first of their families (and neighborhood friends) to go through college and then medical school.

I loved reading...more
Gabriella Sanders
This novel was written by three doctors. Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt along with Lisa Frazier. Their purpose in writing the novel, The Pact, is to let their audience know that they can overcome any obstacle that comes their way. "We hope our story will also demonstrate that anyone with enough compassion has the power to transform and redirect someone else's life." (p.4) All three of the boys had hindrances in their lives' but they did not let them define where they were h...more
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