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The Pact

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,500 Ratings  ·  423 Reviews
Chosen by "Essence" to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life's temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sa ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Riverhead Books (first published March 21st 2002)
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I read this book in one sitting. Three young men, from dysfunctional homes from the rough streets of Newark, NJ overcome the odds by making a pact to become dentists and then working hard and achieving their goal. With unflinching honesty and rawness the 3 doctors talk about the obstacles they faced, the people who gave them support and encouragement, and how they were able to persevere through legal troubles, poverty, and personal turmoil to achieve success. My only regret was that I was just n ...more
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
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Patty Bell
I know how my students feel now when they are required to read a book NOT of their choosing!
Elaine Mendoza
Feb 26, 2016 Elaine Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written book, The Pact it takes the reader to a whole different world through the lives of three different teenager boys. An unexpected turn came into these two boys they started out on not caring about school ditching getting into fights going into the wrong group of people. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt when they were in high school they made a pact that they will help one another through no
matter what goes on in life. This novel is really interesting; It’s a three par
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Ana Rodriguez
Feb 26, 2016 Ana Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The memoir The Pact by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt is a very inspiring book. They grew up in one of the most dangerous places anyone could live in but they made a “pact” to stick together and do something with their lives; and they did, they became doctors. It encourages people to push themselves to do better in life and that anything is possible. The style of this book is very different; it shows all their different perspectives in each other’s life and them going throug ...more
Valerie Rose
Feb 26, 2016 Valerie Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and well written memoir, The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, & Lisa Frazier Page. The book tells the incredible journey of three teenage boys who live in one of the highest crime rate cities of New York; who make a pact by which they plan to stay together and fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors.

This book can be emotional to the reader because the main characters do not have father figures to look up to nor to teach them the life lessons they need to grow
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Dru Garza
Feb 26, 2016 Dru Garza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the memoir, The Pact is about three men whole grew up in the ghetto to become doctors of the future. Living around an environment of drugs, gangs, and violence and kids there age get into that mess and die everyday. The three men grew up in Newark, New Jersey and all meet in school and soon make a pact to stick together to make it to college.

This book also goes back and forth with all three writers telling there part of the story. George Jenkins as a young boy had a dream to become a denti
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MariLee
Apr 30, 2009 MariLee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chuck R
Oct 18, 2012 Chuck R rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paris
Aug 11, 2016 Paris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really encouraging.
Norma Medina Mora
A well written novel,THE PACT takes us back to the young ages of three doctors who’s lives weren’t always easy and dreams were hard to accomplish.Three boys from different schools get close and become best friends or better yet more like brothers, after attending the University High School.The novel is written by the three main characters whose names are Drs.Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt.

The reasons why I chose to read this book is because, its was based on a true story. Also it
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Kevin Rojas
Oct 28, 2012 Kevin Rojas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caileigh
Feb 27, 2015 Caileigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this inspiring memoir, The Pact makes the reader believe that any dream you have is able to be fulfilled. It describes the struggles of three young African Americans striving to make their dreams about becoming doctors come true, and how they all made a promise never to give up on themselves. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt all grew up in the broken homes in New Jersey neighborhoods riddled with crime, drugs, death, and how all three men made it out of the “streets”, ...more
asaplikealicia
Feb 27, 2015 asaplikealicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-pact
The Pact is a remarkable and inspiring memoir, tells a story of 3 African American doctors, Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, who overcame a difficult and dangerous life in the streets as kids and teens. Through a lot of hard work, they were able to overcome life threatening obstacles and achieve their golden dreams.

The 3 doctors went to high school together in the mid-80’s and created a pact to attend medical school together. The story starts off with each doctor talk
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Lexus
Feb 26, 2016 Lexus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book The Pact by Lisa Frazier Page is an interesting book that takes the reader for a trip through the lives of a few boys. Three boys live in a community that very many people don’t make it out of without going to jail or dying at a young age. The boys tell their story of how they made it out of this troubling place and got to where they are. Sampson, George and Rameck encounter things average teenagers wouldn’t. The author does an amazing job at making the different points of view combine ...more
Austin
Feb 27, 2015 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the memoir The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Lisa Frazier Page three young men journey to become doctors while living in poverty. Sam, George, and Rameck are very smart but just don’t have enough motivation to do anything special but after they meet they push each other to get through school and to avoid the temptations of drugs and violence in their neighborhood. The entire book is going through the three doctors journey to get to where they’re at today in their liv ...more
Jujuhughes3 hughes
When done reading this very inspiring novel, The Pact makes you realize that you can really do anything you put your mind to. Throughout the book it describes the struggle of three young African Americans who are striving to fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors. The three boys George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt all made a promise on how they would never give up on each other or themselves on their road to becoming doctors. All three boys are trying to make it from a ruff New Jers ...more
Isaiah Valdez
Feb 27, 2015 Isaiah Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pact: a book that follows the lives of these three friends, Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, and shows their progress in overcoming life in the projects to a more promising life style as doctors. Each chapter is about a different friend and shows a different part in each of their lives. The three young men grew up in Newark having to go through the toughest of situations. The temptations of drugs, the peer pressure of the wrong crowd, and in some cases even jail. It is a ...more
Copstop#3
Feb 27, 2015 Copstop#3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pact is memoir about three men who want to achieve their life goals. They work together to make this memoir an amazing story on what friendships can really do to help you. The amount of inspiration that you receive from reading this book is huge.

Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt explain to you in great detail about their life story of how they became who they are today. They all lived in rundown neighborhoods struggling to get by with all the problems they dealt with. When
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Andrea
Sep 28, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gladiola
Feb 27, 2015 Gladiola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The memoir The Pact by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, is a well written, non fiction novel, which takes place in Newark, New Jersey. This memoir is about three young african american best friends, who pursue their dreams of all becoming doctors some day. Throughout the book all three teens meet each other in high school, becoming best of friends. The teens join together to make a pact that they will all become doctors and they would ignore all the negative things that come ...more
leo53
Feb 27, 2015 leo53 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the PACT is about 3 friends Sam, Rameck and George who grew up in Newark a place in some hard times and these 3 want to escape this lifestyle in the area they live in and they want to become doctors. Throughout the book you see what they have to go through living in a harsh place,making wrong decisions and being with the wrong people

the way the book is written and set up is they start from childhood. where they all started from, what life was like as a kid how they had all met each other, they
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Luz solorzano
Feb 27, 2015 Luz solorzano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Pact


In this book by Lisa Frazier page , three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream . It appears to have many obstacles and not being able to get what they want at first. But at the end they showed they can stick together work hard and live their dreams. Shows honesty, hard work, and love especially.


In the premise in every chapter it explains each character personalities their lives and childhood and what they have to overcome. Its a very splendid technique because you can easily got
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LittleQ
The Pact was an amazing book. This book shows that hard work does pay off. 3 boy Sampson, George, and Rameck all came from a town called Newark. They motivated each other to become doctors and now they are. They all made a pact that they will be doctors and to help each other get their.

The books set up is not the same as any other novel. There are 3 authors so each author tells about their life and everything they went through but not all at once. Like one author would say stuff about their life
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Popp
Feb 27, 2015 Popp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pact is a nonfiction-memoir full of inspiration and reality. I usually don't like nonfiction books but in my Junior English class, that is what was asked of us. I can assure you that I was not excited. That was until I got the privilege to actually read it.

The book contains a story of three childhood friends that grew up in a hard time and a hard place. Trying to fight the temptations of the streets, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt made a pact that they would all become docto
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PrincessMama
Feb 27, 2015 PrincessMama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pact is a memoir that takes you through the lives of three african american boys who began in the ghetto and ended with having PHD’s. It is very specific and has an effective structure. Every chapter is based on one of the doctors’ life or struggle they had to overcome to get to where they are now. The way they set up the vocabulary, at first is very street not in complete sentences but as they grow, their vocabulary grows. It gives you a sense of how they matured.

As young boys becoming men
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copstop#2
Feb 27, 2015 copstop#2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pact by Drs.Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt is an inspiring book about three men and their life as teenagers and how they achieved their dream after struggling through life. It goes through all three of their lives and all of the objectives they went through to become what they are today.

My favorite part of the book to me was when they were all young and they described what they did as a kid because it reminded me of myself. I would hang out with my friends and would always t
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Mario Morales
Mar 02, 2016 Mario Morales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book The Pact is inspiring and a powerful message of hope to all of those who were born into poverty and feel like nothing can change your life unless someone or something convinces you that you have the power to change the script. These three young men- Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt- made a pact and promised each other to stay true to their word so they can have a better life.

Against all the odds from not having father figures to gangbanging to following a path to success bl
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CopStop#1
Feb 27, 2015 CopStop#1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pact, a spectacular book that motivated me to be able to overcome any obstacles in life and being able to achieve it no matter what the odds are. The three young men Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt grew up in the projects with a big dream, to all become Doctors. They formed a pact when they meet in high school that they are going to stick together through school and become doctors no matter what it takes. They all had to deal with the temptations of drugs that go on in th ...more
Zita Jackson
Nov 25, 2012 Zita Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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