**spoiler alert** Synopsis: Wikipedia Chris and Emily, teenagers from the same neighborhood and very close families, have been as close as siblings sin...more**spoiler alert** Synopsis: Wikipedia Chris and Emily, teenagers from the same neighborhood and very close families, have been as close as siblings since birth, but as teenagers their relationship develops into a romance. When they are seniors in high school, however, both families are called to the hospital: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot to the head, and Chris says the two had intended to carry out a suicide pact.
Every other chapter is a flashback to Emily and Chris's childhood life, leading up to the night of Emily's death. Some scenes include flashbacks on Emily and Chris's life while they were young (best friends) through their teenage years as lovers. It is revealed that, as a result of a dare made by Chris to go into a men's restroom, Emily is molested as a child. It is also discovered that she was impregnated by Chris, but she never revealed it to him because she was afraid that if he knew, he would marry her and insist on having the baby which she did not want. It is also revealed in flashbacks that Emily's feeling for Chris were more sisterly, yet she felt pressured to be with him in a romantic way due to the closeness of their families. She also felt uncomfortable having sex or being touched due to the molestation. She wanted to go to college, not raise a baby and she thought she'd brought shame on her family by becoming pregnant. She went for an abortion but couldn't go through with it in the end as it was a male carrying it out and it brought back flashbacks of her being molested. It was all of these things that made her suicidal.
In the end it is revealed that Emily's death wasn't really part of a suicide pact; Emily asked Chris to kill her because she couldn't do it herself. Chris tried to talk Emily out of it but pointed the gun to her head in the end to bring her out of her misery. Emily placed her hand on the trigger, over his.
My thoughts: I really liked this book. I love Picoult's writing style and how she gives insight into all her characters. It is a rather touching book, but sad as well. This is definietly one of my favorites from Jodi Picoult.(less)
A beautiful book. Lovely quotes and photographs describing France in an artistic way. Contains lovely excerpts that capture the true essence of France...moreA beautiful book. Lovely quotes and photographs describing France in an artistic way. Contains lovely excerpts that capture the true essence of France and the French people. (less)
An awesome book for any dog owner/lover of dogs. It has lots of great tips to try out to strengthen the bond between you and your dog(s). I first boug...moreAn awesome book for any dog owner/lover of dogs. It has lots of great tips to try out to strengthen the bond between you and your dog(s). I first bought this to find out ways to get closer to my best friend, Gracie, my soft coated wheaten terrier, and this book gave me great tips. This book also has lists of websites to go to, which is nice. I especially liked the health section because it taught me things I didn't know about dogs' health. Overall it was a nice, quick read filled with cute dog phrases and great tips. (less)
Synopsis [Wikipedia] The story is set in motion by a family hiking trip, during which Trisha's brother, Pete, and mother constantly squabble about the...moreSynopsis [Wikipedia] The story is set in motion by a family hiking trip, during which Trisha's brother, Pete, and mother constantly squabble about the mother's divorce with her father, as well as other topics. Trisha falls back to avoid listening and is therefore unable to find her family again after she wanders off the trail to take a bathroom break.
She turns off the trail to get away from all the bickering and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut. She then slips and falls down a steep embankment and ends up hopelessly lost, heading deeper into the heart of the forest. She is left with a bottle of water, two Twinkies, a boiled egg, a sandwich, a large bottle of Surge, a poncho, a Game Boy, and a Walkman. Now and then she listens to her Walkman to keep her mood up, either to learn of news of the search for her, or to listen to the baseball game featuring her favorite player, and "heartthrob," Tom Gordon.
As she starts to take steps to survive by conserving what little food she has with her, and consuming edible flora such as beech nuts, checkerberries, and fiddleheads; her mother and brother return to their car without her and call the police and start a search. Naturally, the rescuers search in the area around the path, but not as far away as Trisha has gone. The girl decides to follow a creek (though it soon turns into a swamp-like river) rationalizing that all bodies of water lead eventually to civilization.
As the cops stop searching for the night, she huddles up underneath a tree to rest. Eventually, a combination of fear, hunger, and thirst causes Trisha to hallucinate. She imagines several people from her life, as well as her hero, Tom Gordon, appearing to her. Author Stephen King purposely makes it unclear whether increasingly obvious signs of supernatural events in the woods are also hallucinations.
Hours and soon days begin to pass, with Trisha wandering further into the woods. Eventually she begins to believe that she is headed for a confrontation with the God of the Lost, a wasp-faced, evil entity who is hunting her down. Her trial becomes a test of a 9 year old girl's ability to maintain sanity in the face of seemingly certain death. Racked with pneumonia and near death, she comes upon a road, but just as she discovers signs of civilization, she is confronted by a bear — which she (in her own way) interprets as the God of the Lost in disguise. Facing down her fear, she realizes it's the bottom of the ninth, and she must close the game. In imitation of Tom Gordon, she takes a pitcher's stance and throws her Walkman like a baseball, hitting the bear in the face, and startling it enough to make it back away. A hunter who has come upon the confrontation between girl and beast frightens the bear away and takes Trisha to safety, but Trisha knows that she earned her rescue.
Trisha wakes up in a hospital to find her divorced parents and older brother waiting near her bedside. A nurse tells the girl's family that they must leave because "Her numbers are up and we don't want that." Her father is the last to leave. Before he does Trisha asks him to hand her her Red Sox hat (autographed by Tom Gordon) and she points towards the sky, just as Tom Gordon does when he closes a game.
The novel also features many classic mythological and cultural themes. The entity that stalks Trisha referred to in the novel as "The God of the Lost" is very similar to the Wendigo, a predatory demon from Indians mythology that was said to inhabit the forests of the northeastern United States and Canada, and was said to torment humans lost in the woods before eventually devouring them. Another theme common to Indians cultures as well as cultures around the world is the concept of the ordeal, a rite of passage in which a candidate must prove him or her self by braving a dangerous or daunting task or undertaking to be considered an adult.
While this is not like Stephen King's horror books, I still thought it was good. Not the best, but good nonetheless. This book is all about Trisha MacFarland, who gets lost in the woods for 9 days, I believe. I liked it, but I found it to be boring in certain parts, and somewhat predictable. There is only so much an author can do when a character is stuck in the woods for the whole novel. It is a good and easy read and I would reccommend it to King fans. (less)