Kindle Highlights from The Pact by Jodi Picoult

This was an interesting story. Moments in The Pact was definitely relatable to my later teenage self, but, well, different.

We go through those teenager feelings even when things are okay. The adults don’t “get it”. Except we do, and then forget how serious it felt at the time. This book brought me back to my own teenage pains. While they’re not years I ever want to think about again, it helped me to gain some more acceptance over them.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

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  • “‘A gift of love is not one to be taken lightly, – Location 163
  • Knowledge was power, but a good librarian did not hoard the gift. She taught others how to find, where to look, how to see. – Location 431
  • “A cow doesn’t scream out that she’s going to kill her husband for doing this to her. A cow’s placenta doesn’t shoot across the delivery room like a silver bullet. – Location 496
  • His head hurt, but not nearly as much as his heart. – Location 673
  • Their strategy for dealing with things unpleasant or emotional was to push past the mortifying situation and get on with their life as if it had never happened. – Location 2214
  • This sort of obsessing would get him nowhere. He needed to move on, to get going, to look forward. – Location 2224
  • You always knew, after shitty things happened, who your friends really were. – Location 2296
  • And that’s what I think love is,” Chris said quietly. “When your hindsight’s twenty-twenty, and you still wouldn’t change a thing. – Location 2373
  • She could not fathom what it was like to know that you’d grown someone within your body capable of these atrocities; to know that if you hadn’t given birth, this small measure of evil in the world might not have come to pass. – Location 2963
  • She had expected disdain; she had not realized that indifference could cut more deeply. – Location 2966
  • spots where they’d rubbed raw his skin. Good, she had thought. – Location 3054
    NOTE: Think Grumpy Cat “good.” (Couldn’t help it)
  • It wasn’t her throat, and it wasn’t a fever, but it hurt all the same to be heartbroken. – Location 3255
  • I can see myself now, she said. And I can see what I want to be, ten years from now. But I don’t understand how I’m going to get from here to there. – Location 5930
  • “Do you know what it’s like to give your whole self to a person, and your whole heart to boot, until you’ve got nothing left to give—and then realize that it still isn’t what they need? – Location 6022
  • Adults, light-years away from this, rolled their eyes and smirked and said, “This too shall pass”—as if adolescence was a disease like chicken pox, something everyone recalled as a mild nuisance, completely forgetting how painful it had been at the time. – Location 6105
  • the truth did not belong in a courtroom. No one—not the prosecutor, and more often, not the defendant—wanted it there. Trials were about evidence, counter-evidence, and theories. Not what had actually occurred. – Location 8276
  • Oscar Wilde said that the pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple. Truth, you see, is in the eye of the beholder. – Location 8508
  • She wanted to get closer, under James’s skin; to become a part of him so that she wouldn’t have her own thoughts, her own worries. She wanted his strength. – Location 8632 • Delete this highlightAdd a note

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