The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I read this book a few years ago, but I felt like I should do a review now. I liked this book a lot, the story is really absorbing, you get lost in the book trying to figure out what really happened to Emily, if it was suicide, murder, or an accident. The story switches between Chris at court in the present time, trying to explain what happened, and Emily before she died. One piece at a time you get to put the puzzle together and find out the truth. This is the first Jodi Picoult book I read, so I didn't know what to expect from her, and I guess the book could have been a little better. More character development would be great, especially about Emily and the parents. It seemed like the book was more centered around Chris telling his side of the story and we just get pieces of Emily. Which seem to make her look self-centered, almost selfish. we never really get to know her enough to find out what she was like. I think their relationship was supposed to be very mature, but it looks like Chris is more mature than Emily, in some ways.  Overall the book is good, it still manages to get you involved and interested despite it lacking in some areas. I would still recommend it.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

This book was good while I was reading it, then the ending ruined everything. But I won't spill it for you.

The story revolves around Tessa and Valerie, Tessa is a stay at home mom of two children, married to a surgeon. Tessa is a lawyer and a single mom of a six year old boy Charlie. They both live in the same suburb but lead different lives, and have never met. Until a tragic accident causes their lives to join in imaginable ways. Ok so the accident is not sooo tragic. But Charlie is in the hospital for a while with a bad burn.

I don't think I want to say anymore about how the story goes. I guess all I can say is that there's family drama, cheating and gossip. It pretty good, like a quick chick flick movie. I think this book might be more enjoyed by married women witch children. Teenagers might not get it as much.

90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper

Ok, so the message of the book is great for anyone who is a believer in God, also might make some believe in God, but the writing not that great. I understand that Don is telling his story as it happened, but he repeats himself over and over. By the middle I was frustrated with him telling me how he realized he was taken to heaven and then back to earth to teach and inspire others over and over. I get it. But I pushed through and finished it.

The events and all that he went through are inspiring, maybe a little more for people who went through something traumatic, for others maybe not so much. I'm not saying don't believe what he experienced isn't true, but it doesn't hit the spot for people who haven't been through something life changing. And I won't discuss any more due to religion, and offending someone. Read it and you'll find out. Overall it was a good book, and teaches you to not take life for granted and love others, and that if you believe you can do anything.