For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I liked the book, but I can't say that I loved it. But that's just my opinion, it was well written, and interesting, just not my taste. The book is about Charley "Chick" Benetto who one day decides to kill himself. In the process he meets with his dead mother. For that one day he gets to tell her what he never did when she was alive, and she gets to fill in the gaps of his life. While we wait to see if he's actually dead or not. The book focuses mostly on the relationship between mother and son, advice and guidance that parents give, but kids don't realize. Shifting between his childhood and the present time, Mitch Albom did a great job at not confusing the reader when the story takes place. We get a smooth transition between each time shift. The lesson we get from this book is that there are always two sides of the story, and sometimes we should be quick to judge. Chick learns that the hard way.It's a quick read, and I think people will enjoy this book, especially if you lost someone and never got to tell them how you felt. I think that is the hardest thing a person can go through, knowing that you will never get that chance. 

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.