Dear Jodi Picoult,
Trust is one of the hardest values in a person's life to gain from others. It takes time for one person to trust someone and you have to have faith in that person to keep the trust. Trust can be a good thing but it can also be dangerous. It is dangerous due to the fact of all the things one would lose such as friends, families, loved ones, and sometimes even you. Trust is associated with the emotions companionship, love, agreement, and relaxation. Your book The Pact displays multiple levels of trust and the reality of it on the emotional level and through parent/child relationships.
While reading your book, I often put myself into the book and played the character of Chris. I started to think to myself, what would I do if someone I trusted so much didn't want to be in my life anymore due to the fact that I was trusting them for the wrong reason? If I loved someone and trusted them, I would think that I would see every side of that person and not a side they were hiding. My emotions would be stirring around in my head like crazy because I would be hurt. I would be hurt because they wouldn't be with me anymore, hurt because I would have felt betrayed. Betrayal causes me to blame myself for problems that aren't even mine because I like to care for others. I think that Chris held himself up well throughout the book, but if I were in his position, I would not know what to do.
Trust is also shown in The Pact between the children and parents in the story. I am not a parent but I think if my mom read this it would hurt her and make her question herself about how well she knows her own children. The trust relationship shown between the child and parent in this book was so realistic, it made me question if my own mom knows me as well as she think she does. In fact, I think teen suicide these days is such a shock to the parent because they think they knew who their children were. As a teen myself, I know what sides I need to show my parents, but I also like having a little freedom. Suicide and depression on the other hand is not a side that should be hidden. The Pact shows trust through the legal system as well. Most of this story was based on finding the real truth and it seemed like it took forever for the truth to come out.
After reading your book, I now realize how important trust is. I wish trust was an easy thing to gain but its not. After 17 years of living with their daughter, the Gold's didn't even know Emily had a suicidal side to her and that shows how important trust is. I now realize too that if a person does trust me, I need to keep that trust with them and not do things to make them not trust me.