This was a good book. Yes, some of it was contrived. Yes, some of it was predictable. But Picoult is able to bring the characters to life in such a way that such minor setbacks are easy to ignore. A teen romance goes horribly awry when Emily is found dead of a gunshot wound in her boyfriend Chris' lap. Chris is accused of murder. His defense is that it was a suicide pact gone wrong. The rest of the book alternates between the present, moving toward the trial, and the past, leading to what actually happened that night--and why.
Heartbreaking, controversial and suspenseful, this book is worth reading. By the end I was practically jumping up and down because I was dying to find out what happens next. I have never read Picoult before, but I understand that many of her books deal with controversial topics. I am interested in reading more of her.