The Pact

The Pact

by Walter J. Roers

In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Pact explores the frustrations and joys of a boy as he learns the fallibility of adults and the subsequent loss of youthful innocence.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Rating: 3.86
  • Pages: 160
  • Publish Date: August 1st 2000 by New Rivers Press
  • Isbn10: 089823204X
  • Isbn13: 9780898232042

What People Think about "The Pact"

Reviewer: Amanda Smith Title: The Pact Author: Walter Roers Publisher: New Rivers Press Genre: Realistic Fiction ISBN #: 0-89823-204-X Total Pages: 160 Rating: 4 stars In his powerful debut, Walter Roers portrays the childhood experiences that shape the lives of two brothers, Michael and Ron Dougherty, and their friend Ricky Stedman, during the late 1940s in Minneapolis, Minnesota through his fictitious book The Pact. For teens and adults who have experienced abuse or addiction, whether it was through family or themselves, this book would create a scenario that they can relate to. Teens especially can relate to the theme because they are experiencing things that will cause them too to lose their innocence. Mike really loses his innocence when Ricky was killed, and I think that it wouldnt have had such a strong impact on us, the readers, if the author hadnt experienced it himself. People who do not like single perspectives should not read this book because it is only in Mikes point of view, versus us seeing Rickys perspective for example. I would give this book a four out of five possible stars because I feel like the author could have added something at the end that would give us some food for thought.

When Mike keeps a secret regarding the way Rickys mom treats him something very shocking happens and changes everything. Through the events in Mikes life a message is revealed; when one makes a mistake with serious consequences they must learn to forgive themselves so they are able to move on. The guilt of Rickys death because Mike kept the secret begins to eat him up inside. Eventually Mike begins to forgive himself and twenty years later he goes back to Minneapolis to keep the pact. This makes it easy for people to relate to their life of being kids who are having summer fun. The devastating impact of Rickys death makes the reader think about choices they make in their lives, especially when it comes to secrets that may have devastating consequences. While the events of his eight year old summer caused Mike to lose his innocence, he learned an important lesson in the process. When middle school and high school students are reading this book it is essential that they are able to receive the targeted message in a simple, yet heartfelt way.

The Pact is easily relatable to young adults in this day and age because of the many secrets shared between friends everyday. In hopes to keep their friendship alive for years to come, Ricky makes a pact with Mike: They will both meet again in 20 years at Rotographs Drugstore. The secret Ricky revealed, being that his mom beat him constantly when he said his prayers, was a large weight for Mike to carry, but his dedication to friendship forced him to keep it hidden. This has a very large effect on the characters of the book, and makes the theme stand out to readers. Mike and Ricky, along with other influential characters, are easily understandable because of their relation to real life. Mikes loss of innocence helps reveal the impacts of the pacts made in the novel, and are the main reason the theme jumps out at the reader. People who do not like dialogue should not read this book because The Pacts secrets are revealed and contemplated through the use of character collaboration.

Mike and Ron Dougherty and their friend Ricky Stedman all climb the roof, looking in on the men in the bar below them. Mike Doughertys father tries his best to be a good parent, but there is one thing that gets in the way- his drinking. When Ron also expressed his hatred and strong dislike towards his father, Mike started to understand that sometimes your family isnt perfect and might have serious issues. Mike truly wants his parents to stop fighting and his father to stop drinking. The reader gets to see inside Mikes mind, and can relate to when they thought that everything was perfect in the world, and when they started to look at the world differently. Roers choice of having Mike be the narrator of the story allowed the reader to see inside the mind of a child and truly understand what a child could think of the different situations that Mike was in.

This theme causes great connection with the reader because it is most likely something that they have experienced by themselves. This allows a strong emotional connection with the reader and allows the book to make the reader think about their own life and how they can apply this like any good theme should. This book does a great job of making the reader feel for the characters and their situation. The story may allow the reader to connect with these characters, and know them, but the way many are developed, there is never a knowledge of what had truly happened.

Mike and Rons father is an alcoholic and they must live with him even though he is always yelling at them and their mother. Mike and Rons father is a serious alcoholic who struggles with this and cant get it under control for his family, their mother wont even leave him because he has supported their family even though he is constantly yelling at her and her sons. Mature readers will enjoy this book and relate to the bond held between the boys and the struggles in their lives. The mystery behind what is really happening with Ricky and his mother is kept secret until the end and will leave readers astonished. During the book readers see Mike and Ricky understand each other's problems with their parents and they create a pact to keep it a secret.

For those teens and young adults who have experienced difficult changes, then The Pact is the book for you. Mike was unsure how his father's drinking problem would affect his life, but as he put his life back together he realized that not all challenges or changes are bad. Most people believe that change is bad; however, having Pat removed from the family for a little bit helped Mike experience a fairly normal life.

Mike and Ron Dougherty, and their new found friend Ricky Stedman, planned to have the best summer ever. Everyone was astonished by what had happened, Ron and his parents had no idea that something so serious was going on in Rickys personal life. Mike and Ron are two brothers that spend most of their time together. Ron and Mike matured after going through the trouble with their dad being drunk all the time. Ricky was similar to Mike and Ron in a way that was different within their own families. When they met Ricky, Mike and Ron both knew that they wanted to be friends with him. This book is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the late 1940s.The setting is portrayed through the boys adventures.

If you have lived here in the time frame of the story, that is an added benefit for enjoyment. This is my favorite juvenile read since my infatuation with Paul Zindel and his classic works in the genre such as The Pigman, and My Darling, My Hamburger, in years long since past. Despite our age difference, I felt that the author was of a similar mindset with common readings and appreciation of national experiences, with a larger knowledge of the Minnesota terrain as represented by the train ride, which also brought back childhood memories of trips taken with my parents that I look back on with fondness.

I read this book all in one day.