CareersDrugs, Crime & ViolenceEducation & College
This is the "Welcome!" page of the "The Pact" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
MassBay Community College home page MassBay Libraries Information Page

Assignment resources for the 2013/14 OneBook
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Welcome! Print Page



Review from Publishers' Weekly

'Jenkins, Davis and Hunt grew up in and around the projects of  Newark, N.J., a place decimated by crack. "The sounds of  gunshots and screeching cars late at night and before dawn were  as familiar to us as the chirping of insects must be to people  who live in the country." The three attended high school  together in the mid-'80s and made a pact to attend medical  school together. "We didn't lock hands in some kind of empty,  symbolic gesture... We just took one another at his word and  headed back to class, without even a hint of how much our lives  were about to change." Against incredible odds the almost  complete absence of male role models, a history of substance  abuse in two of the families, and even incarcerations the trio made good on their word and now practice medicine. Told in  alternating first-person chapters, the story of these young  men's struggle has remarkable clarity and insight. In extremely  accessible prose, the authors articulate the problems they  faced: "On the streets where I grew up, you didn't worry about  consequences. If someone disrespected you, you beat his ass.  Period," says Hunt; while Jenkins recalls, "Sometimes it felt  surreal, walking past the drunks, dealers, and addicts on my way  home from dental school with a pile of books." Although it is a  memoir (which, by nature, is often self-serving), this book's  agenda is far from hidden and its urgency is undeniable: through  their pact, Davis, Jenkins and Hunt achieved success, and if  they did it, others can, too.'

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Hours

Library Hours, May 21 to August 18, 2017


Wellesley Hills Campus

Monday - Thurs:    7:45am to 9pm    
Friday: 7:45am to 3pm
Saturday & Sunday     CLOSED


Framingham Campus

Monday - Thurs. 7:45 am to 7 pm
Friday:   7:45 am to 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday:    CLOSED


The Libraries will be closed on the following days:

Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day

Tuesday, July 4th - Independence Day


If you need additional assistance with this guide or if you have any research questions, please contact me:


Loading  Loading...