I was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up on Long Island. Growing up reading was never one of my favorite things to do. I would rather have been on a basketball court or softball field. The first book I ever read cover to cover was “The Outsiders”. It was given to me by my senior year English teacher after she realized I never read any of the other books she assigned. That book change my whole outlook on the joys of reading. My first book “the Pact” was in my head for over twenty years. It would creep forward every now and then and then go hide itself again. I finally found the time to get it down on paper. Currently I live in Richmond, Virginia and work as a design engineer. When I’m not reading or writing I enjoy a good poker game and watching the NY Yankees.
The Pact: No matter when, where or what, I will always be there for you.by Juliann Vatalaro
Nikki Vataro knew from a very young age that she was different from the other kids. She was smarter than the others were. Sometimes even smarter than her teachers. She always stood up for the underdog because she could beat up the bullies. She excelled at everything she tried, especially basketball. She was a very good basketball player. Most of all she had a
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Nikki Vataro knew from a very young age that she was different from the other kids. She was smarter than the others were. Sometimes even smarter than her teachers. She always stood up for the underdog because she could beat up the bullies. She excelled at everything she tried, especially basketball. She was a very good basketball player. Most of all she had a family that loved and encouraged her. That is what was important. That is all she needed or wanted.
Then in a blink of an eye, her family was gone. Left alone at only eleven years old she was lost. With no one to help her control all her gifts she made some bad decisions. Decisions that landed her in juvenile detention for three and a half years.
Now at seventeen, Nikki is walking through the gates of the detention center. She is free to start a new life. She must now figure out how to deal with the pressure of being a teenager with a past, on her own, and in a new town. Unknown to her as she walks out of the gate, she will not be heading out alone. Four of her father's fraternity brothers will be there to help her along the way.
The first person Nikki meets turns out to be the one that helps her the most. Kenny is the boss's son. Good looking, smart, and athletic, he has everything going for him. He falls in love with her as fast as she falls in love with him. Together they fight to make it through an intense senior year of high school.
Can she overcome her past mistakes? Can she learn how to trust again? Can she learn to be part of a family again? Can she learn to love again? The odds are against her. Nikki knows with desire, determination, and a little luck she can change the odds.
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Amazing novel! It's the story of Nikki Vataro who has many gifts, despite all these talents she has had a rough life. At the young age of 11 she became an orphan and was forced to survive on the streets in New York City. The book takes place 6 years later when she is 17 and entering a new town. She faces many new obstacles that will be even more difficult then the ones in her past. There is romance, drama, comedy, action and friendship all included. This book is an absolute page turner, it will keep you on your feet and wanting more. You become intrigued within the first few pages, it will hold your attention the whole way through! This is also an excellent book for many ages as well; just because she is a 17 year old girl does not mean you have to be 17 to read it. I would absolutely recommend anyone to read this book, you will not regret it. I was honestly amazed at how the book touched my heart. You feel like you know each character personally. The book consumes you in a great way.