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Nineteen Minutes
Nineteen Minutes
Author: Jodi Picoult
In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge an...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743496728
ISBN-10: 0743496728
Publication Date: 3/5/2007
Pages: 352
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4.1 stars, based on 735 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 16
Wow,what a great but tragic story. A boy who is picked on from the first day of kindergarden until high school. What being bullied really does to a child day after day. The tragedy of Columbine and all the other school rolled into one. this story made me feel such pity for the boy who felt he had no other recourse but to do what he did.The results were tragic, the outcome shattered lives forever but it made you really think of what kids go through and what they do to others. I know I thought of my own two grown children who were treated in very similar ways. In my opinion this is Jodi Picoults best book.
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Helpful Score: 13
This was not my favorite Picoult book. While I connected with the characters (she has a gift for making everyone sympathetic), for some reason I couldn't completely connect with Peter, the school shooter. I understood his motives and felt his shame, but Picoult doesn't let you into his head quite enough. The Pact was much better at making me feel everything the two teens went through.

If you like Picoult, you'll like this one, but I don't think it's her best. Even the huge revelation in the courtroom falls flat. She set it up well, but I just didn't feel the shock that I've felt while reading her other books.
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Helpful Score: 9
Another powerful book by Jodi Picoult. Hard to read in light of recent events (Virginia Tech), but impossible to put down. Highly recommend!
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Helpful Score: 9
Enough happens in this book it could be a two-part miniseries. The chapters shift back and forth from past to the present to add important background info and I found it annoying.

Nineteen Minutes has much more depth than My Sister's Keeper in character development and story structure. Picoult's ability to fabricate events surrounding an entire school community that is so hauntingly real is amazing.
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Helpful Score: 8
It was difficult to get this book out of my mind. The topic is way too timely and gives insight into what may be going on in our society today in the world of high school students.

"Nineteen Minutes" was very well written and I liked the way the author switched between the present and the past. It was a very interesting way to present the events that could lead up to such a tragic day. My only disappointment was with the ending. While the ending was unexpected, the reader is left with the impression the " twist " Ms. Picoult is known for was added just to be controversial.
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Plots with school shootings and bullying have been rampant in the past 10 or so years, but I think this was one of the first. It's a thoughtful book and emotionally taxing but worth the read. Not a big fan of the author myself, but this was a moving story.
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Even though it barely glosses the surface, I really like that an author tried to take the time to write a story about how, even just a little, it is for kids who get picked on when they're young. It's definitely something that needs to start at home (like put a baby monitor in your kids room until they're 18, especially if they talk to ANYONE online--seriously, trolls start young) and parents need to stop raising bullies (and realize all kids aren't angels).

My big complaint is the ending. It's getting to be a thing for Picoult when she can't figure out what to do with a character's future.
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I am a Picoult fan and I thought this one was a bit slow and the characters were not quite developed in the first half of the book as they became later in the book. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it but just not one of my favorites.

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