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.
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.
Another powerful book by Jodi Picoult. Hard to read in light of recent events (Virginia Tech), but impossible to put down. Highly recommend!
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.
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.