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 schools rolled into this story. It made me feel such pity for the boy who felt he had no other way out and took matters into his own hands. The results were tragic, the outcome for all shattered lives but it makes you think of what kids go through. I know I thought of my own now grown children who were treated in a similar manner. The best of Jodi Picoults books in my opinion
No one in the quiet community of Sterling, New Hampshire would have guessed that in nineteen minutes on a cool March morning, their whole world could be turned upside down, and their town could be national news. A judge, her daughter, a midwife, her murderous son, a detective, a defense attorney and his family--these are just some of the lives that cross paths in this very touching story of what drives a poor, bullied victim to commit such a terrifying act of violence.
This is a typical Jodi Picoult novel: touching, tender, and real, with no definitive answers. It also has an equally unsatisfying Picoult-like ending, which was the only part of this book that I didn't enjoy. Nevertheless, I would read it again, for her pitch-perfect portrayal of different people.
I found this book in a thrift store for .50 cents! Can you believe it?
In any case, I found this book to be very typical Picoult. It was good, but not that good. While she did a good job of fictionalizing a real event (Columbine) and expressing feelings, etc... from the victims and relatives, I felt that it lacked depth. Really, how can you form into words the horror of a mass school shooting?
This is a great book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it but once I got into it, I hated to put it down.
I found I really liked the style this book is written in although I had my doubts at first.
The charaters are made even more interesting by the way their lives are wound together and played out, throughout the book. Definately worth the time to read.
The outcome blew me away!!!
This book was extremely well-written, haunting, and very insightful. However, the ending completely ruined it for me, I hated it so much I want to rip the book into a million pieces.
She is my favorite female author.
This is one of her best books to date.
Waste of time reading this, I was very disapointed. I usually enjoy reading JP's books but this one was like someone else wrote it. It didn't have the usual style or content. I think JP was trying too hard to be a teenager in this, language was very intense.
I think that every teacher should have to read this book. Great book!
I thought this book was amazing! I'm a mom, and "Nineteen Minutes" haunted me for days after I read it. A riveting and thought-provoking read!
Worth the read. Not quite the twisted ending I expected though I expected one after reading a few other Picoults. Good and damn scary if you're a mother/parent!
This book is definitely a page turner. It was my first Jodi Picoult book and I COULD NOT put it down. You think you know where this book is going and then it takes a right turn. For those of you with teenagers, this book really makes you think. I highly recommend it.
I always find it hard to read books dealing with school shootings, since I am the mother of two school-aged children. NINETEEN MINUTES, however, is an emotional story that should be required reading for teens, along with their watching of the movie REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.
Reading this story of a bullied teen who finally has enough and takes out his anger on his high school is enlightening, and, at times, hard to read. I found it very easy to identify with many of the characters in the book: not just with the shooter, but with the judge's daughter, who wants only to fit in and be popular, and the jocks, who don't know how to be anything but what they are.
NINETEEN MINUTES is a great book. I can honestly say I enjoyed it, even while crying my way through several passages. Read it -- whether a teen or the parent of a teenager, and find out what REALLY happens in high schools around the US -- and what could be happening, quite possibly, in your own hometown.
Nineteen Minutes is the tragic story of Josie and Peter, two best friends that grow apart due to popularity. From their seperation as friends on, each grow further and futher apart until one day they end up back together - laying on the ground of the locker room after Peter has gone on a rampage, shooting up the school and killing many of his classmates. What could drive someone to this point? This novel gets inside the minds of not only the loser of the school, Peter but the winner as well, Josie to see both sides of the popularity game in High School. This novel bounces between what led to such a tragedy and the present time, placing the framework of what if turning into what was.
This novel is well written and fast paced enough to keep somone turning from page to page. The only issues I have with the novel is some unsolved mysteries and the last chapter could have been a bit more filled out. All in all though it is a solid book that is a good read.
This is a great book. I could not put it down! I am not a fast reader unless i have a book that i really like. I finished this in a week. Such a great story. Jodi Picoult is my one of my favorite authors,she always writes stories that are so true to life and really make you think.
Eye openning and realistic story. I couldn't put this book down. Well written!!
I loved this book.....but I feel in her effort to bring a twist to the ending, Picoult screwed up. The contrived scenario ruined it for me.