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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: 9780743496735
ISBN-10: 0743496736
Publication Date: 2/5/2008
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 1251 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Fantastic book incredibly well written. Harking back to "Lord of the Flies," Picoult explores the dynamics of unsupervised group behavior among school children. It deals with all the themes that screech "inappropriate" for a young audience (F word numerous times, teen sex, violence, etc.) but it may be the most appropriate book for students and teachers and parents concerned with bullying and the related social dynamics. The story seems so well researched I had a hard time remembering that it is fictional. An expert witness for the defense of the Columbine-style shooter asks, (paraphrasing) "What is the most vivid memory you have of your school days? If you're like 95 out of 100 people, that memory revolves around your humiliation at the hands of a bully." (I have to paraphrase because my copy stays loaned out to fellow educators.) And what are the consequences of unchecked chronic bullying? At its most extreme: Columbine.
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Helpful Score: 10
WOW! This book will pull at your heartstrings. If you are a teacher, if you have children, if you have been the victim of bullying or if you were a bully, this is a must read.
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Helpful Score: 7
I've read a few Jodi Picoult books which have been a bit predictable. However, this book truly kept me engaged through the 450 pages. I had just about moved on from the author, but I will now be looking into move of her books. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 4
Seeing as my son is going through some minor bully issues right now, this book kind of freaked me out, honestly *laugh*. It was a good book, standard Picoult stuff. This one felt like it might have been a little too long though and could have used a few cuts.

I did see the ending coming a mile away. I wonder if I've read too many Picoult books? LOL.
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Helpful Score: 4
Disturbing perspective on a school shooting. Helps you understand events that may lead up to children that become killers. If bullying is a problem or has been a problem in your school or in your family you will want to read this.
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What I loved most about this book is how well-developed, rich, and complex the characters are. It's what makes it so engrossing and hard to put down. I became invested in every single character, and the author forces you to let go of your expectations of what "good" and "bad" people are. Loved it.
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One of the best books I have read in a long time and I read a lot of books. I have read a few of Jodi Picoult's books but so far this is the best one. She really gets into the mind of the boy that does the shooting and from there she thoroughly describes the hurts and the fears and the feelings of all the other characters of the story. It was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get done with whatever I was doing so I could get back to the book and read some more. It is a rather thick book but worth every page. A really great read.
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A fascinating (fictional) study of a very current topic. As always Jodi Picoult tackles difficult moral issues head on. Definitely food for thought that should be required reading for all parents of teenagers, educators, and students. The character development is excellent and the writing economical.

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