Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Title: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Series: Stand-Alone
Finished on: November 6, 2012
Released: January 1, 2007 by Atria Books
Source: Bought 
Add to: Goodreads

Summary from Amazon:
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens -- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.
Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who -- if anyone -- has the right to judge someone else?
I absolutely fell in love with Jodi Picoult's The Pact and really enjoyed her Plain Truth; Nineteen Minutes secured me as a Jodi Picoult fan. She can tell a dang story!

We get the story of Alex, an amazing judge who is also trying her hardest to be a good mother. Then there's her daughter, Josie, who's just trying to figure out who she is outside of her popular clique. We also have Lacey, who's already lost one son and could potentially lose her other. And then there's Peter, Lacey's son who has been bullied every single day of his last 12 years. Once again, Picoult does a fantastic job of intertwining these characters and their lives into one complicated (in a good way!) and touching story.

I sat and read this book the entire way through. There was just no putting it down. Every character had a story that you just can't help being completely sucked into. I also appreciate that Picoult definitely did her research on bullying and school shootings. You want so bad to hate Peter and think of him as a monster, yet the author spins it so you understand what led up to that point. It wasn't just a psychotic act of rage... it was just the pressure of 12 straight years of being beaten down finally exploding.

This entire story is made up of twists and turns. You finally think you have it all figured out and Picoult throws in another surprise. Right up to the ending. And oh, that ending! Didn't see that coming at all... but now, looking back, I probably should have. All the clues where there. This book does its job of putting the entire situation of a school shooting into perspective. We get to see all sides from the killer to the victims to people who loved that killer. Everyone gets a voice.



  1. I've only read one of Jodi Picoult's and it was so great, but sad. I'm not sure I could handle any more of her sad!

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW at YA Sisterhood.


  2. This sounds really good. I've haven't read many of Jodi Picoult's books, but this definitely sounds like one I would be interested in. Great review. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Elizabeth! So nice to meet you! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today. I am always excited to meet a new blogger and return a comment. Can oh believe I have not read this author? I see her books all the time and keep meaning to grab one of them. I like that you mention this takes on bullying and school shootings. I will definitely be looking into this one! Thanks so much for the recommendation.

  4. I loved this book too, but was not crazy about the ending :( I don't know what I was hoping for but :( I also loved Plain Truth and The Pact!!! My Sisters Keeper and Sing You Home are good ones too!! Your blog is cute I'm now following!


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