This is one of the most powerful books I have read (listened to) in years!!!! I think it should be mandatory for all High School students as well as their parents and teachers. The author's insight into the minds of all of these characters is uncanny. Nineteen Minutes could be life changing vehicle. The reader made the characters come alive also!
As a teacher, dealing with bullies is an everyday task. This compelling story was not one I wanted to read initially but one I could not stop reading inevitably. Excellent insights, wonderful portrayals, and true to life events makes this an important read for all who work with children and/or violence.
This book is disturbing, thought-provoking, timely and very well written, and narrated. Exactly what I've come to expect from Jodi Picoult. She has given us the points of view of all characters, and managed to create unexpected empathy for some! Keep 'em coming, Ms. Picoult and Audible!
ANYTHING Jodi writes is incredible. I am amazed at each new book at how intricate the plot lines are, how she weaves them together, and how mesmerizing her story is.
My first time to read this author, but I was consumed by the shock and terror of each character! I love this the author's tendency to spin the tale with segmented storytelling!
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. This was an incredible story - it made me laugh and cry. When it was over I wanted to hug my children and never let them go!
I have nothing but positive things to say about this book. I was hooked from start to finish, and rank this book just under "My Sister's Keeper" my all-time Picoult favorite.
The way the characters interact with each other is as engaging as the story itself. I actually felt like I was in each character's head, understanding their thoughts and feelings, caring for them all. While other reviewers had complaints about the story being taken "from the news," what's wrong with life inspiring a writer? I actually applaud Jodi for presenting a different view, and for taking some responsibility as a writer to probe and reflect on what causes teens... adults... anyone really, to turn out the way they do.
Given customer and critic reviews, I decided to read this book. However, I couldn't make it after the first half. The premise of a judge being able to sit over a trial where she has so many personal connections to the victims and the perp is so patently absurd I couldn't take it anymore. The author tries to explain - because her daughter wasn't techinically shot - its fine for her to preside. However, anyone with the most elementary understanding of law and judicial ethics knows that the lawyers would request a change of venue, at the very least a recusal, and she would end up sanctioned by the state judical ethics board in a heartbeat. If you are a legal professional, it will make you absolutely crazy to try to swollow something so ridiculous. Since its hardly a sideline, its the whole premise, I had to quit. I'm guessing other legal professionals would have to as well.
Once again Jodi Picoult delivers a mind-boggling, suspenseful story. Her work is so good that it is easy to forget you are reading (listening) to fiction and her characters are unforgettable. Her books are believable and relevant and "Nineteen Minutes" is no exception.
This book is a "must read" for any educator from pre-k to university professor, as well as any school administrator, school board member or government official involved in the education system.
Having been "Peter" for much of my life, all I can say is "But there for the Grace of God go I."
JP has captured not only the essense of what a victim of perpetual bullying feels, hears, thinks and does; she also has effectively presented the side of the parents, the school, the system and the bullies.
I have listened to this book completely three times and certain parts at least two more times. It speaks to my soul and I have found some peace and comfort for the victim in me by KNOWING that someone out there truly understands what it is like to be a victim like Peter.
Thank you Jodi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.