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.
didn't enjoy this book as much as some of her others (ie my sisters keeper etc). Perhaps it was bad timing that I started to listen to it soon after the Virginia murders, but even despite that, I felt it was often predictable.
The concept for this story intrigued me at the same time it repelled me. How could this type of story be anything but depressing. This author does such a amazing job of telling this story from all sides without trying to pull your heart-strings in any direction. The emotions are real & raw & true. I have always been a fan of Ms. Picoult's work, but I didn't truly appreciate her wonderful writing style until listening to this.
Jodi Picoult has done it again with her new book, nineteen minutes. The story could be based on a true story it is so real. In fact I listened to it a week before the Virginia University School Shootings and the first thing that came to mind was asking whether the killer was bullied or not. It was surreal. The book is extremely long- 21 hours, but well worth it.