Very little new insight into the causes of school shootings. Nothing you haven't heard before. The bulk of the book is spent on the relationship between two self-absorbed characters; the judge and her daughter. Neither of whom I had much sympathy for. The book is long and unimpressive and too long a wait for the surprise ending.
I thought this book was a total waste of time. It felt like the author was capitalizing on the topic of school shootings. If she had a point it wasn't developed. The characters were very weak. It seems that the author wants empathy for about every character she creates, yet even in the 20 hours of listening she doesn't create one believable person. I also thought she wrote this book with a thesauresus.
Jodi Picoult writes wonderful books. Sometimes she uses too many metaphors; sometimes she gets bogged down in sadness and depression; but she has never written a bad book. This one is no exception. Nineteen Minutes has wonderful characters that are developed beautifully. Needless to say, the subject matter (school shootings)is highly pertinent in the world today.
This book really makes you think of dynamics: dynamics in our schools, our homes, our society - and thinking "if only."
Great read/listen - HIGHLY recommended.
I thought this was a great book. As a mother of teenage children I found it challenged some of my stereotypical views of kids who fit into certain high school cliques. The book realistically portrayed how relationships of parents and teenagers can be challenging even for parents with the best intentions.
This book was recommended to me as a good book to read while I was on a beach vacation. I knew that My Sister's Keeper was depressing because I had seen the trailer for the movie but otherwise I did not have a clear idea of what Jodi Picoult was all about. If depression and terror are what you are in search for then this book is for you. A friend informed me that most of her books are this way. Somehow the author managed to tap into many of my insecurities and put them all into her book. While I had to finish listening to this book because of the compelling story, even now thinking about all of the events that were uncovered in this novel still puts a knot in my stomach.
Another unbelievable book by Jody, I could not put in down untill the end was reveiled. Thanks Jody for your wonderful imagination.