New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.
Picoult, acclaimed for her penetrating explorations of the gray areas in modern society, asks difficult questions in Nineteen Minutes, which may be her most powerful and important novel yet.
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"Brilliantly told....The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every bit as gripping and moving as Picoult's previous novels, Nineteen Minutes will no doubt garner considerable attention for its controversial subject and twist ending." (Booklist)
"Picoult spins fast-paced tales of family dysfunction, betrayal, and redemption....[Her] depiction of these rites of contemporary adolescence is exceptional: unflinching, unjudgmental, utterly chilling." (The Washington Post)
I am still haunted by this book. It made me take a strong look at how kids treat each other. I have 2 little kids and am terrified that they will not be in the "popular" crowd or if they will be bullied or bully someone else. The girl's telling of those final 19 minutes accounts were quite surprising to say the least. Even though this book was fiction; it contained some true factors. Kids are cruel; even starting in kindergarten through high school. I listened to it right after the Va State shootings and thought the maybe that student might have thought similiar things as Peter did. I felt for Peter at times for the level of cruelty that he suffered. I thought that author wrote a great book and I will remember it for quite a long time!
This is a book I will think about for a long time. It left me feeling pain and empathy for the main characters. This is my first Piccolt book. All I can say is that she has researched the topic of bullying in schools, coming of age and finding one's place in the social structure of children and teens. I wish I had read this when my children were younger. Now I want to ask them about what happened in their schools.
I loved this book, as I loved My Sister's Keeper. I finished it just before the Viginia Tech shootings, and found myself thinking about the incident at VT from many more angles than I would have if I had not read the book.
I have a hard time with Jodi Picoult, sometimes I love the book and sometimes I feel like it must have been written by someone else. But I did love this one and recommend it.
Every educator from k through graduate school should read this book. It is fiction but the core message is not.
The book is especially a valuable 'read' for elementary and secondary teachers. It could persuade teachers to be more vigilant about stopping the bullies in their schools.
parents ,choose this book.it is well written. i hung on to every word.The characters could be your children.It is enlightening and forces me to really listen carefully to my sons and watch for signs of happiness and downward moods.I tried to absorb every thought.Great book that really touches your heart. It will make you appreciate your children,your family,and friends.I will listen to this again. I enjoyed this emotional book and have purchased other books by the author
Powerful read. I just finished the book 2 days after the VA Tech disaster. The author does a wonderful job in explaning both sides of this horrible situation.
This was not my favorite of her books by far. Generally, she keeps me sort of guessing until the end and has me in complete tears. I was not as impressed with this book as I have been with some of her others but I did enjoy it.
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