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)
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.
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I liked this book. It explored a hot topic in a fair manner. She is an author that generally keeps my interest and I think her writing gets better with each book.
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.
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Let me start by saying that Nineteen Minutes was chosen by my book club to read last month; it's not a book that I would've read on my own.
Nineteen Minutes is one of those books that I had to step away from occasionally because there were some scenes that were difficult to read. A mass school shooting is the central theme, but the book also addresses abuse, bullying, single parent issues, children's privacy rights, 2nd amendment rights and a few other things.
This was not a book that I found enjoyable. It actually enraged me at times - the spinelessness of some of the characters, the neglect of school officials to protect a kid who was being viciously bullied on a regular basis, the aloofness of the parents who didn't know that their own children didn't like each other or the carelessness of the parent who allowed her kid the freedom to have sex in the house til the wee hours of the morning as she slept soundly upstairs. WHAT?! There were so many things that seemed foreign and unrelatable to me that I struggled until the very end to finish the book.
I guess the one good thing I can say is that Nineteen Minutes sparked some good discussion at the book club meeting, so there is that.
You may notice that the way I rated this book does not match my review. I'm going to be fair here and acknowledge Jodi Picoult as a good writer. I will not give her low scores just because I didn't care for this book.
Another unbelievable book by Jody, I could not put in down untill the end was reveiled. Thanks Jody for your wonderful imagination.
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