Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

A Novel

eBook - 2007 | First Washington Square Press trade pbk. edition
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The daughter of a judge in a New Hampshire school shooting case witnessed the events, but cannot remember the last several minutes of the attack.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, [2007]
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade pbk. edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781416538950 electronic bk
141653895X electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC PICOULT
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 455 pages)
Alternative Title: 19 minutes


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May 27, 2019

I started reading before I knew what the book was really about and was very interested in the female judge. Then I realized it was about a school shooting and I thought "Oh no I don't want to read about this", but then I read a little further and a little further. Now I am glad I read the book, I don't have kids and can't begin to understand the fear of sending a kid to high school with all the school shootings. I never understood bullying either and was never bullied. I liked the twist at the end of the book, Josie finally stood up for herself and her friend. It was disturbing though and can't get it out of your head easily.

Jan 27, 2018

Absolutely brilliant.......the tragic premise of a school shooting by a lonely nerdy boy Peter
who was bullied constantly since he started skillfully explores the events
leading up to and following the shooting from all angles....excellent read

Nov 07, 2016

I really enjoy Picoult's novels, and this was no exception. She writes all angles of a topic and somehow manages to make characters sympathetic when you wouldn't expect them to be. Her books do tend to be detail-heavy, so I skimmed through portions of this book.

Sep 13, 2016

Jodi writes great books and I am reading a lot of hers. This book went into depth about bully's in schools and explains how a teen feels being bullied forever in his life. It was hard to read at times but worth it. I liked this book a lot and hope others read it too. We have to stop bullies in schools to prevent this from happening in the future.

Jul 02, 2016

When we hear of horrific crimes on TV, the first thing we want to know is "why?" Jodi Picoult does an excellent job of leading you to understand the thought-processes of a bullied teen, a "popular" teen, and the other people in their lives (who are mostly oblivious to the feelings of the people they are close with).
I would not want to repeat my teen years EVER again. I would not even want to repeat my 'mother of a teen' years ever again. Jodi helps us understand just how difficult it is to struggle through the emotional trials of teenhood.
But maybe if more people read this book, more of us would pay attention to the feelings of the people around us. Maybe we would even get up the guts to ask people around us how they really feel and then try to help them feel less vulnerable.
Jodi Picoult also helps us see how quickly people jump to conclusions about the guilt of anyone who has been arrested, and the reason why we should consider them innocent until proven guilty. Once we have the whole picture - then and only then - we can form our own judgements.

Dec 29, 2015

Good book, but the pace is very slow. There is a bit of an interesting twist at the end, but I definitely skimmed through a lot of the middle.

PImaLib_EvaO May 07, 2015

Loved this book.

KateHillier Dec 02, 2014

Not my usual wheel house but that is the point of reading book club books. This is my first novel by this author and I can't help but be reminded by the YA Lurlene McDaniel books I read as a teenager. The writing was very similar but I think much cleaner in the latter's case. May have something to do with the length.

The book opens with Josie Cormier hoarding pills as a 'just in case' measure to kill herself, establishes that she is popular but feels/knows she is faking her way through the upper echelons of her small town high school. Her mother, a superiour court judge sees her in a completely different way or not at all depending on who you ask. Then there is a shooting at Josie's high school and the case is going to end up on Judge Cormier's docket. You think that this is going to be a courtroom drama but it really is not. The novel jumps back and forth between the far past (as in Josie's birth and conception) and the present with the past eating up far more of the book than the actual trial. I understand that the relationships between the students at the high school, the parents, and the town itself, are all important in understanding the tragedy but I found it more than a little confusing at points and some detours could have been curbed or cut.

All my sympathies were with the children in this novel, of course. Especially when it came to bullying aspects of the book. There was plenty of food for thought there, for the purposes of the story and for personal reflection, but it still came off as a bit too heavy on the 'after school special' vibe for me.

Jul 21, 2014

I really liked this book as I am a fan of Jodi Picoult. I found the book to be engaging and the twist at the end which threw off the whole book for me. The thing that really stood out is how the details of this school shooting are very similar to the details of the real life school shooting at Columbine High School. I love how Jodi takes real life events and entails them in her novels.

Oct 21, 2013

I also found this book a little disappointing. But as always I admire her writing and giving us many different characters with different views. Jodi Picoult opens the mind with her writing.

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Dec 22, 2008

In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.


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