Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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"In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling's residents. Even those who were not inside the school that morning find their lives in an upheaval, including Alex Cormier. The superior court judge assigned to the Houghton case, Alex - whose daughter, Josie, witnessed the events that unfolded - must decide whether or not to step down. She's torn between presiding over the biggest case of her career and knowing that doing so will cause an even wider chasm in her relationship with her emotionally fragile daughter. Josie, meanwhile, claims she can't remember what happened in the last fatal minutes of Peter's rampage. Or can she? And Peter's parents, Lacy and Lewis Houghton, ceaselessly examine the past to see what they might have said or done to compel their son to such extremes. Rich with psychological and social insight, Nineteen Minutes is a riveting, poignant, and thought-provoking novel that has at its center a haunting question. Do we ever really know someone?"--From source other than the Library of Congress
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2007.
ISBN: 9781416538950
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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.

Jun 30, 2013

Nineteen Minutes is absolutely my favorite book by Jodi Picoult. It is so intense and intricately woven, with beautifully written characters!

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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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