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Jodi Picoult, autora de Por la vida de mi hermana, nos presenta su libro más fascinante, con una alarmante y conmovedora historia acerca de las repercusiones devastadoras de una tragedia en un pueblo pequeño de los Estado Unidos.

Sterling es un pueblo común en New Hampshire donde nunca ocurre nada -- hasta el día que su complacencia es hecha añicos por un acto de violencia. Josie Cormier, la hija de la jueza que preside el caso, es la mejor testigo con la que cuenta el estado, pero no puede recordar lo que ha ocurrido delante de sus propios ojos ¿o sí?

A medida que el juicio avanza, empiezan a hacerse visibles las grietas entre las autoridades del colegio secundario y la comunidad adulta del lugar -- destruyendo los lazos más fuertes de familia y amistad. Diecinueve minutos nos hace preguntarnos qué significa ser diferente en nuestra sociedad, quién tiene el derecho de juzgar a otro y si las personas son lo que realmente parecen ser.
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ISBN: 9781439170359
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I've read almost all of Ms. Picoult's books. I've enjoyed most of them very much and I liked Nineteen Minutes. I enjoy the different perspectives of the story that Ms. Picoult uses in most of her novels.more
You know what I HATE about Jodi Picoult? She always has a FANTASTIC plot idea, and then screws the whole thing up by tying everything up with a freaking pretty bow for the last 20 pages of the book. I really hated this one, mostly because all of the forensic stuff was messed up AND the mom would have never been the judge AND there was a fact-based error about the school shooting at Thurston High School. Ugh.more
I've read enough Jodi Picoult to see where this story was going long before it got there. Even so, it was a quick and engrossing read.more
I adored this one for the most part. It usually takes me quite a while to struggle through Picoult books, but I couldn't put this one down until I finished. Once again, I found myself liking all the characters I assume I was supposed to dislike, and visa versa. The story follows the aftermath of a school shooting, and also gives the background of each of the main characters. I thought Peter was portrayed perfectly, and for a murderer of 10 people, he was actually rather likable. What I found particularly striking was the fact that even after the shooting, after the people in the town realized the effects of bullying and the consequences, all the students just kept on bullying- even the kids who had lost close friends and/or had been injured in the shooting themselves. I would have given this book five stars if it hadn't been for the choppy ending. It was a 500 page book- and she wrapped it all up in a few pages, it was too quick. Overall, though, an excellent piece of writing.more
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I've read almost all of Ms. Picoult's books. I've enjoyed most of them very much and I liked Nineteen Minutes. I enjoy the different perspectives of the story that Ms. Picoult uses in most of her novels.more
You know what I HATE about Jodi Picoult? She always has a FANTASTIC plot idea, and then screws the whole thing up by tying everything up with a freaking pretty bow for the last 20 pages of the book. I really hated this one, mostly because all of the forensic stuff was messed up AND the mom would have never been the judge AND there was a fact-based error about the school shooting at Thurston High School. Ugh.more
I've read enough Jodi Picoult to see where this story was going long before it got there. Even so, it was a quick and engrossing read.more
I adored this one for the most part. It usually takes me quite a while to struggle through Picoult books, but I couldn't put this one down until I finished. Once again, I found myself liking all the characters I assume I was supposed to dislike, and visa versa. The story follows the aftermath of a school shooting, and also gives the background of each of the main characters. I thought Peter was portrayed perfectly, and for a murderer of 10 people, he was actually rather likable. What I found particularly striking was the fact that even after the shooting, after the people in the town realized the effects of bullying and the consequences, all the students just kept on bullying- even the kids who had lost close friends and/or had been injured in the shooting themselves. I would have given this book five stars if it hadn't been for the choppy ending. It was a 500 page book- and she wrapped it all up in a few pages, it was too quick. Overall, though, an excellent piece of writing.more
Picoult's drama about the aftermath of a Columbine-style massacre and the life of the killer, particularly his relationship with a childhood friend who eased his outcast status until she was lured away by high school popularity, isn't great. Some characters are stiff, Picoult's metaphors are invariably ham-fisted, and you can make a game out of seeing how early you figure out the surprise ending (for me it was on page 87), but this is all beside the point. Nineteen Minutes depicts the fundamentals of human experience–families, life and death–in a straight-on way, and its specifics about the cruel politics of high-school cliques are compelling. A few chapters in you'll be hooked and want to see how it turns out, so the book does its job.more
Jodi Picoults' books always have hard-hitting topics, this one was an extremely hard topic to read knowing that such a tragic school shooting had occured a few weeks prior at an elementary school right down the road from where I grew up. I've always been intriged as to what goes through the shooter's mind, and how he/she feels it's the only option they have.This book gave me a new perspective. This book deals with a lot of extremely controversial issues, and I felt like I had many conflicting thoughts as I read this book, but I think that was Picoult's plan for this book, to show that in some cases the shooter is still a victim, whether it be due to bullying or hate crimes, etc. I know that is not always that case, and even if it is shouldn't result in that type of violence, but It makes you aware of what doing emotional damage to people can sometimes lead to.This book took me a while to get through, not because it wasn't an engrossing read, but because the subject matter at times was quite difficult, parts of this novel (although written back in 2007) felt ripped from the current headlines, and it was an emotionally taxing read that at times I had to put down for a bit to digest the information, and reflect on my thoughts and opinions on the matter. I feel like this is an important piece of literature. I myself graduated high school 10 years ago, but this was an issue back when I was in school around the time of Columbine, and this is still an issue today.I feel like people need to be aware that this is something that can happen anywhere, and recent events have surely proved that. I think awareness is a big part of the solution. Knowing the signs of mental illness and having stricter rules regarding bullying could really impact the actions of some teens who feel like revenge is the only way to conquer their hurt. Jodi Picoult wrote a very-well crafted story that is so raw and emotional, it's not an easy read, but something I feel is very important.more
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