Reader reviews for Diecinueve minutos (Nineteen Minutes: Novela

Obviously, the subject matter of this book is extremely difficult. I imagined I knew just exactly how the story was going to unfold; a troubled teen seeks revenge on his school. To my joy and surprise, this was only half of this story. This was my first title by Jodi Piccoult, who had come highly-recommended. I was completely taken back and touched by the narrative from the various points-of-view. Particularly fascinating to me was the view from Peter's mother and father. In the horror that surrounds such events, rarely is any thought given to the parents of the shooter. I suppose largely due to the fact that few of the shooters actually survive. Piccoult elevated this narrative to a new level by having the shooter survive and by telling part of the story from the mother's view. It enabled her to portray Peter as a sympathetic character; something that surprised me in my reading. Piccoult also kept the suspense in a story that we all thought we would know how ended. The story contained twists right up until the last page.
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Picoult always takes the headline stories and develops a compelling story behind them. Her characters are well-developed and the story has plenty of ideas. But, as in My Sister's Keeper, I felt that the ending was a bit of a let-down. It seems that all the effort and good ideas weren't able to continue to the end in either story and at some point it turns into something more "popular" and less believeable. It disappoints me because up to that point the story is really so good....
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This was an excellent book that captured the thought pattern of both the accused and victum of a terrible crime.It really makes you sit back and see the results of thougtless acts of bullying in school.
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This was my first Picoult novel. It started out fine. I liked her writing style and how the characters were developing. I have always enjoyed books that delve into the criminal mind. My first turn-off was when I came across some timeline errors about two thirds into the book. I don't remember the details, but I remember that I kept rereading the sections and going back to try to figure out what was going on. Thinking I must be completely nuts, I did some research on the web and found the others had noticed the same errors. Things went downhill from there climaxing with an ending that felt very contrived and unbelievable.
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Heart wrenching story of tradegy in a small town and the repercussions it has on everyone.
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This is my first Jodi Picoult book and I wish I could say I enjoyed it more than I did. The subject matter made the book heavy and sad, and perhaps this means Picoult is a talented writer, because I left the book feeling like I needed an anti-depressant.
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i read this book in 4 days..maybe less. it was so close to a real life situation and faced the realities of today's world..it made us (as the readers) start to think about how we act to people we label as like "nerds" or "weird" because anyone could turn around, any day and do something like he did..we need to all be really careful
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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.
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THis book talks about a boy, peter, who is bullied since preschool. For 12 years in his life, he faces bullying for his peers but cannot find help from his parents or teachers. His only friend, Jollie Cornier, leaves him to join the 'popular' kids in the school. Facing psychological pressure from the bullying, he can only seek escape in the world of games. One day, he went to school and shot the bullies within nineteen minutes.
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This title sounds like beach reading. However, his is a powerfully written, very intense book about the events leading to and the aftermath of a high school shooting. Ultimately, however, it is about bullying. Picoult is a writer who is very skilled at allowing her readers into the minds and motivations of her characters, especially the high school students, Peter and Josie. Therefore, I developed a great deal of sympathy for the perpetrator of the violence in the book. From his first day of kindergarten, Peter’s life was one of being on the outside, sometimes physically, and often brutally psychologically bullied. The scenes in which he was taunted I found to be the most excruciating to read. Anyone who works with, or has children should read this book. It tore me up, but I can guarantee that the oddball kids we meet everyday deserve more than they usually receive.
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