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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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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
LaShon Swan Mrs.WaldmanEnglish 10A12 January 2013 19 Minutes Book ReviewBy Jodi Picoult"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." The book 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult was an excellent realistic fiction novel. Picoult really captured the reader and kept her on the edge of the seat. The beginning of the story takes place on March, 6th 2007. The main character, Josie, is introduced as well as a few others. Josie is a popular teen girl, who is portrayed as a pretty girl with blue eyes, long straight brown hair and a freckle behind one ear. From the outside Josie looks flawless. She’s pretty, has a perfect boyfriend named Matt and she’s privileged. Josie is currently being raised by a single mother and doesn’t feel that she should be holding this “popular and privileged” lifestyle. Alex Cormier is the local judge, as well as the mother of Josie. The way Picoult portrays Alex, it is clear to the reader that Alex and Josie have a very distant and strained relationship. The main conflict in this book revolves around Peter, a high school student who doesn’t fit in. Peter wakes up one morning goes on the computer and sees something he shouldn’t have seen. He then decides he wants to shoot up his school. The shooting only takes exactly 19 minutes hence, the title of the book. During this 19 minute window, Peter manages to shoot ten people in total: nine teenagers and one teacher including Josie’s boyfriend Matt. The remainder of the book focuses on the legal actions that were taken to defend, and support the families of the people who were hurt. Alex, being a judge soon partners up with Patrick who is the sole detective at the local police department to find out who should be put in jail for this massacre. This book’s main theme is finding out the real person behind the mask. For example, you may see your neighbor every day before you leave for work; he always looks happy and content. Although he may be going through a tough divorce or the loss of a close friend. Much like how everyone views Josie as a girl who has it all, while on the inside she’s hording pills in case she has to commit suicide. The pills that Josie hoarded are used as a literary device throughout the book. The idea being that if things get too tough she could end it all. Towards the end of the book, when everyone takes their masks off we do learn a few secrets about Peter, Josie and Matt. Overall, I believe this book was a very good read. It kept me on the edge of my seat while raising my curiosity levels. I would give this book five out of five stars because it was a fast paced book that kept me thinking throughout. I love how Jodi Picoult wrote the book as if she as writing to me [the reader] in particular. If you’re looking for a book to intrigue you, keep you emotionally attached as well as get some insight on school shootings I would suggest 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult.more
This book was probably my favorite by Picoult. This book is filled with tragedy, drama, and relationships. Josie is a popular girl in high school who seems to be pretty much perfect, until a shooting at her school. This turns her world upside down, and people she loves and once loved, are on all sides of the effects of this shooting. We re-live parts of Josie's past to get a better view on the story, along with the story being told from multiple perspectives. This is another roller coaster of emotions, but kept me reading like no other book.more
This book had me SO hooked! It was so enthralling and I couldn't put it down. It definitely makes you look at and think about all sides of an issue: the how's and why's for everything that happens. This book secured me as a big fan of Picoult!more
Am Morgen des 06. März 2007 betritt Peter Houghton seine High School in Sterling, New Hampshire; im Gepäck: 4 Waffen und 200 Schuss Munition. Innerhalb von 19 Minuten tötet er 10 und verletzt 19 weitere Menschen. Ein Ereignis, das ganz Sterling in die Fassungslosigkeit stürzt. Josie Cormier, Tochter der zuständigen Richterin und Peters Freundin aus Kindheitstagen, überlebt neben der Leiche ihres Freundes Matt, kann sich aber nicht an Einzelheiten der Ereignisse erinnern. Schnell wird klar, dass Peters Kindheit und Jugend für ihn ein Martyrium waren und er jeden Tag durch die Hölle gegangen ist und seine Chance gesehen hat Rache zu nehmen...Wieder mal ein sehr guter Roman von Jodi Picoult. Wie alle Bücher der Autorin hat auch dieser Roman eine unwiderstehliche Magie, ist spannend und wahnsinnig interessant. Allerdings werden auch hier wieder zahlreiche Klischees bedient: das unsichere Mädchen, das gar nicht beliebt sein möchte und sich möglichst aus jeglichem Mobbing heraushält und trotzdem zur beliebten Clique gehört, das typische Opfer, aber auch die stereotypen Täter, die ganz selbstverständlich beliebt sind und auch nach einem tragischen Ereignis keine Einsicht zeigen. Der Roman ist aus mehreren Sichten geschrieben, was es leicht macht sich in die einzelnen Personen reinzuversetzen und die Handlungen und Gefühle zu verstehen, was ich immer ganz toll finde und auch sehr wichtig, wenn man wirklich eine gute Autorin ist. Es bleibt bis zur letzen Seite spannend und ich habe wieder einmal gemerkt, dass Jodi Picoult meine Lieblingsautorin ist.Ich kann jedem nur empfehlen dieses Buch zu lesen. Es ist natürlich auch in Deutsch erhältlich mit dem Titel "Neunzehn Minuten."more
I wasn't sure about this book when I started it. I don't step out of my comfort zone when I read much, so I gravitate back to the same authors over and over again. I was almost tempted to stop reading this book shortly into it. In fact, I did put it aside to read other things for a while, but in the end I am really glad that I picked it back up again.I could really identify with Peter, and could see what would bring him to do what he did. I could also identify with Josie and when the truth came out, I was proud of her for finally standing up for, not only herself, but for her friend. I think people could learn quite a bit from Josie and from Peter.I'd highly recommend it to everyone.more
This book was very powerful and emotional. I cried at the end. I really enjoyed how it gives the perspective off all characters, giving the reader a better understand of what people go through with life.more
I read it because my son gave me the book for Christmas. Would not have bought it myself. The story line is too real and sad. I feel bad for families who live through these types of events.more
This book was amazing. Picoult is such a remarkable, lyrical and evocative writer. I really thought she was true to how the pain and trauma of a high school shooting affect the community. I also really liked how we saw the tragedy through multiple perspectives. It really was jarring how Peter's parents felt just as lost, confused and heartbroken as the parents of the victims. Of course, for Lacey and Lewis, they were also plagued with self-doubt in their parenting abilities and blamed themselves for what Peter did. I found it to be an interesting change that Peter did not kill himself at the end of the shooting spree, and I liked how we got to see what was going on in his head. Sometimes, I found myself sympathizing with him, but at others, I found him to be remorseless and a repulsive human being. At the heart of the matter, I do think Peter was a very tortured individual who was driven to do what he did out of desperation and a desire to make the bullying stop. Obviously, I don't condone his actions, but it's shocking how much psychological and physical abuse he went through.One thing I noticed about Josie was that she seemed to give Peter mixed messages. At times, she treated him with such distaste and at others, she's kissing him in elevators. The relationship between them was so complex and I really liked how both the characters were written. There were a lot of moments when we saw Josie through Peter's eyes (to let the reader know how much Peter cared about her), and there were a few where we saw Peter through Josie's eyes (to let the reader see how separated in status they were). It was an interesting writing style to adopt where we saw Peter differently by everyone.The ending was incredible. This book forces you to see both sides of the story and really makes you think. Highly recommended.more
Nineteen Minutes is about a town called Sterling; an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens. Then one day a shocking act of violence happens. A boy attemps to kill himself in the bathroom and Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, accidently witnesses it. After it happened though, she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, things start to come up that destroy the closest friendships and families.I thought more could have been told at the end of the book; I still had questions about what happened that they never answered.more
While suffering cabin-fever in Kaikoura during the rain I managed to read the two books I had taken with me, and with no others the wife gave me this one which she read in quick time as well.I have read a Picoult book in the past on insistence (My Sister's Keeper) and quite liked it, but the wife assured me this one was a good'un. And she was right...The story revolves around a high school shooting (in America, where else?) and the consequence it has on the families of those killed, those who survived, and in particular the parents of two kids: one the alleged shooter, the other the his love interest. But it also scratches that nasty wee scab in teenage life - bullying.Won't give away too much, but do insist on reading it. Well researched and written, it jumps between three times; the day of the shooting, the years leading up (quite literally from the shooter's early childhood), and the months afterwards (specifically the trial). And unlike other stories that try this format, it is very easy to know who and what you are dealing with especially as the characters (and there are plenty making more than just an extra) are well written and memorable.A long book at over 400 pages, but this means nothing as the book is too hard to put down, although just as hard to pick up being so big and heavy!My only criticisms of this book is the lack of insight and POV from the shooting itself which really would have set this book into the next level as you can't help but have a morbid fascination in what, why and how, and the ending I thought was a little 'short', and romanticised...but that's just me.more
“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. Nineteen minutes is how long it took the Tennessee Titans to sell out of tickets to the play-offs. It’s the length of a sitcom, minus the commercials. It’s the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling, New Hampshire. In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.”In this bone-chilling novel by Jodi Picoult, a small close-knit town is shocked by a sudden act of violence. For the truth to be revealed, the witnesses to the event must figure out for themselves the difference between fact and fiction. And for some citizens to learn how to cope with the aftermath, they have to figure out where the line lies between right and wrong. With the judge’s daughter as the best witness to the crime, she is forced to remember what she saw in the final moments of some of her peers lives. As the story goes back and forth in time, the audience is entitled to view new friendships and old friendships, new relationships and old relationships and what they all have in common with this violent moment that has scarred the citizens of Sterling forever.This amazingly raw and emotional story had me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Jodi Picoult delivers another great novel, that you keeps you guessing until the very end. I very much enjoyed this book because it was so unpredictable and brought some very important questions to light in a difficult and tragic situation. It shows the audience what it means to be different in society and demonstrates how people fight those who are a bit different.more
Great book, big theme of bullying and popularity which a lot of middle school students struggle with.more
"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."This book gave me chills. It is the story of a young man that was bullied throughout his whole life and eventually goes on a Columbine-like shooting rampage at his high school. The story is told through the viewpoint from several teens, including the shooter himself. This book changed me. I can't recommend it enough.more
This book was amazing. Page turner till the very end. Romance, violence and heartbreak all twisted into one, defiantly another Picoult masterpiece. :)more
I picked up this book almost immediately after reading hey nostradamus from douglas coupland, so I thought to myself: ok, this should be interesting, yet another book on backgrounds of a school shooting. well, as always, there are many aspects, as many stories as people involved, and many ways to write. so I was not bored or disappointed, far from it, it was just - different. a good read.more
Wonderful read. The format this book is written in: Different points of view, different time sequences, perfection. Loved the story, the characters, the subject. While not as good as We Need to Talk About Kevin, it is still a great read.more
Probably my second favorite of Picoult's novels, this book deals with trauma: the trauma suffered by a bullied teen boy, the trauma of a young woman's boyfriend being killed, and the trauma of raising teenagers. This book dives into what it's like to be bullied, and allows the reader to see that everything is not always as it appears.more
I did not enjoy reading this book and I did not like the ending at all. The ending reminded me of another book by the same author and the "twist" at the end left me wondering a lot about mother-love.I would have preferred not to finish the book at all but it is on my e-reader and it would have kept popping up until I either struggled through to the last page, or, alternatively deleted it which I did not want to do at this stage.more
I would give this one three and a half stars if I could. I didn't like this one as much at first, it took a while to grow on me. I think it was a tough read because similar stories like this had been done before, and I wasn't expecting anything new.more
Jodi Picoult is known to tackle controversial issues in her novels, as evidenced by her novel "My Sister's Keeper", and she does it in a superb manner. "Nineteen Minutes" is a rare specimen of a book that allows you to take one controversial subject, a high school shooting in the small town of Sterling, and provides you an insight on how it affects all of the people surrounding it - be it the victims, the shooter, the parents of either, and even the law-enforcement involved. Picoult manages to take a subject filled with horror and violence, and infuse it with character, strength and courage in the most sensitive and humane manner possible.Peter Houghton, a 17-year old who'd been bullied since his first day of kindergarten, wakes up one day and decides that he could no longer bear being a victim. He carries four guns, two pistols and two shotguns, into his high school and within the span of Nineteen Minutes, he lines the school halls with ten dead bodies and several injured victims. His story is intertwined with that of Josie Cormier, a former friend of Peter, now a popular girl who is part of the "in-crowd" and in a relationship with Matthew Royston,her controlling boyfriend - a girl who finds herself feeling alienated even by those who she is closest to, her popularity coming at the price of never knowing who her true friends are. Also, tied to their stories are that of Peter's parents, who find themselves tearing down and examining every act of theirs as parents to see if it was their fault that their son is now, what most would call, a monster. And the story of Josie's mother, Alex, who feels like she has failed as a parent for a totally different reason."Nineteen Minutes" will surprise you, make you cry, and sympathize with each of its characters. It will not provide you with answers, and is never "black or white" - but it will also not prevaricate, and will force you to make your own judgments on who you think stands to be punished - the bully or the bullied? The murderer or the victim? The child or the parent? Personally, I feel that Nineteen Minutes should be mandatory reading for teenagers, so that they can understand what impact their actions could possibly have - be it pulling someone's pants down in a crowded cafeteria, or shooting out in a public high school. This book rattled me a little (at times, a lot), thinking of what my children would have to go through once they would reach high school, but it also made me want to try that much harder to make this world a safer haven for my future children - to understand them, regardless of how different they might be. I highly recommend this book to ANY and EVERY one!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
LaShon Swan Mrs.WaldmanEnglish 10A12 January 2013 19 Minutes Book ReviewBy Jodi Picoult"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." The book 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult was an excellent realistic fiction novel. Picoult really captured the reader and kept her on the edge of the seat. The beginning of the story takes place on March, 6th 2007. The main character, Josie, is introduced as well as a few others. Josie is a popular teen girl, who is portrayed as a pretty girl with blue eyes, long straight brown hair and a freckle behind one ear. From the outside Josie looks flawless. She’s pretty, has a perfect boyfriend named Matt and she’s privileged. Josie is currently being raised by a single mother and doesn’t feel that she should be holding this “popular and privileged” lifestyle. Alex Cormier is the local judge, as well as the mother of Josie. The way Picoult portrays Alex, it is clear to the reader that Alex and Josie have a very distant and strained relationship. The main conflict in this book revolves around Peter, a high school student who doesn’t fit in. Peter wakes up one morning goes on the computer and sees something he shouldn’t have seen. He then decides he wants to shoot up his school. The shooting only takes exactly 19 minutes hence, the title of the book. During this 19 minute window, Peter manages to shoot ten people in total: nine teenagers and one teacher including Josie’s boyfriend Matt. The remainder of the book focuses on the legal actions that were taken to defend, and support the families of the people who were hurt. Alex, being a judge soon partners up with Patrick who is the sole detective at the local police department to find out who should be put in jail for this massacre. This book’s main theme is finding out the real person behind the mask. For example, you may see your neighbor every day before you leave for work; he always looks happy and content. Although he may be going through a tough divorce or the loss of a close friend. Much like how everyone views Josie as a girl who has it all, while on the inside she’s hording pills in case she has to commit suicide. The pills that Josie hoarded are used as a literary device throughout the book. The idea being that if things get too tough she could end it all. Towards the end of the book, when everyone takes their masks off we do learn a few secrets about Peter, Josie and Matt. Overall, I believe this book was a very good read. It kept me on the edge of my seat while raising my curiosity levels. I would give this book five out of five stars because it was a fast paced book that kept me thinking throughout. I love how Jodi Picoult wrote the book as if she as writing to me [the reader] in particular. If you’re looking for a book to intrigue you, keep you emotionally attached as well as get some insight on school shootings I would suggest 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult.more
This book was probably my favorite by Picoult. This book is filled with tragedy, drama, and relationships. Josie is a popular girl in high school who seems to be pretty much perfect, until a shooting at her school. This turns her world upside down, and people she loves and once loved, are on all sides of the effects of this shooting. We re-live parts of Josie's past to get a better view on the story, along with the story being told from multiple perspectives. This is another roller coaster of emotions, but kept me reading like no other book.more
This book had me SO hooked! It was so enthralling and I couldn't put it down. It definitely makes you look at and think about all sides of an issue: the how's and why's for everything that happens. This book secured me as a big fan of Picoult!more
Am Morgen des 06. März 2007 betritt Peter Houghton seine High School in Sterling, New Hampshire; im Gepäck: 4 Waffen und 200 Schuss Munition. Innerhalb von 19 Minuten tötet er 10 und verletzt 19 weitere Menschen. Ein Ereignis, das ganz Sterling in die Fassungslosigkeit stürzt. Josie Cormier, Tochter der zuständigen Richterin und Peters Freundin aus Kindheitstagen, überlebt neben der Leiche ihres Freundes Matt, kann sich aber nicht an Einzelheiten der Ereignisse erinnern. Schnell wird klar, dass Peters Kindheit und Jugend für ihn ein Martyrium waren und er jeden Tag durch die Hölle gegangen ist und seine Chance gesehen hat Rache zu nehmen...Wieder mal ein sehr guter Roman von Jodi Picoult. Wie alle Bücher der Autorin hat auch dieser Roman eine unwiderstehliche Magie, ist spannend und wahnsinnig interessant. Allerdings werden auch hier wieder zahlreiche Klischees bedient: das unsichere Mädchen, das gar nicht beliebt sein möchte und sich möglichst aus jeglichem Mobbing heraushält und trotzdem zur beliebten Clique gehört, das typische Opfer, aber auch die stereotypen Täter, die ganz selbstverständlich beliebt sind und auch nach einem tragischen Ereignis keine Einsicht zeigen. Der Roman ist aus mehreren Sichten geschrieben, was es leicht macht sich in die einzelnen Personen reinzuversetzen und die Handlungen und Gefühle zu verstehen, was ich immer ganz toll finde und auch sehr wichtig, wenn man wirklich eine gute Autorin ist. Es bleibt bis zur letzen Seite spannend und ich habe wieder einmal gemerkt, dass Jodi Picoult meine Lieblingsautorin ist.Ich kann jedem nur empfehlen dieses Buch zu lesen. Es ist natürlich auch in Deutsch erhältlich mit dem Titel "Neunzehn Minuten."more
I wasn't sure about this book when I started it. I don't step out of my comfort zone when I read much, so I gravitate back to the same authors over and over again. I was almost tempted to stop reading this book shortly into it. In fact, I did put it aside to read other things for a while, but in the end I am really glad that I picked it back up again.I could really identify with Peter, and could see what would bring him to do what he did. I could also identify with Josie and when the truth came out, I was proud of her for finally standing up for, not only herself, but for her friend. I think people could learn quite a bit from Josie and from Peter.I'd highly recommend it to everyone.more
This book was very powerful and emotional. I cried at the end. I really enjoyed how it gives the perspective off all characters, giving the reader a better understand of what people go through with life.more
I read it because my son gave me the book for Christmas. Would not have bought it myself. The story line is too real and sad. I feel bad for families who live through these types of events.more
This book was amazing. Picoult is such a remarkable, lyrical and evocative writer. I really thought she was true to how the pain and trauma of a high school shooting affect the community. I also really liked how we saw the tragedy through multiple perspectives. It really was jarring how Peter's parents felt just as lost, confused and heartbroken as the parents of the victims. Of course, for Lacey and Lewis, they were also plagued with self-doubt in their parenting abilities and blamed themselves for what Peter did. I found it to be an interesting change that Peter did not kill himself at the end of the shooting spree, and I liked how we got to see what was going on in his head. Sometimes, I found myself sympathizing with him, but at others, I found him to be remorseless and a repulsive human being. At the heart of the matter, I do think Peter was a very tortured individual who was driven to do what he did out of desperation and a desire to make the bullying stop. Obviously, I don't condone his actions, but it's shocking how much psychological and physical abuse he went through.One thing I noticed about Josie was that she seemed to give Peter mixed messages. At times, she treated him with such distaste and at others, she's kissing him in elevators. The relationship between them was so complex and I really liked how both the characters were written. There were a lot of moments when we saw Josie through Peter's eyes (to let the reader know how much Peter cared about her), and there were a few where we saw Peter through Josie's eyes (to let the reader see how separated in status they were). It was an interesting writing style to adopt where we saw Peter differently by everyone.The ending was incredible. This book forces you to see both sides of the story and really makes you think. Highly recommended.more
Nineteen Minutes is about a town called Sterling; an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens. Then one day a shocking act of violence happens. A boy attemps to kill himself in the bathroom and Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, accidently witnesses it. After it happened though, she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, things start to come up that destroy the closest friendships and families.I thought more could have been told at the end of the book; I still had questions about what happened that they never answered.more
While suffering cabin-fever in Kaikoura during the rain I managed to read the two books I had taken with me, and with no others the wife gave me this one which she read in quick time as well.I have read a Picoult book in the past on insistence (My Sister's Keeper) and quite liked it, but the wife assured me this one was a good'un. And she was right...The story revolves around a high school shooting (in America, where else?) and the consequence it has on the families of those killed, those who survived, and in particular the parents of two kids: one the alleged shooter, the other the his love interest. But it also scratches that nasty wee scab in teenage life - bullying.Won't give away too much, but do insist on reading it. Well researched and written, it jumps between three times; the day of the shooting, the years leading up (quite literally from the shooter's early childhood), and the months afterwards (specifically the trial). And unlike other stories that try this format, it is very easy to know who and what you are dealing with especially as the characters (and there are plenty making more than just an extra) are well written and memorable.A long book at over 400 pages, but this means nothing as the book is too hard to put down, although just as hard to pick up being so big and heavy!My only criticisms of this book is the lack of insight and POV from the shooting itself which really would have set this book into the next level as you can't help but have a morbid fascination in what, why and how, and the ending I thought was a little 'short', and romanticised...but that's just me.more
“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. Nineteen minutes is how long it took the Tennessee Titans to sell out of tickets to the play-offs. It’s the length of a sitcom, minus the commercials. It’s the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling, New Hampshire. In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.”In this bone-chilling novel by Jodi Picoult, a small close-knit town is shocked by a sudden act of violence. For the truth to be revealed, the witnesses to the event must figure out for themselves the difference between fact and fiction. And for some citizens to learn how to cope with the aftermath, they have to figure out where the line lies between right and wrong. With the judge’s daughter as the best witness to the crime, she is forced to remember what she saw in the final moments of some of her peers lives. As the story goes back and forth in time, the audience is entitled to view new friendships and old friendships, new relationships and old relationships and what they all have in common with this violent moment that has scarred the citizens of Sterling forever.This amazingly raw and emotional story had me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Jodi Picoult delivers another great novel, that you keeps you guessing until the very end. I very much enjoyed this book because it was so unpredictable and brought some very important questions to light in a difficult and tragic situation. It shows the audience what it means to be different in society and demonstrates how people fight those who are a bit different.more
Great book, big theme of bullying and popularity which a lot of middle school students struggle with.more
"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."This book gave me chills. It is the story of a young man that was bullied throughout his whole life and eventually goes on a Columbine-like shooting rampage at his high school. The story is told through the viewpoint from several teens, including the shooter himself. This book changed me. I can't recommend it enough.more
This book was amazing. Page turner till the very end. Romance, violence and heartbreak all twisted into one, defiantly another Picoult masterpiece. :)more
I picked up this book almost immediately after reading hey nostradamus from douglas coupland, so I thought to myself: ok, this should be interesting, yet another book on backgrounds of a school shooting. well, as always, there are many aspects, as many stories as people involved, and many ways to write. so I was not bored or disappointed, far from it, it was just - different. a good read.more
Wonderful read. The format this book is written in: Different points of view, different time sequences, perfection. Loved the story, the characters, the subject. While not as good as We Need to Talk About Kevin, it is still a great read.more
Probably my second favorite of Picoult's novels, this book deals with trauma: the trauma suffered by a bullied teen boy, the trauma of a young woman's boyfriend being killed, and the trauma of raising teenagers. This book dives into what it's like to be bullied, and allows the reader to see that everything is not always as it appears.more
I did not enjoy reading this book and I did not like the ending at all. The ending reminded me of another book by the same author and the "twist" at the end left me wondering a lot about mother-love.I would have preferred not to finish the book at all but it is on my e-reader and it would have kept popping up until I either struggled through to the last page, or, alternatively deleted it which I did not want to do at this stage.more
I would give this one three and a half stars if I could. I didn't like this one as much at first, it took a while to grow on me. I think it was a tough read because similar stories like this had been done before, and I wasn't expecting anything new.more
Jodi Picoult is known to tackle controversial issues in her novels, as evidenced by her novel "My Sister's Keeper", and she does it in a superb manner. "Nineteen Minutes" is a rare specimen of a book that allows you to take one controversial subject, a high school shooting in the small town of Sterling, and provides you an insight on how it affects all of the people surrounding it - be it the victims, the shooter, the parents of either, and even the law-enforcement involved. Picoult manages to take a subject filled with horror and violence, and infuse it with character, strength and courage in the most sensitive and humane manner possible.Peter Houghton, a 17-year old who'd been bullied since his first day of kindergarten, wakes up one day and decides that he could no longer bear being a victim. He carries four guns, two pistols and two shotguns, into his high school and within the span of Nineteen Minutes, he lines the school halls with ten dead bodies and several injured victims. His story is intertwined with that of Josie Cormier, a former friend of Peter, now a popular girl who is part of the "in-crowd" and in a relationship with Matthew Royston,her controlling boyfriend - a girl who finds herself feeling alienated even by those who she is closest to, her popularity coming at the price of never knowing who her true friends are. Also, tied to their stories are that of Peter's parents, who find themselves tearing down and examining every act of theirs as parents to see if it was their fault that their son is now, what most would call, a monster. And the story of Josie's mother, Alex, who feels like she has failed as a parent for a totally different reason."Nineteen Minutes" will surprise you, make you cry, and sympathize with each of its characters. It will not provide you with answers, and is never "black or white" - but it will also not prevaricate, and will force you to make your own judgments on who you think stands to be punished - the bully or the bullied? The murderer or the victim? The child or the parent? Personally, I feel that Nineteen Minutes should be mandatory reading for teenagers, so that they can understand what impact their actions could possibly have - be it pulling someone's pants down in a crowded cafeteria, or shooting out in a public high school. This book rattled me a little (at times, a lot), thinking of what my children would have to go through once they would reach high school, but it also made me want to try that much harder to make this world a safer haven for my future children - to understand them, regardless of how different they might be. I highly recommend this book to ANY and EVERY one!more
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