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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.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens -- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who -- if anyone -- has the right to judge someone else?

Topics: New Hampshire, Small Town, Suspenseful, Haunting, Bullying, Mass Murder, Grief, Suicide, Revenge, Mothers, Sibling Rivalry, Mothers and Daughters, and Outcasts

Published: Atria Books on Mar 5, 2007
ISBN: 9781416538950
List price: $12.99
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While the premise itself was exciting, the novel itself didn't "wow." The twist at the end could be easily figured out and the characters were reprehensible. HOWEVER, the story did delve into psychological aspects which is what I enjoy. Overall, a decent read but not fantastic.read more
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While the premise itself was exciting, the novel itself didn't "wow." The twist at the end could be easily figured out and the characters were reprehensible. HOWEVER, the story did delve into psychological aspects which is what I enjoy. Overall, a decent read but not fantastic.read more
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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.read more
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While the premise itself was exciting, the novel itself didn't "wow." The twist at the end could be easily figured out and the characters were reprehensible. HOWEVER, the story did delve into psychological aspects which is what I enjoy. Overall, a decent read but not fantastic.
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While the premise itself was exciting, the novel itself didn't "wow." The twist at the end could be easily figured out and the characters were reprehensible. HOWEVER, the story did delve into psychological aspects which is what I enjoy. Overall, a decent read but not fantastic.
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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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