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On Peter Houghton's first day of kindergarten, he watched helplessly as an older boy ripped his lunch box out of his hands and threw it out the window. From that day on, his life was a series of humiliations, from having his pants pulled down in the cafeteria, to being called a freak at every turn. But can endless bullying justify murder? As Picoult attempts to answer this question, she shows us all sides of the equation, from the ruthless jock who loses his ability to speak after being shot in the head, to the mother who both blames and pities herself for producing what most would call a monster. Surrounding Peter's story is that of Josie Cormier, a former friend whose acceptance into the popular crowd hangs on a string that makes it impossible for her to reconcile her beliefs with her actions.
At times, Nineteen Minutes can seem tediously stereotypical-- jocks versus nerds, parent versus child, teacher versus student. Part of Picoult's gift is showing us the subtleties of these common dynamics, and the startling effects they often have on the moral landscape. As Peter's mother says at the end of this spellbinding novel, "Everyone would remember Peter for nineteen minutes of his life, but what about the other nine million?" --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book. And... wow! Great structuring, very intense reading. The way in which she seizes this very difficult subject and makes you, in the end, feel... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Midnight owl
This book grabs you from the beginning. Picoult does a great job telling the story of Peter and Josie. Things aren't always cut and dry like you think they are. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Samantha P Gilbert
one of the best books written by Jodi Picoult hard to put downPublished 3 days ago by lynette williams
I might have enjoyed it a tiny bit more if it were written in chronological order instead of jumping around in time, but perhaps the author wanted to emphasize the cause after we... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marilyn Voorhies
Lame - cliched, stereotyped, improbable. Does not in any way explore mass shooting in a real or useful way.Published 4 days ago by Sandra J Kile
All it took for Peter Houghton to change the lives of a small community was nineteen minutes. In nineteen minutes he got the revenge he had been wanting for years on the people who... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lorrrie
I've read a few of Jodi Picoult's books and this one was my favorite. It was very intense and in certain parts left me in tears. I didn't expect the ending at all. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Barbara DiLisio