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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
Too many inaccuracies and the ending was so unlikely as to be ludicrous.Published 4 days ago by Ruth Johnson
I think this book is brilliantly written and hard to put down. Really makes you think and I love that in a book.Published 6 days ago by Lyn Meachen
Nineteen Minutes was a very good read. I enjoyed it a lot. The ending left me feeling like the story was not complete, I wanted more answers. It was overall a great book.Published 6 days ago by TamTam
Anything by Jodi Picoult is a great read. I do my best to find her books and am always glad when there is the ease of ordering online. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Raleen