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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
A really deep and thought provoking read! I would have loved to learn more of what happened to Josie, more from her point at the end. Overall fantastic!Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A captivating read that drew me in from the start. Wonderful, truthful writing about a subject few will address.Published 6 hours ago by Sarah Norval
Compelling novel and should be required reading for students and school teachers.Published 8 hours ago by Linda Nicka
This book really sheds light on the problem of bullying in this country and how boys are expected to "man up" and deal with teasing and horrible treatment. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ronni W.