Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
After a school shooting devastates a small town in New Hampshire no one is excluded from the aftermath. This riveting and fast-paced novel is written from the points of view of the shooter, surviving students and parents. Peter, the shooter, has put up with years of harassment and torment from his fellow classmates who had made his life hell. Josie tries to cope with the loss of her first love, Matt while her mother Alex, who’s the judge assigned to the case, tries to develop a connection with her. Josie who could be the prosecution’s best witness, claims not to remember anything from that day. Friendships and relationships falter and dissolve as everyone tries to heal and cope with the loss of ten students. Peter’s mother Lacey tries to figure out where her parenting went wrong. Through flashbacks and clips of the present Jodi Picoult gives us insights to the mind of Peter and Josie’s thought process as she made life altering decisions in the past.
I really liked this book. As with all of Jodi Picoult’s books, it is impossible to predict the endings of her novels. This book is extremely well written and by far one of the best books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it to every audience.
Written by Valerie Class of 2010