Thursday, August 14, 2008

123. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

About the book

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.

I really enjoyed this book. Ok maybe enjoy is the wrong word to use since how can you enjoy a book about a school shooting. I thought it was very well done and some things that happened I did not see until they did.


Kristie said...

I loved this book. It got me hooked to Picoult. I thought it was so well written and raw and I felt for everyone. I read it when it first came out and I still remember exactly how I felt when reading it.

Heidi said...


I have had this one sitting here for awhile. I am glad I finally read it. I have a bunch of her older books to read on of these days.