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As a midwife, Lacy Houghton brings lives into the world.

She didn't expect her son to take them away.

But that's what he did one March morning, when he walked into his high school with guns instead of books and killed ten people.
Along with the rest of the shocked and grief-stricken town, Lacy is left wondering when her shy 17-year-old boy turned into a monster. And was it he...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published 2008 by Hodder (first published March 5th 2007)
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Kate
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Sammy
This book is a hard book to put down because the entire time you're seeking answers. Why? What actually happened? What made it progress to this? Things like that. Things that people asked after Columbine, most recently after Virginia Tech, and after all the other school shootings. Once again Jodi Picoult tackles a sensitive and controversial issue, in an amazingly strong and dignified manner that doesn't have you choosing sides.

She did it to the reader in My Sister's Keeper, where the minute you...more
Lara
Believe it or not, I have never actually read one of Jodi Piccoult's books before. I'm not really sure why, but I haven't.

This particular book has really stayed with me as I finished it, and I think Piccoult makes a few very important points/observations.

1. Sometimes the perpetrator of a heinous crime is the biggest victim of them all. Reading the things that Peter went through sometimes brought me to tears. I have never understood how people can treat others so badly, and the behavior of the b...more
Kwesi 章英狮
I can't stop loving this book, if you guys only have the chance to read this. Sometimes I find her works destructing, annoying and a good sleeping pill for those people who suffer from insomnia. I might be too judgmental but swear, you can take my words after reading her earlier works. This time Picoult wanted to portray a community, a school, where innocent students were bullied by the jocks. The reality of a typical American school environment for students who suffer to stand out in the crowd...more
Madeline
When I read this book a few years ago, I had already gotten through four other Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper, The Tenth Circle, Vanishing Acts, and The Plain Truth, in case anyone cares. I feel that we had a good relationship. Sure, after the first exciting fling things got predictable pretty fast ("gee, I wonder if this one will have dramatic courtroom scenes?"), but Jodi was still able to keep me hooked. Then I read Nineteen Minutes, and decided it was time to call it off.
One big problem...more
Wormie
May 20, 2007 Wormie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone desperate for anything to read
Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoult’s most recent novel, and I predict it will become her best seller to date. It focuses on the events leading up to and following a high school shooting.

Peter Houghton, picked on by school mates from the first day of kindergarten, enters Sterling High, and in nineteen minutes kills ten and wounds another nineteen students.

In typical fashion, Picoult shapes her story by providing various perspectives. We are able to put the story together from Peter’s perspective a...more
Annalisa
Feb 20, 2009 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: McKay Robinson
I tend to rate books by how much they make me think, how much they make me feel, and how much they draw me into their world. With an almost obsessive interest in Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Nineteen Minutes gets high marks from me. The book starts with the scene of a school shooting where you feel a disgust for the kid doing the shooting and sorrow for the victims but as you glean settings from flashbacks you come to sympathize with everyone in the book as a victim, each experiencing loss of...more
Janna
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Dawn
This is an amazing story from one of my favorite authors.
The subject matter is really hard to deal with, especially if you have teenagers or have ever been ridiculed at school. She handles it superbly and puts us right into the action. Feeling the anguish, the anger and the hurt. Showing us how true it is that there is always two -or more -sides to every story. We are forced to grapple with what is just and right. How far our culture will go to be accepted and what a huge impact a teenagers soc...more
Jann
This was the first Jodi Picoult novel I've picked up, despite having her recommended by several of my friends for various novels. I have to admit the plot summary was intriguing enough to pique my interest.

I grew up in a world where school shootings hadn't happened yet. Columbine happened when I was a senior in high school, just a couple months short of graduation. I remember the shift in collective conciousness at the time, how that one terrible event affected us all. After all, it could've be...more
Courtney Payne
My introduction to Jodi Picoult was through the book My Sister's Keeper, which was one of the best books that I read last year. Not so much for her writing, but for the subject matter and the way she crafted the book to have every side of a controversial topic be addressed from a first person perspective by many characters. I quickly picked up several more of her novels after I wept like a baby reading my Sister's Keeper. Every time I was disappointed. But I keep trying. I picked up the audio of...more
Karla
I really feel this book well haunt me. It left a strong impression on my heart. I loved the writing style which gave me a window into all sides of the story from parents of the students, victims, lawyers, judge, shooter, shooter's parents and so on. Was a mystery that made me continue to figure out what all went down. I would recommend this to anyone, it opened my eyes. If my kids were older teens I'd like them to read this as well. Bullying is a huge problem and this was an extreme case. Kids n...more
Carrie
AMAZING...she did it again! I love how there is a twist at the end!!!
Michelle
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Celia
Jun 25, 2008 Celia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Jodi Picoult
Recommended to Celia by: bookclub
Is there a shelf for a book I have to stop reading because I can't stand something about it? In this case, that the writer is a machine that swallows magazines whole and spews out a topic of the month.

Bill
The only other Picoult book I read was My Sister's Keeper, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nineteen Minutes is a favorite among most people, so I had this one slated to read whenever I wanted a quick summer read.

For the last 100 or so pages, I could hardly put it down. Her formula for keeping the reader engaged works very well.
But I had some issues with this book that annoyed the hell out of me. Firstly, I have never come across so many stupid and needless analogies. Or are they similes? Whatever....more
Windy
This is what I have come to understand about Jodi Picoult. She takes a controversial or emotionally-charged topic. School shootings. Childhood leukemia. Amish people. Then she centers that topic around terribly cliched characters and cranks the schmaltz meter to 11. The novels alternate between characters' points of view so quickly that Picoult rivals most TV news stations in offering endless shallow ten-second bits of information. Each little section, offered at a rate that would overwhelm even...more
Morgan
Feb 23, 2008 Morgan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
I have to say that I read this with pretty low hopes, having just finished My Sister's Keeper, and being pretty angry (well, maybe angry is too strong a word) with the ending. I have to say that I enjoyed this one much more, although I think most of that comes from me being a parent and appreciating some sort of the "eye-opening" that parents need sometimes to fully appreciate and shepherd the children in their care.

This book definitely affords that, as most it deals with parents caught within...more
Kelly
Believe it or not, Nineteen Minutes is the first and only Jodi Picoult book that I have read thus far. I can't imagine why I didn't discover her long ago. I loved this one and will definitely be checking out a few of her others.

I found this book to be very thought-provoking. When we see school shootings on the news (and there've sure been plenty of them), we only get a one-dimensional glance of the event. Rarely do we learn much about the shooter's personal life prior and leading up to the event...more
Merrin
I’d heard a lot about her and decided to pick this book up because I wanted to know what the hype was about.

The book’s good, entertaining, well written (for the most part) but I can also see what it is about her that makes her so appealing to the mass market. She definitely has those moments in books where you can tell she set out, in this scene, to tug at your heart strings, manipulative. Maybe not quite as hard core as Nicholas Sparks, but she’s definitely playing the audience.

I suppose, in...more
Ellie
This novel is an absolutely compelling and brilliant read. The tragic premise of a school shooting by a lonely nerdy boy, Peter, who has been bullied constantly since he started school for being "different" and until one day after years of torment and abuse, he finally snaps and takes a backpack full of guns to school and he kills ten people.

Jodi Picoult skilfully explores the events leading up to and following the shooting from all angles, and she does it so subtly that before you know it, you...more
Terrie Shortsleeve
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Mia Queen
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a kockey 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 order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem.

In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.

In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

-Ninete...more
Joyzi
Aug 16, 2011 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jodi Picoult
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
I don't know how to say this, but this book was certainly one of the books that I had read that left a huge impact on how I should see things. This was definitely one of those that I will always remember and never forget.

Truth is the book is depressing, while I'm reading it I'm feeling that the book lacks something and that was "humor." If I have to compare it to My Sister's Keeper wherein there are still dialogues that I've found humorous, this book has none of it. So if you are planning to rea...more
Lori
Sep 23, 2008 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who know the meaning of friendship
Recommended to Lori by: Kendra Keyes
Nineteen Minutes,by Jodi Picoult, This book is about a town with many problems under its immaculate reputation. When a school shooting unveils a moutain of lies and dark secrets blame is tossed around not only from the shooter himself, but also from many of the victims. Sides are choosen and bonds are broken, new alliances made and old alliances upheld, the town is torn apart. It is a story of how everyone has skeletons in their closet. And, faith, though sometimes the hardest thing to come by,...more
Petra X
I've read quite a lot of Picoult now. I started on a high note - My Sister's Keeper, which apart from the cop-out ending, was a really fantastic read. I mostly enjoyed her books with the exception of Salem Falls which failed to ring any bells for me at all, but this book, Nineteen Minutes was... tedious. It started off ok, but one major character turned out to be a red herring and just another woman in need of a f*** and her opposite number, who looked like she was going to be an uber-earth moth...more
Inge
With Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult has another masterpiece in her hands. It is poignant and intense and the last 100 pages were absolutely unputdownable. It is a story of great taboo with two sides, and you find yourself switching sides every chapter. Typical Picoult.

In Nineteen Minutes, teenage boy Peter Houghton brings four guns to his high school and goes on a shooting rampage. Many students were murdered; even more were injured. Thus begins the most important trial their little town has eve...more
Morgan F
On a second reading, I didn't love it as much as the first. When I first read it, I was a Picoult virgin, new to the tropes and melodrama. Now that I'm a bit warier, saw flaws I didn't see before. It's still one of the better Jodi Picoult novels though.
OceMei Belikova♥
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Donna  Happy Booker
I am rating this a 3, but I have to say that I was so annoyed with the ending that I almost wanted to rate this a 1. I usually stay away from anything labeled as "chick lit" and unfortunately, much of this book was exactly what I automatically mentally think about when I hear the words "chick lit". It took a perfectly good plot and then ruined it with unnecessary sub-plots and an over the top, soap opera worthy ending that was beyond absurd. Throughout this incredibly long 21 hour audio, I thoug...more
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her upcoming novel, LEAVING TIME, will be released on October 14, 2014.

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