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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
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Mar 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult-realistic-fiction
Read in March, 2009

The event of this book is a school shooting in which 10 people die and 19 are injured. Every dimension is explored: the families of all involved, the survivors, the victims, the shooter, the investigators, lawyers, judges and all their relationships, the motive,the crime, the evidence, and the trial. Although it isn't even told chronolgically and covers roughly 18 years, it was riviting and easy to follow, considering the many characters. Mostly this is a story that asks the question, how much bullying can a person absorb before their reaction, or defense, is considered criminal? This is a very gray book, raising questions with answers that you would presume should be black and white. My first Jodi Picoult book. It was emotionally exhausting, thought provoking, intense and very, very sad. It forced me to remember instances in my own life when I was a victim of bullying, how it made me feel, and how I reacted. An uncomfortable read, but an important one.

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