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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
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Aug 25, 2007

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Read in September, 2007

I don't know what it is about Jodi Picoult's endings that bug me, but they never sit right with me. They're too pat, or too contrived, or something. This is Picoult's "school shooting" novel (I'm wondering if she has a notebook of current hot topics that she chooses her next novel theme from), and it's not bad. Because of the theme, I kept comparing it to Lionel Shriver's "We Need To Talk About Kevin", to "Nineteen Minutes"' detriment. But I enjoyed it nevertheless, and she did a decent job of writing about the "why" of tragedies like that.

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