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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
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Peter Houghton has been bullied in school since the very first day of Kindergarten. Then one day in high school, he walks into Sterling High and starts shooting. In nineteen minutes there are 10 dead, more wounded, and hundreds left emotionally scarred for life. Josie Cormier, the judge's daughter and long-ago friend of Peter, would be the best eye-witness to the shooting spree if she could just remember what happened. What follows is the aftermath that such a tragic event brings to a small New Hampshire town.

As with "My Sister's Keeper", Picoult uses multiple perspectives to tell the story. As well, the events in the book do not occur in chronological order. Instead the author jumps around in time, giving bits and pieces of the whole story at a time, leaving you with questions to be answered later. In this way, Picoult is able to keep your attention as your read on to discover what really happened to lead up to such a horrible act. Again like "My Sister's Keeper", Picoult tackled a controversial issue, this one written in such sensitive a way as to make you feel sorry for both the victim AND the perpetrator. However, the story could be a bit long-winded at parts and would've been better with 100 fewer pages.

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