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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Many thanks to Doris Eith for reviewing Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes!

Nineteen Minutes is a fictional story similar to the Columbine tragedy.  The writing is compelling and asks us to think about dysfunctional families, bullying and school dynamics.  It questions preconceived ideas about everyday life and how we treat those who don’t fit in.  Do not judge others when there is also a story behind the headlines.

The novel is set in small town Sterling, New Hampshire where nothing ever happens until complacency is shattered by violence that took nineteen minutes. Events unravel in alternating narratives of everyday life and show the social pressure of conformity. After the mass shooting, many characters are explored further with the trial bringing out empathy for the troubled teen as the story unfolds.  Why did Peter kill ten and injure many others in a mass shooting?

The story is well written with snapshots of characters that stay with the reader long after the trial ends.