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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 WhateverHere are a few This is from a funeral scene Loud, noisy sobs the kind that splattered against the walls of the church like paint I wonder how long it took her to think that one up.Or this one If you were uncertain in the decisions you made as a father, could you patch over your insecurities with the confidence you had as a professional Or would the fix always be flimsy, a paper wall that couldn t bear weight Or this Picasso Bruises bloomed on her skin where he held her fast, as if she were a canvas and he was determined to leave his mark How about this gem and the way the stars were pricking at her skin, like inoculations for a terminal disease I could go on and on, but I ll stop with one In the upper right hand corner were the lunch ladies, slopping food onto plastic trays as students came through the line one by one, like drops through an intravenous tube Yes Exactly like that Ugh You know, for the most part, this was a pretty solid read, formula wise But every time I came upon one of these ridiculous analogies, it took me out of the story and I d think, why the hell was that needed Okay, Let s do one for the description of Alex s eyes Hers were the pale gray that made you think of nightfall and silver bullets and the edge of winter.O Kaay.This is a writer that is trying way too hard.Further view spoiler The whole Josie thing was nothing than a twist for the sake of a twist and did not ring true to me one bit.Oh, she loves him, no, she hates him, no, she loves him, no, she shoots him, no, she loves him again.And, how could Peter s attorney possibly think that a difference circumstance with his TENTH murder after his rampage would have a significant impact on his sentence Give me a break Really hide spoiler 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 with the book is that I was expected to think or at least consider that a kid being bullied for years is an excuse to shoot up a high school, killing not only the cliche popular jerks but also several innocent bystanders No I m sorry, no It didn t help that the bullied kid in question was utterly unlikable, as was his tragic friend with the abusive jock asshole boyfriend every high school related convention and cliche is used and run into the goddamned ground here, and it is unpleasant But here s the real reason the book gets one star, and I don t consider this a spoiler because I think people deserve to be warned about this the morbid fascination of school shootings stems from, I believe, the mystery of why any kid would go to such an extreme Since most of the people who commit this crime end up killing themselves, we never really know how or if they justified their actions With this in mind, pretend you re a writer working on a book about a school shooting, where the killer narrates some of the story Wouldn t it be a good idea to have a chapter where the reader gets to be inside the killer s head during the actual shooting, so they could understand his thought process and logic If you answered well, duh, then congratulations, you are not Jodi Picoult Throughout the entire book, we never, ever get to see the shooting through the bullied kid s eyes Why did he shoot the people who never harmed him, including a teacher who was kind to him and some random girl just walking in his line of fire Did he feel any remorse during the shooting What was he thinking Why did he stop in the middle of his spree to sit down in the cafeteria and eat a bowl of cereal We never find out, and this infuriated me so much Picoult might as well have ended the book with, I m Jodi Picoult and I get paid thousands of dollars to print out crap they sell in airport bookstores I do what I want, so fuck you Yeah, you know what Fuck you, Jodi People are only buying your damn book so they can get into the killer s head in the exact way I ve described, and you re just screwing with them Not cool. @Download Book ⚟ Nineteen Minutes Ì In Nineteen Minutes, You Can Mow The Front Lawn, Color Your Hair, Watch A Third Of A Hockey Game In Nineteen Minutes, You Can Bake Scones Or Get A Tooth Filled By A Dentist You Can Fold Laundry For A Family Of FiveIn Nineteen Minutes, You Can Stop The World, Or You Can Just Jump Off It In Nineteen Minutes, You Can Get Revenge Sterling Is A Small, Ordinary New Hampshire Town Where Nothing Ever Happens Until The Day Its Complacency Is Shattered By A Shocking Act Of Violence In The Aftermath, The Town S Residents Must Not Only Seek Justice In Order To Begin Healing But Also Come To Terms With The Role They Played In The Tragedy For Them, The Lines Between Truth And Fiction, Right And Wrong, Insider And Outsider Have Been Obscured Forever Josie Cormier, The Teenage Daughter Of The Judge Sitting On The Case, Could Be The State S Best Witness, But She Can T Remember What Happened In Front Of Her Own Eyes And As The Trial Progresses, Fault Lines Between The High School And The Adult Community Begin To Show, Destroying The Closest Of Friendships And Families Nineteen Minutes Is New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult S Most Raw, Honest, And Important Novel Yet Told With The Straightforward Style For Which She Has Become Known, It Asks Simple Questions That Have No Easy Answers Can Your Own Child Become A Mystery To You What Does It Mean To Be Different In Our Society Is It Ever Okay For A Victim To Strike Back And Who If Anyone Has The Right To Judge Someone Else YOWSA What a thought provoking, absorbing listen While I m 12 years late, it was great to finally get around to this incredible read, no matter how difficult the subject matter, and unfortunately, still so relevant today.I chose the audiobook format and found it very hard to hit the pause button.It was impossible for me to not to fall in love with some characters and feel utter hate for the actions of others I am purposely being vague about the storyline, as I cannot encourage you enough to go in totally blind for the most powerful and surprising effect.This is definitely one I will never forget It had been way too long since I was entertained by Jodi Picoult and will check my local library s inventory for of this author s audiobooks.Extremely well written and narrated This is a powerful read After an act of violence is perpetuated at the local high school, those 19 minutes change a New Hampshire town forever The writing is riveting and poignant We are reading about the events leading up to the climax The history of the individuals involved Their mindset It s a lot to take in Especially because the good aren t all good and the bad aren t all bad I think as readers, it puts us in a unique and introspective position as we are not shown only the parts that are convenient The big picture isn t simple either It s messy It s emotional It s heartbreaking There are no winners It makes you think about the signs you are possibly not seeing The things you are saying or not saying for that matter It makes you think about things done to you or things you may have done to others Although I predicted some of what turned out to be the twist in the story, I found myself utterly drawn in by the story The characters were dynamic and complex Layered very well The plot dealt with a sensitive situation gracefully not taking short cuts and offering a well rounded perspective The writing was just stellar An absolute win Safety There is abuse and sex that doesn t always appear to be consensual There is a lot of physical violence. 3.5 StarsThe oldest book on my TBR is finally complete My sopho year of high school, a classmate of mine gave a presentation on this book saying it was her favorite of all time, and ever since then I ve been interested in what she loved so much about it Books about school shootings have always intrigued me, but they re especially relevant today I m glad I read this book after I read A Mother s Reckoning because that gave such an insight to being in the critical spotlight as the mother of a school shooter and a lot of Sue s experiences were echoed in this book.My lasting impression of this book rests on two things 1 It reads kind of like an episode of law and order just a little bit too cookie cutter and predictable in a way that reminds you that what you re reading watching is fictional.2 This book is now a bit dated This shooting in the book occurred in 2007, and the media and technology have evolved so much now that parts of this felt antiquated.This was still worth the read after owning it for 4 years, but I can t say it s one of my new favorites. 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 and to those people who feed in to gain their desires In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game In nineteen minutes, you can back scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist you can fold for family of five In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge. In a small town of New Hampshire, Sterling, the people were shattered by an act of violence A violence that no one expected, a massacre that kills ten students and injured nine The unforgettable event that widen the understanding of every witness that touches and experience such violent event From the eye of a seventeen year old boy, Peter Houghton, the act of killing is just the beginning of everything and the act of killing himself to free from his past.Josie Cormier, lying in a blood bath, nobody knows if she was dead or alive but the simple glitch of her body she was discovered to be the only survivor who never injured totally She can be the witness of the killing, but the down side is, can she ever remember what happened Besides her, two shots found in the body of the most popular jock and Josie s boyfriend, Matt Royston, no pulse, blood flows and dead on the spot.For the eyes of the two mother, Lacy and Alex, both were good mothers, they tried to be with their son and daughter and their friendship that they thought will last long How can they even manage the situation when they needed each other again for so long Sometimes, being a good mother takes a lot of sacrifice for the safety of others.I really liked Jodi s concept of applying bullying on one of her books, this one affected me so much Not because I bullied others, it is because I ve been bullied ones School is a place where most of the students thought that can protect them or us, but this time, a school can only be as dangerous as what Peter thought A place where bullies, jocks, queens and the cheerios lived and reign Nowadays, computer games, social networking or the online life itself can be a tool to gain freedom from the outside world Some people talk much online or just being friendly to others but personally they are just puppet of the real world This place is just a place were outsiders come and a place where people thought they are safety But online, can be a tool to bullying cyber bullying You don t know their are people who are talking at your back, trying to send private messages, hiding their faces or they wanted you to be like them There is no age limit and everyone can do such little creepy crime When you discovered it, you ll realize their is no such place as safe For Peter and the other people who read the book, it will be a lesson to us.The medical psychology and law factor of this book, indeed a great success form her other books It has a stronger structure than her past novels except Plain Truth which also have the same strong medical and law factor plus she also included great conflict between two cultures How can she manage to write such book, pact with exciting events I don t know, maybe she extended her research not only the part of the bullied but also the effect of the simple crime to a child plus her experience How many people died everyday How many kids suffering from bullying How many lives do we need to destroy or How many kids died of bullying Wish this book will be a great inspiration to everyone Everyone have their own role in the society.The bully, the bullied, and the bystander are three characters in a tragic play performed daily in our homes, schools, playgrounds and streets The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander Barbara ColorosoRating Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, 5 Sweets and the ugly bullies What to do with bullies Keep them alive I don t know Flagged them Blocked them I don t know I think they are just trying to bully you to sustain their popularity or they are just wanted attention from others Attention seeker Or they are just wanted you to be like them Anyway, I don t know maybe we just leave them alone Challenges Book 53 for 2011 Book 6 for Jodi Picoult Reading Challenge 2011 A minha opini o em v deo adorei este livro Toda a hist ria volta do bullying e do massacre que aconteceu na escola, o desenvolvimento e depoimento das personagens, a maneira que est contadoperfeito.Mais um excelente livro da Jodi Picoult. I have read most of Jodi Picoult s books, and they are always entertaining and easy to read However, this one was definitely not my favorite, and I often found it a bit formulaic and poorly executed Maybe it s because I HAVE read so many of her books that I was looking for her signature twist at the ending which an astute reader will guess at halfway through the book, if not earlier , and her characters seem to act in certain ways that are not fitting Spoilers Follow SPOILERS BELOWThe book is centered around a high school shooting, the culprit a teenage boy named Peter Houghton, who to my mind is not a very convincing villain The reader is supposed to empathize with Peter from the time he s a baby this supposed monster is shown as a tender, loving boy who gets picked on mercilessly at school The point, really, is to show that even the most sensitive, nice child can be turned into a killer when he is bullied relentlessly But I still never really saw Peter, as he is portrayed in the flashbacks, as the same kid who was purported to have killed ten of his classmates in a murderous rampage.Another loose end that never seems to get tied up is Peter s questioning of his sexuality In one chapter, Peter is going to a gay bar and a GLAAD meeting, thinking he likes men He is sitting next to Josie, another main character, and thinking that although she s pretty, he feels nothing for her Fast forward fifty pages, and he s sending Josie a lovesick email about how much he wants to be a couple with her The point of this, ostensibly, is to show that because the bullies tormented Peter with cries of homo , that caused him to even question his own sexuality But the email to Josie just seemed to be a convenient, and very out of character, move to tie plot points together.The most baffling of all, and the hardest to accept, is the infamous Picoult plot twist which is set up through the whole book, via a second gun with only a partial fingerprint, that seems to have been fired but nobody can find the bullet, and it s lying on the floor in the room with Josie, her dead boyfriend, and the shooter Glimpses of a quasi abusive relationship between Josie and her jock boyfriend surface, and then the bombshell JOSIE shot the boyfriend And THEN Peter shot him too Despite the fact that Josie loved him Or hated him Despite the fact that Josie has shown no inclination toward homicide, and happens to be standing face to face with the boy who has just slaughtered all of her friends Does this seem believable to anyone Again, it s ostensibly because Josie doesn t see another way out of this relationship the jock boyfriend has threatened to kill himself if she ever leaves him But shooting him in the gut That s a bit overwrought and hard to swallow.I write this review as a loyal fan of Jodi Picoult s work, and an ardent fan of books like The Pact and My Sister s Keeper I just wish Picoult would step out of the box a little bit and shake things up just like moviegoers are starting to tire of M Night Shyamalan s plot twists and wacked out endings, so I m beginning to be unsurprised and underwhelmed by Picoult s work. 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 bullies in this story was beyond the pale It was easy to see how he could have been driven to do what he did, even though it was absolutely horrific.2 High school is hard I think most of us can look back on our high school days and remember struggling to fit in, remember the cruelty of some kids, and remember thinking that being popular meant you d made it in life Now, with my adult perspective, I can see how silly much of it was, but I remember that it was very real to me I wasn t popular, but I did find my niche I went through my share of teasing, and in the end I think it made me a stronger person, however I never endured anything like what Peter had to endure and I wonder how I would have gotten through something like that.3 Nobody can judge a situation perfectly equitably Not even a superior court judge The storyline of Alex and her daughter showed that quite well, but so did the stories of most of the characters You can t judge only on face value, or even on actions only Piccoult did an excellent job of playing Devil s advocate for every single characterso much so, that it is difficult to make up your mind one way or the other.4 Schools may have a zero tolerance policy for bullying, but in reality, they turn a blind eye to much of it I have experienced this a bit with Bria s schools I think it is impossible for the teachers and administration to really see what is going on all the time, but I do think that they need to be aware of who is the bully and who is the victim It was very sad and even gut wrenching to see how the teachers either didn t want to deal with Peter s situation, half heartedly dealt with it, encouraged it, or punished him right along with the bully I don t really know what the answer is, but it seems to me there s got to be something better.5 Peter s crime shouldn t be blamed on his parents, but they aren t guilt free, either We can see that Peter s parents did what they thought was best, and they loved him However, from the time he was born, they constantly compared him to his older brother, who was seemingly perfect It got to a point that Peter couldn t confide in them about the hurt he was experiencing, because they always asked why he couldn t just be like Joey And then to have Joey killed tragically a year before Peter s shooting spree didn t help Both parents eventually admitted to themselves that they would have rather had Peter been killed in the car accident instead of Joey Wow I am pretty sure that kind of an attitude is evident to children, no matter how hard you try to hide it Other mistakes these parents made were writing off Peter s anti social behaviors for normal teenage boy actions, and not really trying to have a relationship with him Allowing him his privacy, instead of finding out what he was up to and what was going on in his life in a way that showed they truly were interested about him and truly cared They seemed to be the poster children for loving, but lazy, parenting Which really isn t loving, actually.Likewise, Alex had issues being a mother, and it took a tragic event to help her to reevaluate her priorities and her actions as Josie s mother I was happy she recognized her mistakes and worked to be better, but still, much of the damage had already been done At least it wasn t as bad of a situation as Peter s parents were in, where the damage had all been done and there was no repairing any of it.6 Ultimately, it doesn t matter what the mitigating circumstances are The law is still the law Alex dealt with this early in her career as a judgenot agreeing with some laws but still having to uphold them legally gun control And of course, Peter and Josie needed to pay for their actions That is the law I don t think it could be any different, and of course, I don t excuse Peter for what he did As the trial showed, there were other kids who were bullied just as much who didn t decide to shoot up the school There are so many other things I could say about this book Piccoult is obviously very good at bringing up hot button societal issues and presenting them in a way that makes you really think I am excited to read of her novels.A few silly annoyances because I always have them 1 One of the first times we meet Judge Alex Cormier is when she is pregnant with Josie and she fills out a form with her name Alexandra Cormier Later in the book it talks about how her name isn t short for Alexandra like people assume Well then, why would she fill out paperwork like that 2 People are constantly pinching the bridge of their noses in exasperation I swear I read that phrase than 5 times 3 I didn t feel the twist at the end was sufficiently explained Maybe the abusive relationship she sort of showed between Matt and Josie explains it She foreshadowed a bit that something big was up, but I didn t feel that what Josie ultimately did made a ton of sense in the situation Perhaps a bit backstory on the relationship, or at the very least, on Josie s feelings about the relationship, would have made sense to me As it was, I felt it was a bit out of place Definitely twisty, though So if that s what Piccoult was going for, then great.