Jodi Picoult is an American author. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Nineteen Minutes is Picoult’s first book to debut at #1 in the New York Times Best Seller list.
Nineteen Minutes revolves around Peter Houghton, a victim of bullying, who takes his revenge through a school-shooting. This book highlights what it means to be different in our society and how the way you deal with challenges speaks volumes about your past. Right through the book, time shifts from the events before, during, and after the shooting. The author vividly describes Peter and his relationship with different people, especially his former best friend Josie Cormier. Peter is shattered when Josie decides to stop associating herself with him and hangs out with the shallow, popular crowd instead. After an endless struggle with the bullies, not to mention, an identity crisis, Peter decides to shoot the whole school down. When he is confronted, he says the disturbing words “They started it.”
Various subplots keep this fast-paced novel very intriguing and in the end, Picoult manages to tie all the loose strings together in a commendable manner. The author also does an excellent job of playing devil’s advocate for all the characters and this story is one that impacts the reader and changes your perception regarding people. Having truly enjoyed the nature of the plot and the author’s writing style, I would definitely recommend Nineteen Minutes as a book worth reading.
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