Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes: A Novel

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  • Nineteen Minutes: Lives Change In Less Than Twenty Minutes

    Mar 16, 2007 by GravityGirl is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting genre, characters, plot.
    Cons: None!

    Summary: A couple of weeks ago, I read a review of Jodi Picoultís newest novel, Nineteen Minutes. I had not been aware that the book was coming out, but the plot sounded interesting and I have enjoyed Picoultís books in the past. I quickly placed an order at ... read more

  • Doesn't quite grasp its subject matter

    Feb 28, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Twist ending, solid anti-bullying message
    Cons: Extremely cliched high schoolers, lacking realism for its topic

    Summary: Jodi Picoult takes a complex topic (school shootings) and writes it with a shallow approach. 'Nineteen Minutes' centers on a judge and her teenage daughter, Josie, who is intimately connected to the school's tragedy because of her past friendship ... read more

  • Wonderful!

    Jan 27, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great style of writing, real-life subject matter
    Cons: For a more grown up audience

    Summary: I went into reading Nineteen Minutes hearing about how much of a depressing author Jodi Picoult was, so I didn't have very high expectations to read this. Also, it was for a school project, so I was thinking that I would end up being pressured ... read more

  • The creation of a mass murderer!

    Dec 12, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An extraordinary ability to fairly examine two sides of a difficult, provocative issue.
    Cons: Some readers would take issue with there being two sides to the issue at all.

    Summary: Peter Houghton would hardly be considered a typical seventeen year old teenager. Because one morning, he loaded his backpack with four guns, went to school and killed nine students and a teacher.Jodi Picoult's enthralling best-selling novel ... read more

  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult - School Shooters are Made, Not Born

    Jul 25, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent characters, good treatment of subject matter, perspective from all sides
    Cons: the ending

    Summary: They love to tell you Stay inside the lines But something's better On the other side - John Mayer, No Such Thing For the eleventh grade summer reading this year, the kids were assigned the book Nineteen ... read more

  • Jodi Picoult's Best Novel: Nineteen Minutes

    Jul 13, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great character development, solid story
    Cons: Depressing, silly romantic sub-plot

    Summary: I’ve read several novels by Jodi Picoult this year. I find that they each have a lot in common. Ms. Picoult seems to write fairly depressing stories about teens and children for the most part. I’ve become glued to her books, and ... read more

  • Nineteen minutes is spectacular and heart wrenching all in one

    Jul 10, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: addresses current concerns, intricate, compelling, riveting
    Cons: Some high school stereotypes

    Summary: Sterling New Hampshire is a quaint, quiet, town until one day an event unfolds in the high school so horrific that it holds the town hostage in anger, confusion, and fear. Life is forever divided between before and after. Peter is smart but he lives ... read more

  • A "Must-Read" For Every Parent, Student and School Faculty Members

    Jun 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Picoult's description of high school life is so accurate, so vivid.
    Cons: The ending isn't as much a shock as the book intends.

    Summary: I picked up Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes while shopping for groceries at the local market. I had absolutely no idea what the book was about but I had read another Jodi Picoult book called The Pact years earlier and had loved it. I was not to be ... read more

  • Harbinger of Vengeance and Death

    May 26, 2008 by countess_eva is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great characterization, intricate plot, well told, makes you think.
    Cons: Slow paced, some unlikable characters, massive leaps in time.

    Summary: The brilliant, neon colored hopes of youth. The risks, the dares, the soaring hopes are so boundless, so natural, so easily destroyed. Yes, Virginia, life isnít fair and although the dingy cloak of maturity hides the inner child and that raging voice, we ... read more

  • If Picoult will keep writing them I will keep reading them!

    Apr 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A great novel that will make you think and will also surprise!
    Cons: None!

    Summary: A few weeks ago I read Jodi Picoults novel Nineteen Minutes. As usual I spent the entire novel conflicted. Not because I did not like the book (I certainly loved it) but because I never seem to know whose side I am suppose to be on. This is because ... read more

  • Amazing read

    Jan 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great read, page turner, something different, based upon topic that is a headliner
    Cons: Sometimes completely heart wrenching

    Summary: This book deals with a fictional form of what so many people have not experienced in true life. We have all, in some form or another, been touched by a school shooting. This book opens your eyes to things that you might not have previously considered ... read more

  • This one really makes you think

    Dec 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: captivating, honest, relevant
    Cons: not a happy story

    Summary: Jodi Picoultís books never seem to disappoint me. Her writing style draws you in very quickly and makes it hard to put the book down. Picoultís books are by no means happy go lucky, but touch on very real topics. Most recently, I read 19 Minutes ... read more

  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

    May 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compelling story, suprise ending
    Cons: none of the artistic nuances of Picoult's earlier works

    Summary: Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoultís most recent novel, and I predict it will become her best seller to date. It focuses on the events leading up to and following a high school shooting. Peter Houghton, picked on by school mates from the first day of ... read more

  • Picoult does it again - a fascinating and relevant read

    Mar 25, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Current, relevant topic; insightful, realistic portrayal of youth and the impact of social heirarchy
    Cons: It's too true - it may be fiction, but it's art imitating life.

    Summary: If you were a teenager in any American high school when the Columbine school shooting took place, you know that times have changed compared to "the good old days" (read: before Columbine). School shootings have become more common, but school security has ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • The best book I've ever read.

    Dec 18, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great story line, interesting, and real.
    Cons: Was upset when it was over. 

    Summary: This book made me think, and kept me really interested. I read it in highschool, and unlike me, most of the other students in my class hated reading, but they all finished this book and were happy that they did so. This book is real, and makes you ... read more

  • my review

    Apr 2, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Very Engrossing and has a somewhat unpredictable ending
    Cons: The shootings were very graphically described more than was necessary.

    Summary: Very enthralling. Good twisting and turning in plot of book. Good character portrayal. What I liked was the way the author developed the plot and the relationships between the characters. What I disliked was the graphic nature of some of the ... read more

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