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 five....In 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?
Peter was a sad character. He was the target of bully since kindergarten. He was kind and sensitive, but since he was not athletic and strong, he became unpopular as a teenager. He was under high expectation from his parents, because his elderPeter was a sad character. He was the target of bully since kindergarten. He was kind and sensitive, but since he was not athletic and strong, he became unpopular as a teenager. He was under high expectation from his parents, because his elder brother was brilliant but got killed in a car accident.
Josie was the only accompany for Peter since they were still kids. However, as she grew, Josie wanted to fit in with other children. That’s why she started to withdraw from Peter. The hatred and pressure accumulated in Peter and finally on a school day, he went into the school and killed 10 people and wounded numerous in nineteen minutes. Josie was also suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In the court, the hard time endured by Peter was revealed. Although the defense lawyer was not able to save him, the actual killer of Matt, Josie’s boyfriend, was uncovered.
The book was a bit long, but the details of parenting, emotions and character descriptions were very fine. The ending was also surprising.
“She let the conversation flow around her, as if she were a stone in a river.” “The best thing is what you think should be done. The rightest thing is what needs to be done – when you think not just of you and how you feel, but also the extra stuff – who else is involved, and what’s happened before, and what the rules say.” “If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled?” “Difference is not always respected – particularly when you’re a teenager. Adolescence is about fitting in, not standing out.” “Imagine how much less it took to destroy something than it did to build it in the first place.” “Something still exists as long as there’s someone around to remember it.”