Nineteen Minutes

In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk two miles. You can sew a hem.
In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world; or you can just jump off it.
In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

You wake up to your alarm clock and don’t want to get out of bed because you are terrified to go to school. Who is going to harass you today and who is going to beat you up? Will you get humiliated today or just ignored as if you don’t exist? You pray nobody even notices you are there, it’s easier that way.

That is where I come from when reading the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult because this is not just about the horrifying deaths of 10 people in a school shooting, it is also about the painful life of a child up until the moment he just couldn’t take it anymore.

Peter was a happy child with his best friend Josie growing up but the moment he went off to Kindergarten he was teased. When Josie chose to be a part of the popular crowd and leave Peter behind it only became worse for him. Peter hopes that maybe a teacher or even his own parents can stop the others from hurting him but they can’t.

The questions that are brought up in this book are: Are the parents to blame for the child’s problems? Should the school have done more? Why would one kid that was teased take things so far when others that are teased don’t do anything? Did they deserve what they got?

In the end, there are still some questions left unanswered but I think it’s impossible to answer all the questions when it comes to a subject this complicated. This is one of the best reads I’ve done in a very long time, it was thought provoking and incredibly suspenseful and even had a surprise ending. –Miss Knowitall

Rating: — This is a must, you hear me?


  1. Mr. Fabulous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:32 am

    It sounds like a really good book. I just wish I had more time to read…

  2. themuttprincess

    August 6, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I actually saw that book at the book store last week and was gonna get it. But I didn’t. I am too cheap. Once it is for sale at the used book portion I will check it out….. LOL (Or I may splurge)

  3. Laci

    August 6, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I :heartbeat: this book. I easily read it over two days. It ranks right up there with The Lovely Bones.

  4. Robin

    August 6, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Mr. Fab – That’s why I do audio books.

    TMP – Go to the library, I get the audio books from library nice and easy.

    Laci – The Lovely Bones is a GREAT book!!

  5. Tara

    August 6, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I’m going to start utilizing the library or buy a tea or something and sit in the bookstore and read cover to cover like the other poseurs do. :wave:

    Sounds interesting. One thing, though — I can’t walk two miles in 19 minutes. No freakin’ way.

  6. Janet

    August 6, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    This sounds like a good book! I always wait until it comes to my library, but I will definitely add it to my must read list:)

  7. Angel

    August 6, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll definitely be buying this one. Thanks for the review. I’m sure that this will make me cry, because I am really sensitive, and I cry about things like this. I do the same thing with movies.

    PS- Based on your reviews so far, in my opinion, you have excellent taste!! I love your reviews and look forward to them weekly.

  8. Robin

    August 6, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Tara – :lmao: Good point. I rarely sit to read anymore, I have to do the audiobook. I’m starting to wonder if I’m making my ADD worse by feeding it.

    Janet – I got this through the library as I usually do.

    Angel – That means a lot, you have no idea. My dream was to be an entertainment reviewer and I used to do it in college.

  9. themuttprincess

    August 6, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    OH, I do not think I can have someone read to me a book. Their voice would probably be annoying to me. Plus, my imagination works during a good book better than most movies…..

    I looked at the audio books at barne-n-noble….. But nope… I just can not do it….

  10. MisstressM

    August 6, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    You are like my soul sister. I totally love you. And Jodi Picoult. I have not read that book yet, but I read another book it’s a memoir (I am addicted to those) its called Please stop laughing at me. The book had me in tears and I set a whole day aside just to read the book. I didn’t even leave my bed.

  11. Robin

    August 6, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    TMP – You get used to it.

    MistressM – I love you too :heartbeat: I am such a :dunce: I didn’t know she wrote that book. My therapist had me get that book to deal with my childhood stuff but I haven’t read it yet. I guess I’ll read it now :doh:

  12. brenna

    August 7, 2007 at 5:49 am

    wow, it sounds like one of those books you can’t put down. I’m definitely picking this one up. Thanks.

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