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?