“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 a mile. 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.”
Jodi Picoult is, in my opinion, probably the best of the mass-market fiction authors. Her writing is smart and savvy, and she takes a subject that is part of modern American culture and she turns it on it’s head. Nineteen Minutes is a story about a school shooting. The shooter, Peter Houghton, is an unpopular boy that has been picked on every day of his life. Picoult not only manages to make the reader sympathize with a boy who murders ten people, but we also sympathize another character, Josie Cormier, current member of the popular crowd. The reader sees all sides in Picoult’s books, showing us that we cannot view situations in black and white – there are way too many shades of gray.
Unfortunately, I saw the ending coming a mile away. No surprises for me, but it was still quite the page turner.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007