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“As a high school principal, I believe this book should be read by every parent, educator, and adolescent alive. We have so much to learn still and this book shows it.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Can't say that I really recommend this book. Although the subject is thought provoking and painful I found the treatment of it rather empty. By the end of the book I really was ready to finish. Nothing surprised me or was eye opening. The relationship between Peter and Josie was not explored,...”see full review » see other reviews »
“1. This novel is about a small town in New Hampshire that endures the horrific event of a school shooting. The book follows the people of the town from the shooter all the way to the judge trying the case, depicting how each live is affected. The book follows the characters through their typical ordinary day until a car is blown up and gun shots are heard, and the characters lives are changed forever.
2. This book is a compelling story to read. Jodi Picoult captures the struggles of everyday life for all characters and how those struggles shape who the people are and how they behave. Jodi does an extraordinary job on conveying the hardships of high school and motherhood into a thought-provoking tale of life during and after a school shooting for all parties involved.
3. Another create book to pair this with is Hate List by Jennifer Brown. That is another story about a school shooting and how it affects the lives of the whole town.
4. "I use to stand in front of the mirror in the bathroom to see what they were staring at. I wanted to know what made their heads turn, what is was about me that was so incredibly different. At first, I couldn't tell, I mean, I was just me. Then one day, when I looked in the mirror, I understood. I looked into my own eyes and I hated myself, maybe as much as all of them did. That was the day I started to believe they might be right."
--Peter Houghton pg. 161
“High school violence, bullying, learn acceptance ”Emma Humphrey wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about a boy named Peter who was bullied his whole life and goes into his high school one day and starts shooting. His old best friend, who is now cool and popular is a girl named Josie who is the primary witness to the shooting. Josie's mom, Alex, is the judge on the case and she battles with helping her daughter's emotional state and doing her job. Josie says she doesn't recall what happened; however, there is some speculation that she may know exactly what happened. I highly recommend this book because the book addresses a hot topic in school today. I like how the book gives the perspectives of many characters. I also like how the book explained why Peter did what he did and his reasoning behind his actions.
I would use this book to address school shootings. I think it is important to discuss school shootings because it is a fear that students and teachers live with every day. I think that it is a hard topic to bring up and if I read a novel with my students they could express their own fears through the characters.
"Inside was different: a fishbowl where anything you said and did was being watched by everyone else" ”
“Jodi Picoult continues to write novels that deal with societal issues. She has written about bullying and the effects on a whole community, which in this novel, leads to a school shooting. The relationships of the students and community are forever changed. Anxious to learn what topics will be written about in her next novel.”Mary B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In love so far.”Madison Mitchell wrote this review Monday, November 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Summary: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult is about a high school shooting. It is a novel that does not follow sequential order. It follows the trials and tribulations of Peter, a teenage boy who murders many in his school.
Review: This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is my go-to book when I am looking for something to read or to recommend! I love how it does not follow sequential order and that each chapter is in the perspective of the various characters.
Paired Book: The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
Quote or Mentor Text: "You don't need water to feel like you're drowning, do you?" — Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)”
This book is a total tear jerker, but a really beautiful and meaningful story about sisters, illness, and familial love. This is a favorite of mine, as well as my practicum teacher. ”
“The author explores several issues that affect young people, from the first day at school, fitting into the school system, making friends , peer pressure, bullying and its effects on students. This is a story of the adverse effect of bullying in the life of one teenager and how it changed the lives of an entire community”Auvril M wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nineteen minutes is an action filled, horrific story about a boy who was bullied all his life and the decisions he makes because of it. This was my favorite book out of all the books written by Jodi Picoult. The way she wrote this story made it feel like you were a character in her book. Since this book is based on a teenager that grew up being bullied, many people can relate to this book in many different ways because at one point every is a teen and knows how difficult your life can get. Everyone has once been bullied in there life and Jodi Picoults book is basically telling a story of where bullying can lead to. I believe that everyone should read this book because of the lesson given throughout it.”Emily Dewey wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I have to admit, when I read the synopsis, I was wary. I thought, "Oh great, a book that feeds into the stereotype of a misfit who ends up shooting up his school". I'm so glad I read it, though. The book tugged at my heartstrings and made me feel for several characters- Peter, even though he was the killer, you could see how badly he was treated all his life, and indeed, how he could have developed PTSD from the bullying, hence leading him to shoot. Josie, for not feeling like she could be who she was, i.e., a friend of Peter, without sacrificing her new-found popularity, and all the parents of the victims. It made me angry that no one in charge put a stop to the bullying before it escalated to the shooting, and it also made me feel sad for Peter that he was a misfit in his own home, i.e., that his brother Joey was the favored child.
Admittedly, I did have trouble getting through this book sometimes, and I notice Jodi Picoult does have common minor themes in several of her books. She's still a good author, though.”