Title: Nineteen Minutes
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publishing: 2013 by Simon & Schuster Inc.
Goodreads Rating: 4.08/5 stars
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I found this book super easy to get into, which is great, there is nothing worse than reading a book and waiting for the good bits to start!
The story follows a number of high school students – mainly Peter Houghton and Josie Cormier who are best friends growing up. Once they get to high school however, this changes. Josie goes from being a friend of Peter’s (who is bullied non-stop) to one of the popular crowd (who does the bullying). She has a boyfriend, Matt, who is pretty much the ring leader of the group. On the morning of March 8, 2007, Peter Houghton goes into the school and begins shooting. He kills ten of his classmates and injures 19 others. One of which, was Josie, and her boyfriend, among those who were killed. Josie doesn’t remember anything (she suffered head trauma), and as the book goes on we learn what really happened on that day, and I can tell you, I did not see it coming!
This book was written brilliantly, as are all of Picoult’s novels. I adore her. It was a super long book (well over 500 pages) but I didn’t mind because I was invested in the story and wanted to know the details. She goes from current day – the day of the shooting and subsequent weeks and months following, and bounces back to months before and we experience the build-up.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a brilliant crime novel but also a story about family and friendship, and what people can do to each other.
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