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Book Review: Nineteen Minutes

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult


Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by a school shooting. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show - destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five. Nineteen minutes is how long it took the Tennessee Titans to sell out of tickets to the play-offs. It's the length of a sitcom, minus the commercials. It's the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling, New Hampshire. 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.


I first read Nineteen Minutes in high school and I loved it then and I love it now. Yes, the book is about an awful tragedy but the lessons it can teach you if you pay attention are numerous. One of my favorite aspects of Nineteen Minutes is that Jodi Picoult provides numerous points of view of what happened before, during, and after the event that way you get a 360 view of everything. Nineteen Minutes is the story of tragedy, motherhood, the popularity experience in high school, the social misfit experience of high school, and how a small close-knit community can be torn apart in an instant. I highly recommend reading Nineteen Minutes, however, I will warn you there are parts that may trigger you.

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Where to Buy?

Amazon - Kindle & Paperback

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