Thursday, August 01, 2013

SRL: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens—until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage 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.

This book got added to my Summer Reading List because of a recommendation from the librarian at the High School where I work. She told me it was powerful.

And I was powerful. But I had a hard time reading this book.  The jumping back and forth between the timelines were confusing and I didn't really "like" any of the characters in this book. Did it give me something to think about?  Yes.  Should teenagers read it to better understand each other? Probably.

In this book a student shoots fellow students and a teacher at his school. He is an outcast, but instead of embracing that (like Stargirl) he becomes withdrawn and plans revenge.

I really didn't enjoy this book but I had a hard time putting my finger on why I didn't like it.

Jodi Picoult is a famous writer who happens to live in my state (neat!) and the next book I will be writing about also took place in New England (cool!).  You can visit her website to learn more about her, you may already be familiar with her, because of books like "My Sister's Keeper"which was made into a movie.  Check out her website!  And tune in tomorrow for my review of the second book of hers that I read this summer.


Tara said...

I hated most of the characters, I hated how she seemed to intentionally try to manipulate the reader into certain opinions about characters, I really hated the Jodi Picoult Twist at the end. She always twists it right at the end- and the one for My Sister's Keeper was especially brutal. Frankly, I only read this book for you, because I really don't like this author, despite her mainstream popularity.

Dani Vello said...

I haven't read my Sister's Keeper, and I only vaguely know what it's about...what was that twist? (and how's baby #2? Feel free to reply to my privately. :))

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