As I told you in my last review, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult was next on my list. I really like Picoult books (author of Sisters Keeper and many other great ones); she has a way of writing about tough issues in a way that leads one to discuss it with anyone and everyone. Plus, I am always a bit surprised at some point in the story. I LOVE an unpredictable story. Nineteen Minutes was no different from Picoult's other great books; tough issues were presented in a fabulously fictional story and I was taken by surprise near the end. I really enjoyed this story.
I think I would give Picoult a 5 out of 5 stars for Nineteen Minutes. This novel is well written, well paced, and causes you to become invested and truly care for the characters. The only negative thing some people would claim about this books is that it is about a tough and depressing topic. This book is not an uplifting book, but it has caused me to think about this book and my life at a deeper level.
The St. Louis Post had this to say about Picoult's books, "Jodi Picoult's books explore all the shades of gray in a world too often judged in black and white." I think this this statement perfectly describes Picoult books to a T. If you have never read one of her books, go pick one up today. Picoult truly does have an amazing way of writing fabulous stories dealing with complex issues that you once thought were simply black or white. However, you quickly find yourself thinking about all of the gray in the middle of that issue. Picoult has a way with writing stories and characters with such depth and emotion that you feel their pain, excitement, and every other emotion in between. Picoult has a way with writing a story where you see both points of view and you aren't sure how you feel about the issue anymore. Picoult just has a way with writing these kinds of stories. I'm not sure of another author that writes about such complex issues so well and yet so entertaining at the same time.
Picoult's website has the following synopsis of Nineteen Minutes:
"In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling’s residents.