Friday, June 8, 2007

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I literally could not put this book down I was so intrigued by it. Jodi Picoult delivers another timely novely that deals with issues of today. This novel is set in a small New Hampshire town that is shattered during "nineteen minutes" when a young man named Peter Houghton comes to school one day with a bag full of guns and vengence on his mind. The novel is primarily the story of Peter and also of Alex Cormier, a judge, and her daughter, Josie. Josie was a friend of Peter's when they were younger and witnessed the shootings, although she can not remember them.

Picoult is excellent at writing at the shades of grey in her novels. In this situation, you want to hate Peter for what he has done, but he actually comes across as a rather likeable young man who was bullied to the breaking point. The only point I did not like is that it seemed unrealistic that Alex would have been able to be the judge at all over this case with her MAJOR conflict of interest. Overall thought, it was an excellent novel.

If you are looking for a page-turning novel - I highly recommend this book!

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