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After years of cruel bullying from his classmates, Peter Houghton snaps one morning, and in nineteen minutes, ten residents of the town of Sterling are dead. When the case goes to trial, the reeling town is determined to seek justice for the innocents Peter killed.
But as the trial unfolds, Peter's testimony casts light on the terrible role the residents of Sterling have played in turning a sweet, loving boy into a killer, and it isn't long before Sterling's illusions of innocence find themselves shattered forever. . .
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A horrifying, close to real-life read, this novel is incredibly thought-provoking (Sun)
A gripping and chilling read, NINETEEN MINUTESis reminiscent of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible in the way it captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of small town America, where members of a community struggle to cope with their grief and shortcoming in a world they hardly recognize anymore (Daily Express)
Slick, emotive and as readable as ever (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B002V091K2
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (20 Mar. 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 3742 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 468 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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High school shootings continue and probably - sadly - will continue to be at the forefront of public consciousness, and as the media frenzy that accompanies them portrays the shooters as evil psychopaths and not as victims too, the story is often one-sided. And why should it not be when innocent children lose their lives or sustain horrific physical and mental injuries in a place that should be a sanctuary? However Nineteen Minutes forces the reader to consider these incidents from different perspectives. The shooting itself is horrific, and the aftermath devastating, but Picoult doesn't just show us the effect it has on those who died, those they left behind, and the survivors. She also explores how it is for the family of the perpetrator, and the perpetrator himself - a boy who in so many ways is a victim himself. I found it emotionally confusing to feel sorry for the gunman while also feeling guilty for feeling sorry!
I wouldn't say this is a perfect novel - not only is it full of glaring errors, sometimes it got a bit confusing keeping up with what timeframe I was in. That said, I have still given it five stars, because it did make me think, I couldn't put it down, and while the final twist was perhaps a little obvious (and some may say contrived) it still packed a punch in the final pages.