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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....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens -- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And 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 is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who -- if anyone -- has the right to judge someone else?

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Nineteen Minutes
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4.6 / 5
Good read
March 26th, 2015
I thought it was very sad but probably fairly true to life. What a struggle for everyone invloved. I can't imagine the loss felt by all but Jodi does an excellent job of presenting a horrendous situation. The hardest part was knowing that this has really happened in many places in recent years. So very sad!
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Nineteen Minutes- A novel
February 16th, 2015
This book hits home to anyone who watched the horror that unfolded at Columbine or who has a child who been the victim of bullying. Jodi Picoult has a knack for storytelling and keeping the reader engaged.
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Very Intense!
May 17th, 2014
Just what I've come to expect from Ms. Picoult. I've read at least 8 of her novels; most likely more. She is a brilliant story teller and a first class writer!
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Nineteen minutes
March 12th, 2014
Good book, brings bullying into perspective. We should all do our part to stop it.
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January 25th, 2014
I loved this book! Jodi has done a wonderful job writing about a tragedy but telling it in many different perspectives. She makes readers reflect on their lives and have them attempt to questions that are most often hard to answer. She makes us question what is true and what is reality. Overall, 19 minutes is a book that should be read by many others.
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January 25th, 2014
Always a fan of Jodi Picoult. Find myself totally immersed when reading her books!
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A difficult task
October 7th, 2013
This book should be a must read for parents and teachers. :(
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October 5th, 2013
Jodi Picoult has an amazing way of taking controversial issues and making you see them from a different perspective, this book is no exception. The serious content in this book is to be advised; however, it is an amazing read that will make you question how you feel on very serious subject matters. I appreciated where she was writing from, and this book is one of my favorites, not for happy endings or warm fuzzy content but for the slap of harsh reality and honesty that she put in to it. She truly is a gift to words.
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Amazing
September 10th, 2013
This book is amazin the end was unbelievable it's a must read
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19 minutes
July 3rd, 2013
Well written and compelling. Sad when you realise this continues to happen and parents are still not able to protect their children. How important it is to teach them compassion and to not be afraid to be different and to stand up for those who are.
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Hard to put down
June 9th, 2013
It was hard to put down. As a parent, it makes you want to protect your children from hurt & teach them how important it is not to hurt others.
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Really good
February 21st, 2013
I liked this one a lot. Been a while but I remember enjoying it!
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