What. A. Book.
My sister warned me the other day that “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult took her days to recover from, and now I know why.
The topic of school shootings is always a hard-hitting one, especially now, after the tragedy in Newton, Conn. Now, to make it ten times more emotional, Picoult focuses on the lives of a victim, the parents of victims and even the shooter himself.
The book makes you think — that maybe, although violence is absolutely the wrong answer, the shooter in situations like these are victims as well. Victims of torment and bullying that eventually just make them crack.
This is definitely one of the most thrilling books I’ve read in a while, and if I had more time on my hands, it would have been a can’t-put-down. Though some parts seem to go slow, everything becomes worth it with an amazing, yet horrifyingly emotional ending.
Unfortunately, I can’t say much more without completely ruining the book for you. But please, please read it. Your life will be changed.