Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book 17 (2011): Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes is my favorite Jodi Picoult book. Lots of my students have been reading it lately so I decided to re-read it myself.

The story is about a boy, Peter, who goes into his high school, armed with 4 guns, and kills students and injures others. The story is what led to this tragic, yet fictional, event. The story is told from the voice of Peter, one of the living victims Josie, Josie's mom, Peter's mom, and the police detective in charge of the case.

The characters are strong and their voices powerful. I've worked in education for a long time now and I can see how something like this could happen in real life. Yes, we've seen this story in the headlines, the most memorable being Columbine.

I admire Picoult and she's long been a favorite author who's graced my shelves. (455 pages)