Nineteen Minutes is by Jodi Picoult. A school shooting in a small New Hampshire town shatters the lives of everyone involved. The book examines the lives of the shooter and his family, the Superior Court Judge who will be sitting on the case, her daughter who was injured in the shooting, the detective who was one of the first on the scene, and the defense attorney who must defend the teenage shooter. As the trial progresses and more information comes out you find yourself wondering about the guilt or innocence of everyone involved. No one is who they seem to be. Picoult accurately portrays life in high school from the point of view of the popular, as well as children who experience bullying in all its forms. As teachers, we found this book extremely moving and thought provoking. A definite must read!
Ratings: Adult - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).