My Take: 5 ♥
Picoult is an engaging story-teller. I don't think that because you've been bullied you should go kill those people who bullied you. There are a lot of people like that in the world. I would like to hold the parents partly responsible though. Why didn't they as if he's being bullied, why didn't they move him to a different school? Home school him? Do something. I am sympathetic with the parents of the shooter, but I find the shooter guilty and he should hanged. Ms. Picoult has a talent with writing about moral dilemma and as a reader, be able to see clearly each side of the story. It's a pleasure to read this book even if it's dealing with an unpleasant topic of school shooting.
Sterling, NH is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens until a student enters the local high school with an arsenal of guns and starts shooting, changing the lives of everyone inside and out. The daughter of the judge sitting on the case is the states best witness but she cant remember what happened in front of her own eyes. Or can she? Featuring the return of some familiar characters (Jordan McAfee from The Pact and Salem Falls; Patrick DuCharme from Perfect Match), Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether a person is ever whom they seem to be.