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Nineteen Minutes

Summary: Josie Cormier lives a double life. At school, she's the most popular, well liked girl around, but at home she's just an average teenager who hates what she's become. All she really wants is to be herself, but being yourself doesn't always mean fitting in. But for Josie, things just got a little more complicated. The tragic school shooting leads the small town of Sterling to gun for justice. This book tests the barriers between insider and outsider, right and wrong, and ultimatley who you truly are. Josie is the daughter of the judge sitting in front of her and they need her desperatley for information. She is the only witness they have, but she is unable to remember the details. As the trial evolves, friendships are crushed and the town will be changed forever.

  Nineteen Minutes deals with the desire to fit in and the hardships of being on the outside of the circle. It teaches teenagers all around the world the consequences of bullying could be fatal to you and the victim. Jodi Picoult does an outstanding job of showing how society can affect you and how you view yourself. The lesson taught here is quite clear that being true to yourself is more important than being someone you are not and bullying could be terminal. This brilliant novel demonstrates a typical life of a high school teenager and the way they actually feel inside as apposed to the way they look on the outside. It goes deep inside the characters to show their true feelings and not just what is on the outside.

    Nineteen Minutes is third person-omniscient allowing you to dig further inside each character's head, making it easier to understand what is really going on in their mind. From the moment you open the book you are drawn in to the reality of high school. The characters come to life as they are so realistic to real life teenagers. The controversies that take place throughout the book make it easy for many teenagers to relate to. Jodi Picoult creates the characters to stay true to what a good amount of teenagers feel like inside. Although the book is lengthy, it is a very quick and easy read because the events that take place keep you wanting more. The age group suggested for this novel would be anywhere from 13 years old and up because by that age they will easily understand the dilemma's taking place throughout Nineteen Minutes while teaching them a life lesson. The language is accessible and descriptive, allowing you to see what's going on as you read the book. The conflict is engaging because of its realistic and exciting storyline. The act of bullying and retaliation demonstrate that people do have feelings and being picked on and bullied can lead them to doing something life threatening. The way Josie desires to fit in and stay popular shows how society can make one feel pressure to be who they want you to be and not what you want to be.

    I recommend Nineteen Minutes to any reader who likes to be able to relate to the book they are reading. Also, I recommend this novel to anyone who loves reading about the reality of high school and the consequences that tag along with bullying. Often, the bullier can become the victim of bullying and ultimately lead to a life threatening situation paralleling the conflict in Nineteen Minutes. I highly recommend Nineteen Minutes to all high school teenagers and above. You will automatically fall in love with the drama and the aftermath of bullying. Any teenager can relate to this brilliant novel that exhibits the reality of fitting in, bullying, and coming clean. Stay true to yourself and never let popularity get inside your head. If you see someone being bullied, don't sit back and watch, do something about it. Remember, popularity isn't everything...