Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I got off to a rough start with this book. It took me 2 months to get to page 50. Then I put it down. It actually took the desire to read another book to get me to pick it up again and get through it so I could move on.
I guess it was me, not the book, because once I picked it up again, I laid in bed all day reading it till I was finished.
This is one of those books that you have to experience along with the characters. It left me wanting to shelter my children from the world, from bullies, from the popular crowds, my girls from abusive, controlling boyfriends. And it made me want to teach them they everyone has value, even if they're different from you.
My only dissappointments? I could've done without all of the F bombs and gratuitous sex scenes. And I was disappointed that we only heard recounts of the shooting from witness, that we didn't actually get to experience it for ourselves. I wanted action. I wanted blood and carnage and fear and suspence. I was disappointed that we only got to read about the aftermath, as heartwrenching as it was.
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