Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes

Author: Jodi Picoult

  • Publication Date: 2007-03-05
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 1,104 Ratings)


In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five....In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens -- until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult's most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who -- if anyone -- has the right to judge someone else?


  • Surprising!

    By EmmaB1227
    Loved it. I totally thought I knew what was going on. The ending caught me off guard! Loved it.
  • 5 Stars

    By entalik
    This is the first Jodi Picoult I’ve read. I really enjoyed it. Very well written and kept me guessing on what was going to happen until the end.
  • Nineteen Minutes

    By jillpaq
    This book was excellent, though it’s a tough topic it was amazing. The author writes from each character’s perspective. It was definitely hard to put down, I read it in a day and a half. I highly, highly recommend it!
  • ❤️😊🍃💜 🌝🌀🏳️‍🌈🇻🇳

    By hansonnguyen
  • Amazing!

    By Jossyass
    I absolutely loved this book! I have read 19 minutes and My sisters keeper. I highly recommend this one :)
  • Nineteen Minutes

    By Nuutmegh
    Absolute page turner and I enjoyed every character throughout, which is rare! One of my favorites by Jodi.
  • Thoughtful and emotional

    By 122221112221
    This book is one of my favorites. By far her best book.
  • Love this book

    By Boiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    As a person whom hates to read, this book made me want to read. Awesome book, easy read, definitely recommend it.
  • Amazing Book!!

    By beaniebaby03
    Extremely well written and amazing story line. The intensity and depth of the characters kept me from putting it down, it was really a great book filled with emotion and heartbreak that can bring anyone to tears. Great job Jodi Picoult! I would recommend it to anyone.
  • Disappointing

    By tlc55
    I was disappointed with the way this book was written. Yes, there was a surprise ending. My husband figured it out immediately. But that doesn't redeem this book. It felt more Iike a screen play of a typical Hollywood movie where you fill in the blanks, than a book. Although it would never be made into a movie because it's all been covered before in the media. It was contrived and predictable (boring). I felt if I really wanted to understand the effects of bullying & peer pressure leading to school shootings, I would research it and not read a poorly written novel such as this one. I felt it was written on a 5th grade reading level with the occasional "big" word thrown in with the help of a Thesaurus. Oh, except I wouldn't want my 5th grader reading it and thinking that this is what real life in high school is like. For some, but not all kids. Does everyone have sex without a promise (marriage) just because they fell in love? I find it hard to believe everyone in the world uses the F bomb multiple times when they get stressed. I know plenty of people who don't. I'm not naive, but I found it annoying. This was my first and last Jodi Picoult novel.