Book Report: Nineteen Minutes

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Nineteen Minutes

I read the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. The story begins in a small town in Sterling, New Hampshire. At the high school, you read about a routine day of students in classes. As a student runs out of class to leave for an orthodontist appointment a loud bang goes off in the parking lot, which turns out to be a bomb set off in Matt's car. The students are confused by the noise and gun shots are fired. Patrick, the only detective on the Sterling police force (which is just stupid to have only one), hears on his radio about the shooting at Sterling High School. Patrick sees several students on the floor, surrounded in blood. The boy is dead and has a gunshot in his head while his girlfriend, Josie wakes up and cant remember what happened. Throughout the book, the time goes back and forth between events before and after the shooting. In the past, we learn that Peter (the shooter) and Josie were once the best of friends, but Peter was often the target of severe bullying. The bullying continues all throughout his childhood with often Josie sticking up for him. As they got older, they drifted apart and Josie became part of the popular crowd. Peter was even an outcast at home; he had an older brother named Joey and Peter often thought his parents favored Joey over him. When Joey was killed his senior year in a car accident, this created a bigger rift between Peter and his parents. Josie began dating a guy named Matt her sophomore year, which caused her to end her friendship with Peter entirely. Matt and his other jock friends bullied Peter and they often called him "homo", leading Peter to question his sexual orientation. Matt was a possessive and jealous boyfriend who admitted he did not like "sharing Josie" with others. One time Peter had approached Josie after school to ask her something, which led to Matt beating him. The Judge is torn between preceding over one of the town's biggest cases and being a mother to her grieving daughter...
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