Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.
My choice for this week is: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Published March 5th 2007 by Atria Books
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens–until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes–or can she? 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 asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.
I know I’ve chosen a few Jodi Picoult reads for Throwback Thursday, but I have really enjoyed many of her books. This one was especially gripping. I believe I read this in just one or two sittings. Her books usually take hold of me and don’t let go until I’ve finished the last page and closed the book….and most of the time long after that. NINETEEN MINUTES was definitely one of those reads.
“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.”
NINETEEN MINUTES is a well written, emotional, and intelligent read that I highly recommend.