Hello everyone! Time for another book review and this one is another hard one to write. I have a “thing” for these kind of books. As sad as this book is and as difficult of a topic it is, I actually really enjoyed the read. It provided all sorts of different insights to different points of view. I like when a story allows the reader to see every side and every characters story. Some books it doesn’t work, but in this particular book, it allowed the story to become even more powerful. Today I am going to review Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
***As in the previous review about a book involving a school shooting, I am NOT going to touch on gun control or anything regarding that aspect of the story. This is not a political post.
As always you can get a complete summary of the book HERE.
This story is very powerful.I have read several books that deal with school shooting and this has to be the most impactful and best one that I have read to this day and probably ever. The story follows 4 main characters with 2 side characters having a couple moments along the storyline and I loved it for the simple reason of the difference in character view. It followed not only the shooter and a victim(s), but also the parents of both on of the victims and the shooter. I feel that very rarely do we even remember that a shooter also has a family and that that family is also dealing with the fallout of what happened. I loved having that view and sometimes I wish that we got more of that. Another part of this story that allowed it to be powerful was the twist that came at the very end (very very end). This is a twist that you feel in your gut is coming, but you really hope it doesn’t happen. I feel like it added a lot of depth to both the story and the characters. It opens the readers eyes to so much and makes the reader reevaluate a lot of the original thoughts they had within the story and in real life.
Another factor of this story that I really enjoyed was that the story was not linear. It constantly jumped between present day and years prior. I think that it helps set the story and allows further insight into every character. I think that it adds the depth of the story because the reader doesn’t see “Character A thought back”, the reader just appears in that new time. There is not any introduction to the new time period from the characters, simply the chapter title lists where you are in the timeline. To help myself as a reader keep track, I actually tabbed the book in the different sections and I found that this helped, but it wasn’t completely necessary.
Overall, I honestly loved this book. It is a very powerful story that is insightful and beautifully written. After reading I felt like I had to let out a breath I didn’t realize I had been holding. I love when that happens as it is a big sign to me that I was really immersed in the book. I do highly recommend this book to anyone!