has anyone read 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult.
If so, what did you think of it? i read it and loved it
Jodi Picoult is generally a good storyteller. She does not let us down in her latest novel, Nineteen Minutes. This is solid writing and gives the reader one glimpse into the minds and lives of some young folks who wind up on the cutting room floor. Jodi deftly shows how its not always the ones you think will wind up in trouble that often get overlooked and in the process run adrift of the world, winding up in terrible circumstances that even the most vigilant parent may not see coming.I felt Josie’s mother’s character seemed a bit shallow for a judge and didn’t symbolize the career woman that she was representing–changing her clothes three times before her first day on the bench and then throwing up twice before going to the courthouse. No one knows what she’s wearing under her robes! She’s supposed to be an accomplished attorney who has tried hundreds of cases! Also, not immediately recusing herself from this case was another stretch too far. And, what about Peter’s brother? This was an area that could have been delved into deeper and may have helped with the overall understanding of Peter’s actions. Since it was not developed, it may have been better let out??The stereotypes of the various cliques were probably a bit pedantic but characteristic of what goes on in schools. I can still remember the ones who were picked on and made fun of when I went to school. But I actually believe, with all the litigation and the restraints on teachers, children today could actually be crueler than in years gone by. And, with all the blended families and dysfunction in general, it’s fortunate that children are more resilient than we truly know or this could be an even greater problem than it already is.I almost felt that the added twist near the ending was a plot device constructed to provide a “shocking” turn of events. It seemed a bit forced. While it may have been alluded to, it was not developed enough to be believable and therefore probably could have been eliminated for the sake of flow and consistency. Also, it was incongruent with Josie’s actions before and after the shooting, as well as her character generally. While she was always Peter’s protector, this act was way out of character for her and just didn’t fit.I haven’t decided if I really liked all the bouncing around the book did. While this often works for plots that cover long periods or different timeframes, it was almost distracting in this storyline. However, I believe Jodi did her research and I imagine that a story of this kind would be hard to tell. Unfortunately, we’ll never know in many cases what actually leads up to final shoot outs because the shooters generally do not live to stand trial. But human nature wants to know why and we’d also like it to be a BIG why, (physical abuse, sexual abuse, deranged parents, religious zealots with misguided beliefs, etc.) not the seemingly “usual” harassing climate that permeated Nineteen Minutes.Overall, this was a tragic story and worth the read, especially for high school and junior high students who might not recognize the long term effects of their everyday actions. I can’t quite express what it is about this book that made it less than the sum of its parts, but I wasn’t as impressed with the writing as I would have expected considering the topic. However, while this is not my favorite Picoult book, I admire Jodi’s willingness to tackle contemporary, relevant, and highly charged themes with compassion.
Novels by Jodi Picoult..
I have read most of her books and I was wondering how many of them have reached number one on New York Times Bestseller list? I know Nineteen Minutes did, what other ones? Thanks!
My Sister’s Keeper was the only other one to top the bestseller list. And to correct another answerer, Change of Heart most decidedly did not get a rave review from the NYT unless you think comments like “she seems to have written her latest tear-jerker on authorial autopilot” are compliments.Cheers.
asking again…..Thoughts on Jodi Picoult + have you read Vanished By Karen Robards. What did you think of it.
I have read many Jodi Picoult books [Nineteen Minutes The tenth circle vanishing acts, my sister’s keeper salem falls plain truth the pact and harvesting the heart] They are really good but if you read a lot of them in a row, you realize her structure and it gets kinda boring. I love the stories, but I feel she…
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean! Like how in the end of every single book there’s this huge twist that makes you gasp, but after awhile you’re expecting it and aren’t shocked anymore. I’ve read four of her books (My Sister’s Keeper, Vanishing Acts, Nineteen Minutes, Salem Falls) and I’ve realized that the plot and twists are kind of similar to one another. I mean, the books are all great and really compelling, but she should expand and try to make things different. I read a whole lot, and there have always been several books that have made me cry, or that affected me so much that I had trouble sleeping at night, but that has never happened to me with one of her books. I mean, as a writer one should always try to expand and become more deep; every writer should go through changes in their writing style. Even so, that doesn’t seem to be happening in her books. I hope that I’m not too harsh or anything, I love Jodi Picoult, but at the same time I can’t help but question her passion for writing and her ableness to change. I apologize if I have offended any Jodi Picoult fans (I myself am one), but I really do wish for something completely different and unique to come from her. I hope I answered your question right. By the way, you made me want to read that other book you were talking about, Vanished by Karen Robards. Hopefully my library has it.
What are some good books for fans of Jodi Picoult.
I am a big fan of the author Jodi Picoult but I’ve already read most of her books, what are some other books I might like?
Yes, I’m also a fan of Jodi Picoult’s. I haven’t read her books in the order she wrote but have read a number of them. Presently, I’m reading “Keeping Faith” which is really keeping my interest. She was here in Salt Lake City this past summer on a book tour of her latest book “Handle With Care.” They had books for sale but I didn’t buy this hard back book (though since have read it from the library), but I got an autographed copy of her “Plain Truth” book which is about the Amish. I’d imagine you’ve read all these? Someone asked her how many researchers she has and was surprised that she is one-woman-operation. She does it all herself…she goes on site like she did for Plain Truth to live with the Amish. I had to ask her when she slept because it sounded exhausting…having family obligations, research time and writing time. She said she is very organized and structures her time to make time for everything. Some people are amazing!Not sure if any of these authors are similar to Jodi’s but here are some books I’ve recently read that I would recommend…usually someone recommended a book to me or it’s popular and I’m curious to read it. These I just finished reading:Shanghai Girls by Lisa SeeThe Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Steig LarssonAnd books that I have at home (to read next) or are on hold at the library are:The Family Man by Elinor LipmanThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Pell Pie Society/M. Shaffer & A. BarroJulie & Julia by Julie PowellThe Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe Girl who Played with Fire by Steig LarssonHappy Reading!
For Jodi Picoult fans..
I have just finished reading ‘The Pact’ it was amazing! Best book i have eer read!!!I also have Nineteen Minutes sitting on my bookshelf which i have yet to read.Is it okay to reas Nineteen minutes straight after the pact?Because many people say they are similar..Or should i read a book…
Well it’s not that The Pact, and Nineteen Minutes are similar…its kind of more or less that all of Jodi Picoult books are similar.A “edgey” topic is brought up but written how it would be portrayed in a hollywood movie.Ton’s of court room and lawyer drama ensueand everything is wrapped up with a Predictable twist no one saw coming except for the reader.All her books follow this formula, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Many people feel you should only read one Jodi Book though because if you read multiples you’ll feel your emotions have been taken advantage of because all her books are so similar.
Reading people through art (Jodi Picoult book).
I just read the book The Pact by Jodi Picoult and in the book it talks about how you can tell if someone has been sexually abused or if they’re depressed by looking at their art. Like, for example, the book said that people who have been sexually abused tend to emphasize on tongues and eyelashes in their art. I…
you must remember that Jodi Picoult writes fiction and that anything that helps make her story more colourful goes – if there was really any truth in what she wrote there would be many more cases of abuse identified at a much earlier stageif you have seen any documentaries about police interviewing abuse victims you will have seen that the most telling thing they see in victims art is exaggerated genitalia nothing as “subtle” as tongues and eyelashes!
Which one of Jodi Picoults’ book has a twist.
I heard that she has written many good book mostly containing crazy shockers and twists..i have only read my sister’s keeper and the ending was pretty awesome. Anyone know which of her other books have twists? ( please do not tell me the twist) Or does anyoen know which one of her books are worth reading next?
Pretty much pick a random one out of her pile of books and BAM! twist. plain truth has an AMAZING twist that left me frozen on my seat for a good ten minutes after finishing. I would recommend that first, then nineteen minutes. A change of heart is also very good with a suprise ending. BEWARE: as you know from reading my sisters keeper, some of her books are weepy. Change of heart made my cry more than my sisters keeper. Any book you pick out of hers and you wont be sorry. I dont think she knows how to write a bad book personally
How many books does Jodi Picoult write.
I want to read them all.
i have read:My Sisters Keeper,The Pact,Salem Falls,im reading 19 minutes just nowThe Tenth CircleKeeping FaithPlain TruthVanishing Actsthese are all the ones she has writtenSongs of the Humpback Whale (1992)Harvesting the Heart (1994)Picture Perfect (1995)Mercy (1995)The Pact (1998)Keeping Faith (1999)Plain Truth (2000)Salem Falls (2001)Perfect Match (2002)Second Glance (2003)My Sister’s Keeper (2004)Vanishing Acts (2005)The Tenth Circle (2006)Nineteen Minutes (2007)Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #6-10 (cover date: late May 2007 – August 2007)Wonder Woman: Love and Murder (2007) (hardcover volume collecting Wonder Woman #6-10)Change of Heart (2008)Handle With Care (2009)
How many books has Jodi Picoult written.
I just kind of want to know and if you know please tell me! Thanks. 😀
19 books:Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992)Harvesting the Heart (1993)Picture Perfect (1995)Mercy (1996)The Pact (1998)Keeping Faith (1999)Plain Truth (2000)Salem Falls (2001)Perfect Match (2002)Second Glance (2003)My Sister’s Keeper (2004)Vanishing Acts (2005)The Tenth Circle (2006)Nineteen Minutes (2007)Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #6-10 (cover date: late May 2007 – August 2007)Wonder Woman: Love and Murder (2007) (hardcover volume collecting Wonder Woman #6-10)Change of Heart (2008)Handle With Care (2009)House Rules (2010)
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