Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult's books. I've read most of them at this point, with a few exceptions of her older works, and I usually devour them quickly. They all involve surprising plot twists, well developed characters, and interesting story lines. Earlier this year, I read her newest book, Handle with Care, and I've just finished re-reading Nineteen Minutes for my book club.

I first read Nineteen Minutes when it first came out, which was right before the Virginia Tech shooting several years ago. It was heartbreaking and timely, telling the story of a fictional school shooting, and I couldn't put it down. Even in re-reading it, I couldn't put it down, though I recalled the basic storyline, I couldn't remember every detail or every nuance in the story. This was definitely an enjoyable re-read.

The thing that strikes me so much about Nineteen Minutes is how authentic the feelings the teenage characters convey are. I remember my teenage years all too well, and remember many of the feelings of confusion and wanting to belong expressed by the teens in the book. Like many of her other books, Nineteen Minutes feels real. Jodi Picoult creates these stories in which you experience a complete suspension of disbelief, where you find yourself immersed in the world the author has created. To me, that's the mark of a good book.

I won't reveal any of the plot twists, that's half the fun of reading a Jodi Picoult book. I will, however, recommend this book, and have since I read it the first time. Definitely a worthwhile read.

Next, I'm starting The Lovely Bones. I tried to read this once before, and lost my way at one point, I think thanks to a another book that I was just too desperate to read at the time, and I never went back to pick this one up. Stay tuned to hear my two cents on that one!

Are you looking for more worthwhile reads? Check out my A+ Reads collection, full of wonderful books, personally recommended by me!


The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi!

Great review. I'll check it out!

Confessions Of A Working Mom said...

I have read ALL the books you mentioned in this post... they are fabulous! I thought "19 Minutes" was the toughest one to take because it *was* so brutally raw. I'll be interested to read what you have to say about "Lovely Bones".


Colleen said...

Thanks for telling me about a new author! Well, new for me, anyway :)

Janna Bee said...

Jodi Piccoult is hit or miss for me, sometimes her twists frustrate me, but she is a great writer. Thanks for the review, and thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS day!

Young Wife said...

I like Jodi Picoult's work. My favorite is My Sister's Keper.

Coniqua said...

Happy Saturday Sharefest! Oh I love Jodi Picoult!

Coniqua said...

oh I love your blog background by the way.

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