Monday, 11 June 2012

[REVIEW] Nineteen Minutes

Title : Nineteen Minutes
Author : Jodi Picoult
Publish : 5th of March 2007
Publisher : Atria
Page : 464 for Hardcover/404 for e-books I read
ISBN : 978-0743496728
Link :

p.s.: since this was the first time I read book in English (I'm surprised), and review it in English too (full of sweat), sorry for ridiculous review. Hah.

Nineteen Minutes is one of awesome novel I've ever read. Honestly I have problems in allien words I found here and couldn't find the meaning in dictionary. But, seriously I enjoy reading this. I understand the story for a little and still couldn't remove pieces of tragedy here which makes this novel awesome. I can't imagine if I was a foreigner. I believe I would give better appreciation then (cause I understand the allien words). :p

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.

Nineteen minutes is how long it took the Tennessee Titans to sell out of tickets to the playoffs. It’s the amount of time it takes to listen to the Yes song Close to the Edge. It’s the length of a sitcom, minus the commercials. It’s the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling, NH.

In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk two miles. You can sew a hem.

In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world; or you can just jump off it.

In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

Or, as Peter Houghton knows... in nineteen minutes, you can bring the world to screeching halt.

Peter Houghton is Lacy and Lewis's son. He's actually not the only one son in this family. He's the second. And his brother, Joey, is more in everything than Peter. Anyway, Peter is the main character here. He's sensitive, aloof, interested in programming games (whenever he grows to teenager), and used to be Josie Cormier's best friend.

Josie Cormier. A daughter from a single parent named Alex Cormier, a judge who puts work on her first appropriate. Since kindergarten, Josie made friend with Peter. Not only that, she protected Peter from boys who always bullied him. But then, when they're growing to be teenager and Josie making friend with some populars, this popularity created gap between her relationship with Peter.

The real problem is getting bigger since Peter is friendless. And people who always bully him since he was child keep bullying him like Peter is nothing! They tease him, slam him into the locker, make him feel like a looser all the time, and call him homo.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -6th of March, 2007- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

They're in Sterling High right now. Peter is seventeen. So does Josie. Her relationship with Peter has no changes. Even, she is Matt's girlfriend. Which makes her more popular.

Today is a happy day.. before the EXPLOSION in Sterling High's parking lot. Everybody's screaming. Sounds of gun shoot makes everything worse. Blood is everywhere,  like a flowing river. This nineteen minutes' tragedy is a misery.

Patrick Ducharme, a detective. Going to Sterling High as soon as he can. Seing what happened in Sterling High. As he drop his feet in Sterling High, he knows this is just unusual. This perspection is getting real wheneve he saw who's the monster behind these scene..

Peter Houghton.

Nobody wants to admit this, but bad things will keep on happening. Maybe that's because it's all chain, and long time ago someone did the first bad thing, and that led someone else to do another bad thing, and so on.

When you don't fit in, you become superhuman. You can feel everyone else's eyes on you, stuck like Velcro. You can hear a whisper about you from a mile away. You can disappear, even when it looks like you're still standing right there. You can scream, and nobody hears a sound. You become the mutant who fell into the vat of acid, the Joker who can't remove his mask, the bionic man who's missing all his limbs and none of his heart. You are the thing that used to be normal, but that was so long ago, you can't even remember what it was like.

I know how difficult it can be when the image you've had of something doesn't match its reality; when the friend beside you turns into a monster.

How could a seventeen years old boy killed ten people, wounded nineteen people, and gave traumatics for the rest of Sterling? Was he responsible for Matt's death? Matt was Josie's life, and Peter just made everything's suck for Josie. Josie said she don't remember anything in Peter's rampage in That Day, and it made everything's worse for Peter since Josie will be one of the witness. Or, did she remember but tent to pretend it?

If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn't be filled?

Could Peter go out from jail after the trial? Did the effort of a full-optimistic attorney who responsible for Peter's case, Jordan McAfee, paid off? You'll travel the world of family life, friendship, faithfulness, prosecution, bullying, and popularity in negative side. Reading this novel like diving right from the beach to the deapest sea..

(tough in first half side of story)
For God's sake, I pity Peter. He's just a boy, and I believe he didn't know what he has done. And.. Josie? Do you think best friend could be change with popularity? You live in the wrong world, Josie. Ah ya, I hate Matt, Drew, and the rest of you. How could you all be so mean to Peter? :(

(the rest half of the story)
I still pity him. If only we could travel into the day before 6th of March, this terrible nineteen minutes' tragedy in Sterling would not have to be exist. Oh, Josie.. how could you forget your memory of the minutes when you're in that tragedy? It could make everything's clear, right?

Really, it's a worth reading. Touching. Full of emotion. And breath-taking. It's unquestionable if I gave 5 shining stars! You rock, Picoult! :)

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