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Nineteen Minutes (2007)

by Jodi Picoult

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"New superior court judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter--the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all--the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter."--Container.… (more)
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Dies ist mein erstes Buch von Jodi Picoult, und es ist gleich ein absoluter Knaller (soll keine Anspielung sein!)

In "19 Minuten" geht es um einen Amoklauf an einer Schule. Aber es geht eigentlich um sehr viel mehr. Vor allem geht es um Mobbing. Es geht um Gruppendynamik. Machtausübung unter Kindern und Jugendlichen. Um Schadenfreude. Und es geht um Inkompetenz von Schulleitungen. Das Versagen von Eltern. Ums Wegsehen. Um Gleichgültigkeit.

Das Buch erklärt m.E. sehr gut, wie ein Mensch systematisch so fertig gemacht wird, dass er irgendwann völlig ausrastet. Es geht auch um Eltern, die so beschäftigt sind mit sich selbst, dass sie nicht mehr mitbekommen, was in ihren Kindern vor sich geht. Was das Buch nicht macht: Entschuldigungen suchen. Es erklärt. Es beleuchtet von allen Seiten. Es gibt hier nicht nur eine schwarz/weiß Einteilung in schuldig und nicht schuldig.

Ich fand die Geschichte teils beklemmend. Schwer zu ertragen. Sie hat mich wütend gemacht. Und traurig. Vor allem: sie ist keine Fiktion dahingehend, dass das, was hier passiert, schon vielfach, schon VIEL zu oft, so oder so ähnlich passiert ist. Vor allem in den USA, aber auch bei uns.

Wenn ein Kind, ein Schüler, zum Amokläufer wird, ist er oftmals nicht nur ein Täter sondern auch selbst Opfer. Gibt es immer auch Menschen in seinem Umfeld, die entweder dazu beigetragen haben, oder weggesehen haben, oder sich nicht interessiert haben. Es ist niemals eine Entschuldigung dafür, andere Menschen umzubringen. Aber es ist eine Erklärung.

Ich mochte, dass die Autorin keine Partei ergreift in ihrem Buch, dass sie niemanden verurteilt. Niemand ist nur schlecht, niemand nur gut. Ich mochte, dass sie das, was passiert, aus allen Sichtweisen beleuchtet. Die der Opfer und ihrer Angehörigen. Die des Täters und seiner Angehörigen. Von Lehrern, Mitschülern, Schuloffiziellen, Polizisten, Rettungskräften.

Eigentlich sollte dieser Roman Pflichtlektüre an Schulen sein. Pflichtlektüre für Eltern.

Ein sehr intensives, eindringliches, wichtiges, aufwühlendes, berührendes Buch. Und eins der wenigen, welches in diesem Lesejahr von mir 5 Sterne erhält.

Gelesen wurde es von Gergana Muskalla, die jederzeit den perfekten Ton getroffen hat. Ebenfalls 5 Sterne für ihre Lesung. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
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  TashaMorwell | Feb 24, 2021 |
I picked up this book not knowing anything about it but the author. I had no idea about the plot or the significance of 19 minutes. I was pleased to find myself immersed in a controversial subject ripped from the headlines - something that Picoult does well.

Jodi Picoult is a storyteller. I love the way she writes, the way she puts herself (and the reader) in the shoes of such a wide array of characters. I especially love it when she pushes you into the uncomfortable position of considering circumstances from a point of view you'd rather not experience.

The good news, besides really enjoying this book, is that I finally made it through a Jodi Picoult book without crying! The bad news is that once I finish one of her books and pick up something written by another author, it tends to pale in comparison because Picoult has mastered the trifecta of fiction writing - the plot, pacing, and emotion always work together to create a dynamic vehicle that drives the reader to race through the book, unable to put it down. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
This was a really tough read because it was really well written and about a very difficult subject to face. My own children are approaching the ages of the children in the story and what they go through, was really quite hard to contemplate as a parent. I had often wondered about people in the position of the character Lacey. It would be a very difficult position to be in. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
This story kept me engaged. Really brought out truths about how cruel kids are to others by bullying yet school does nothing. Peter's family: father suppose to be expert on humor yet never added anything, comparisons to other son who died yr before and was actually a bully to Peter, no one in family knew about Peter being a game inventor. Both mother's have no clue about their kids friends. Alex the judge does not date until her daughter has trouble. Lost respect for Josie as supposedly so smart but can not get away from cruel popularity kids, can not be at a job with Peter even though it made her happy, gets herself pregnant. Lawyers seemed like real people. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
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PART ONE: "If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going".
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For Emily Bestler, the finest editor and fiercest champion a girl could ask for, who makes sure I put my best foot forward, every time. Thanks for your keen eye, your cheerleading, and most of all, your friendship.
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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 play-offs. It's the length of a sitcom, minus the commercials. It's the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling New Hampshire. 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 a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world or just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
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"New superior court judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter--the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all--the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter."--Container.

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