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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

December 13, 2007

Title: Nineteen Minutes

Author: Jodi Picoult

Number of Pages: 465.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
It took me: 6 days.

It was: awesome!

Nineteen Minutes was one heck of a book.

Josie Cormier is a junior at Sterling High School and is part of the “popular” posse. Her friends are all popular and pretty, and seem to pull it off so well. But Josie hates it. She’s always feeling as if she’s going to fall from the latter one of these days. Meanwhile, we encounter Peter Houghton. He is also a junior, and he used to know Josie pretty well. They used to be best friends from nursery school until 6th grade. That’s when Josie began hanging out with the cool people and stopped talking to Peter. Peter has always been delicate since birth, causing him to be the prime child in his class to get picked on-daily. He shelters out in the world of game-programming, which he is skilled at. Even though outside he feels safer he is not really; inside school he is bullied uncontrollably for years. That is, until he does the unthinkable for the town of Sterling.

Killing 10 students, wounding 19 others; Peter is taken to jail. Why did he do it? That is answered in this court-room drama. His lawyer, Jordan McAfee has one in-the-toilet case, and the prosecution is thriving. But, with a surprise twist in the end that will keep your mouth open it is definitely not what you think. This is told in third-person flashback to the days when Peter was in the sandbox and how it all began all the way to the actual day. All the characters- Josie, Josie’s mom Alex, Detective Ducharme, Peter’s mother and father, all compile to trying to acknowledge what caused this catastrophe. What I mean is that this does not all have to do with Peter… it deals Judge Cormier, Lacy Houghton, Josie and the cool posse, and how their lives correlate to this unbelievable story. In the end, you will cry, not because of the circumstances or the outcome, but because you wish there was more to read; you wish there was more to make it all better. (In my opinion, this story is better than My Sister’s Keeper.) This is a outstanding read, no doubt.

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

December 1, 2007

Title: My Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Number of Pages: 423.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

It was: awesome!

My Sister’s Keeper is a book I probably wouldn’t have surfaced if it wasn’t for a friend. She told me it was a complete tear jerker and that I would love (and hate) every bit of it. So I got down to it. It is about a girl named Anna Fitzgerald who has a sister named Kate that has leukemia. Except that the purpose that Anna was conceived was to help her sister, after everyone else in the family is not capable of being a donor. Anna is a designer baby, made by scientists to be a match for Kate. Since she was very small, she had to be given shots to grow her bone marrow which she gives to Kate, she provides white blood cells when Kate’s go down, and endures other needle-sticking situations. Anna takes this on as a responsibility.

This is, until Anna goes to a lawyer, Campbell, and asks for the right to her body from her parents. Campbell takes on the job free of charge, because he too was invisible to his parents when young. He is still in love with the woman whose heart he broke 15 years ago. Guess what? Judge DeSalvo (the judge appointed to the case) has selected a guardian ad litem to see what’s in Anna’s best interests, Julia, who isthat woman. Jesse, the oldest Fitzgerald, is rapidly becoming a juvenile delinquent. The father, Brian, is out saving lives as a firefighter and trying to have two opinions between what has been proposed by Anna. And the mother, Sara, a lawyer who quit her job for her children, revives the lawyer in her as opposing counsel against Anna, who only has one opinion: saving Kate for her sake of her family.

It’s an amazing story and a definite page-turner . It is one family’s trying to survive when everything is going down. You won’t believe the ending.