Picoult has a knack for writing stories about events and then adding a twist. Nineteen Minutes delivers again. Sterling, New Hampshire is everytown, United States. In nineteen minutes everyone's lives changes. All it takes is nineteen minutes to kill 10 people and injury a lot of others. Peter is the teenager who has been bullied all of his life and finally 'cracks'.
This is a story where everyone is a victim, everyone a hero and everyone a protanganist. Picoult blurs the lines between good and evil. It makes whoever is a parent question their own parenting skills and wonder whether anyone 'knows' their own offspring.
What really is the problem in school shootings? Is it bullying? Is it too much access to violence? Is it ready access to guns? Is it inadequate parenting? Has society done enough to stop the continuing tragedy? When will it ever be okay to be different?