I’m reading “Nineteen Minutes”by Jodi Picoult right now. As I mentioned in a previous post, I really loved her latest novel, “Change Of Heart”, but wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. I had doubts going into this book as well as high hopes. I lived in Denver, CO from August 1998 to July 1999. The morning of April 20th, 1999 I was at work and looking forward to dinner with my boyfriend at the time and his roommate and his girlfriend Kristen, when the news broke that a shooting had occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The whole country stopped in it’s tracks and the Denver area fell to it’s knees in despair. Two teenagers had gone on a shooting spree and then killed themselves in their high school. Kristen and I attended the memorial at the high school a couple of days later. Kristen and I couldn’t tear ourselves away from the news that whole week. I actually kept the Vans sneakers I wore that day that became covered in mud for years an years without washing the mud away.
I understand that Picoult did a massive amount of research for this book including interviews with people affected by the Columbine Massacre. So far I don’t like the flow of “Nineteen Minutes” as well as “Change of Heart” but I am happy that though I am reading the same author’s work I feel like it’s a very different book. I have stopped reading James Petterson for the sole reason that all of his books read the same and just flow together into one long story after awhile. I do feel like I need to be taking notes as I read “Nineteen Minutes” because there are so many characters and with the flashbacks and I find myself having to look back to what I already read for clues. I’m about a quarter of the way done so far so I’ll let you know how it’s going as I continue.
What are you reading right now? Are you happy with it or are you regretting picking it up? Please leave a comment below if you care to.