This is the first Jodi Picoult book I have ever read and I am extremely impressed. 'Nineteen Minutes' is about a shooting at a High-School, the effects of bullying and how things aren't always as black and white as they seem. Picoult does a marvelous job of telling the story from various perspectives from victims to parents to lawyers and police, as well as the shooter, himself. She makes one think about who has the right to judge a person and how victims of abuse, whether it be verbal, physical or psychological can snap when pushed too far. Who is right and who is wrong? There is a fine line. Every student, teacher and parent should read this book in my opinion. I give 'Nineteen Minutes' 5 stars purely for its thought-provoking and heart-wrenching subject matter and Picoult's ability to make the reader sympathize with ALL victims.