Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Reviewed by Jessica Stites
"In the opening sequence of Nineteen Minutes, a detective rushes into a high school in the midst of a Columbine-style shooting, directing terrified students toward the exits. The last scared, shaking 17-year-old he rescues turns out to be the killer — a killer indistinguishable from his victims. This is the moment when any chance for a simple good guy/bad guy crime narrative evaporates. Instead, the way opens for Jodi Picoult, a writer of psychological and ethical dramas, to probe how the explosions of violence we call 'asocial' and 'abnormal' can stem from the 'normal' socialization of boys...." Read the entire Ms. Magazine review.