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Nineteen Minutes Project

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Alex O'Connell

on 19 May 2011

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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult Majestic Cheetah's Taran Adams Alex O'Connell John Falecki Lexile: 890 Genre: Realistic Fiction Exposition The setting in the book mostly occurs in the court house, and Sterling High School in Sterling, New Hampshire. The time frame is very modern. In the exposition we are introduced to the main characters. Right away they talk about the shooting. Throughout the book they refer back to "That Day" to reveal steps missing. Rating **** Rising Action 4 Stars The rising action during this book consists of the shooting at Sterling High. Peter Houghton was the killer. 10 students are dead, 9 wounded. Josie's boyfriend, Matt was shot and killed right in front of her. After the shooting Josie was in so much pain she became suicidal and tried swallowing pills, but she couldn't do that to herself. Then Peter's arrignment came and he pleaded not guilty. Josie couldn't find herself to go to Matt's funeral, it was just too much for her. Josie's mom, Alex, begins to see the detective on the case, Patrick. Climax Recommendation I think anyone that likes mystery novels would love this book. It does get violent and at some points there are romantic parts. There is no specific gender that would take more interest it the book. Pro's Great plot Writen with a lot of descriptive words Has a good pace and doesn't move too fast The climax in Nineteen minutes was Peter's trial. Many people didn't understand why Peter did what he did. Most of the town wanted him in jail. But when Peter and his lawyer, Jordan, talked Peter stated "They started it" (55). Peter was bullied for 11 years and according to him he wasn't trying to kill anyone that day, he was trying to kill himself but they got in the way. Jordan fought for the case by having a physiatrist state that he "was in a different state of mind" he was simply goign through the motions of a game he created. Matt was shot twice, he was the only person shot twice. Most people jut assumed Peter hated him most of all. But during the court case we find that Josie shot Matt and Peter covered for her by actually killing Matt. Falling Action Con's There was alot of jumping around and could be very confusing to the reader Peter doesn't win the trial, he is sentenced to life in prison. Josie admits to what she did, so she is sentenced to 5 years in prison for manslaughter. Alex Cormier (Josie's mom) is expecting a baby with the detective, Patrick. While Peter is in jail he kills himself with a sock. Sterling High School is re-done, it now has a statue in the front that says "A Safe Harbor", inside the school there are 10 chairs representing the 10 kids that died. Resolution "In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or get your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem.

In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.

In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge." - Nineteen Minutes Very thought provoking Why does it matter? The conclusion leaves us with cliffhangers. Alex and Patrick visit the school a year after the shooting, they stay there from 10:00 to 10:19 the minutes the children got killed. I feel as though there may be a sequel to Nineteen Minutes. John- I can kind of relate to peter in this book because I was bullied as a little kid. But I can’t relate to his feelings about being bullied and I was troubled by what he did in the book. John-This reminds me of the real word when peter is explaining why he shot up the school because there are a lot of kids in school that are harassed and bullied everyday and it can affect the person at a very emotional level. World/Society How Does the Text Say It? John- This text is similar to some books that I have read because it jumps between past and present a lot and I have read a lot of books that are written that way. Text-Text The genre of this novel is realistic fiction. This realates to many real life events such as the shooting at Columbine high school. All the characters live normal lives and are placed in what could be a real life situation. Genre Point of View The point of view changes frequently amongst characters, one minuet one it's one characters point of view and then you flip the page and it's on to the next one. It's for the most part based between Alex and Josie but can change. Format/organizational features One of the main techniques Jodi Picoult uses in her book is she doesn't have the book made into chapters, its divided amongst parts, in which theres only two. She also changes from past to present which at times can be confusing but comes together to make sense towards the end. Alex- This book relates to so many issues out in the world in todays society. Kids all over the world are bullied everyday. Columbine High School also had a real-life experience with a school shooting. Those kids may have been doing the same thing Peter was, trying to stop the bullying. But no one will ever know because the 2 killers are now dead. Alex- I have read many Jodi Picoult books. Everytime i read one of her books, I can't seem to put the novel down. She pulls the reader in so well, also she has such good plot line ideas. One of the books I read, was House Rules. About a child who was treated differently because of his autism. This book also led to a court case. Self-Text Alex- I can relate this novel to some terrible situations that have happened at St Clair High. Our community has lost too many young children to unfortunate situations. From this experience I know that everyone in the community is affected, weather it's direct or indirect. Theme The main theme in Nineteen Minutes is bullying, and how it effects everyone. Another side theme would be trying to be someone your not. The reason the theme is bullying is because Peter is majorly effected by bullying, also his friend, Derek, is effected by the bullying. They say the "popular" kids are the worst when it comes to bullying. But really, everyone does it in some way or another. Some kids are very direct and crual about it, others are just joking around. Someone may be joking around but the person being picked on doesn't see it that way and gets down on themselves. In a result, like Peter, they begin to think suicidally. "They're the ones who did to me, and now I'm the one being punished" (Peter 133) "But then again, maybe bad things happen because it's the only way we can keep remembering what good is supposed to look like" (Narrator 43) "When you don't fit in, you become superhuman. You can feel everyone else's eyes on you, stuck like velcro. You can hear a whisper about you from a mile away. (Narrator 137) "Sometimes he stood back in distance and watched her the way you'd stare at a butterfly that you'd known as a caterpiller, wondering how the hell change could be that dramatic" (Peter 160) Descriptive Passages/imagery Jodi Picoult can be said to be a very descriptive writer. In the first scenes of her book at the shooting in Sterling high, she gives you an amazing outlook of the situation to where you can put yourself in the book. It really allows you to make better connections with the characters and feel some of the emotions they are. Style of Writing Alot of Jodi Picoult's books are realistic fiction. She uses outstanding transitions to really relate to your book and shows a fair amount of emotion amongst her characters. She also uses a lot of narrorating when the scene changes to describe the new setting. "Peter guessed change could be that dramatic: in an instant, you could go from wanting to kill someone to wanting to kill yourself" (Narrator 160) Taran- This book is easy to relate to because many of the events such as bullying, peer groups, and society in the book is a lot like what it is here. The violence has also been seen around the world at events like the Columbine shooting in Colorado not even that long ago. The students guilty of the Columbin incident were also triggered by the same reasons. "Then one day, when I looked in the mirror, I understood. I looked into my own eyes and I hated myself, maybe as much as all of them did" (Peter 161) Taran-I can relate to this novel in many ways such as the bullying and school society but it's also hard to really relate to a school shooting or a larger event such as that. Some of the bullying and student actions were in a way exaggerated at times but for the most part were realistic. "When I'm with them people like me" (Josie 160) "I've always sort of wondered, though: if everyone else's opinion is what matters, then do you ever really one of your own?" (Peter 241) "It would be one thing to be a loser if it mean't no one paid attention to you, but in school, it means you're actively sought out" (Peter 391) "I think a person's life is supposed to be like a DVD. You can see the version everyone else sees, or you can choose the director's cut- the wayhe wanted you to see it, before everything else got in the way" (Peter 443) ("How to Rip Protected DVD and Make DVD Copy | Best Audio Converters") ("Man in the Mirror (Part 1) « Conquering Personal Finance") ("Kids Shoots His Own Family") ("Student-led Conference Introduces Local High-school Students to Public Policy | Gerald R. 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