nineteen minutes is about the devastating effects of bullying. I think anyone who has been bullied can easily relate to the main character, Peter. Revolving around the theme of “what can you do in nineteen minutes?” We learn step by step how Peter is brought up to the breaking point, broken, and how he’s fixed as best as possible. Tragically, the breaking point is him going on a shooting rampage in his high school one morning to take down everyone who made his life miserable. With such a unique veiwpoint, you can feel sympathy, even empathy, for the shooter, the bullies, and the average joes and plain janes who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I highly recommend this book since anyone who may feel like Peter might take a step back and rethink hurting themselves or others, anyone who may be a bully themself may rethink how their actions damage other people, not just physcially but mentally and emotionally too, and finally, anyone who is an average joe or plain jane, like me, may feel inspired to step up next time they witness someone being bullied, I know I did.
Posted January 18th, 2011 by sandia