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“In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist: you can fold laundry for a family of five.
Nineteen minutes is how long it took the Tennessee Titans to sell out of tickets to the play-offs. It’s the length of a sitcom, minus the comercials. It’s the driving distance from the Vermont border to the town of Sterling, New Hampshire.
In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have you 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.” (5, Nineteen Minutes)

Alex Cormier, a judge at the Grafton County courthouse in New Hampshire, has lived a pretty good life but she’s had her fair share of problems. Her daughter, Josie, is now a junior at Sterling High School and has been facing more obstacles then most kids her age. She is considered one of the “popular” kids even though it hasn’t always been that way.

When Alex found out she was pregnant she took abortion into consideration. She felt that she wasn’t cut out to be a parent. Before making a final decision she started taking parenting classes where she met Lacy Houghton. Alex began talking to Lacy about her thoughts on whether or not to keep the baby and eventually they became best friends. Since Alex found a person to confide in hse made the decision to keep they baby.

Alex and Lacy both raised their children together. Alex had Josie and Lacy had Peter. As they were growing up Peter and Josie did everything together until the one time their parent were talking and Peter took Josie to the basement to look at his dads guns. When Alex and Lacy found them they started to fight. Alex felt that Lacy wasn’t careful enough because Peter knew where the key to the gun safe was.
After the gun incident, Peter and Josie were no longer allowed to go to each others houses. They were still able to see each other at school though so they made the best of it. School was hard for Peter because the other boys picked on him. Lacy and Peter’s teachers just told him that he had to stick up for himself. When he did this the other kids just teased him even more so Josie stuck up for him.

Josie and Peter’s friendship eventually faded and they stopped talking. Peter became an outcast and Josie became popular. Josie started dating Matt who bullied Peter the most. Josie always felt like there was something wrong with her but she never said anything to her friends about it because they might think she was weird and then she’d be like Peter.

One day Peter and Josie ended up in an elevator together. Instead of ignoring each other they started talking and that’s where Josie told Peter the truth about why she had crutches. It was because Matt pushed her while they were having an argument. She also told him that it wasn’t the first time Matt did something like this to her. When Josie told him Peter was angry with Matt.


The last person he killed was Matt, Josie’s boyfriend. It was Peter, Josie and Matt in the boy’s locker room. Matt tried tackling Peter and caused him to drop one of the guns which Josie picked up and shot Matt in the stomach with. Then Peter walked over and shot Matt in the head. After shooting Matt, Peter hit Josie in the head with the gun so she’d forget what happened and wouldn’t be able to tell anyone she killed Matt.

The boy’s locker room is where Patrick, a cop, found Peter and arrested him. Peter ended up receiving eight consecutive murder sentences after spending many days in jail and court. Throughout the court sentencing Josie started to remember what she did during the shooting. After being able to remember the whole thing she told everyone the truth. After coming clean Josie received two years for attempted murder.
Picoult, Jodi. Nineteen Minutes. New York, Londin, Toronto, Sydney: Washington Square Press, 2007. 455. Print.