Posted by: chiakin4 | December 1, 2011

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…?

What would you do if you are getting bullied and the bullying comes to a point which gets unbearable? There still are options you could take under that situation; bear it, run away, tell somebody, stay at home, suicide, or even something like revenge. In the book Nineteen Minutes written by Jodi Picoult, revenge was the option Peter Houghton took when the bullying went over the edge. For all of the bullying he received for more than ten years, his revenge was simple but brutal; murder.

One March morning, Peter Houghton went to his high school with guns and killed ten people, injuring many others. Shock and grief went through the town for the tragic incident to happen at their high school and also that most of the people killed were the ‘popular’ kids. Many people do not understand why a young boy would just go to school and start killing people targeting on the likable outstanding kids, but that does not seem to be the case for some of the students at his school. They knew that Peter was under extreme bullying by them every day and apparently it became unbearable to him that he took the act murder. But does that murder save Peter from the unbearable bullying? Does it even solve the problem bullying itself?

This book mentions about many moral issues including bullying, popularity, friendship, family conversation, video game violence and more. It is rather a long novel but once you have finished reading it, it is hard to put down without thinking about these issues. It took me time reading the novel but it is worth it for its values within the book. This book is a New York Times Best Seller and I thought it was a fantastic novel. I recommend this book for people who have interest in these social problems and also to people who have a lot of free time; this book will take away your time.


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