I honestly don't know how that happened. Ms. Picoult's books are usually in my hands shortly after they are released.
But this book fairly jumped off the shelf into my hands at the Point Richmond Public Library a few rainy days ago.
Yes, it's been raining here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Really!
In Nineteen Minutes, there's not much weather to speak of. But there is a hail of bullets at a high school (nearly 200 rounds), dead and injured students, enough bullying to give almost anyone nightmares, and a thriller/mystery plot told in flashbacks and flash forwards.
When you read Nineteen Minutes, "flashbacks and flash forwards" will make a lot more sense.
If you were seriously bullied as a child, this book may be disturbing. On the other hand, it will also be compelling.
Nineteen Minutes is absolutely recommended reading. And if your library doesn't have it, you can get it through Amazon quite quickly.