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"19 Minutes" - Would you let your kids read it?

Posted by on May. 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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The book that's causing outrage. And arrests. Lol

I have personally read the book several times. My 11 year old has also read it.

Parents and the media are calling the book "sexually explicit", and using small excerpts to inaccurately portray the whole book.

My personal opinion of the book is that it's gives powerful insight to many common issues our teens face in school and is a great tool for opening up discussions on those topics.
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IAMmomtotrips
by Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM
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I love it, and I have taught My Sister's Keeper for years, so yes, I would teach it and let my kids read it.
crazymommy30
by Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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It does have some tough subject matter, but i think teens can handle it.

autodidact
by Platinum Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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oh, you'll have to ask one of the assholes here who loves to speak for me. 

according to her, I LOVE giving my kids porn. 

Steph84FL
by New Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM
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Aww man...don't make me google it. What's it about? Kinda like seven minutes in heaven...and the door got stuck?
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM
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Out of the loop. I have never heard of this book.

Should I look it up?

slashteddy
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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After the outrage, I bought a copy to read to see for myself what the fuss is all about.

So far, I'm surprised the "sexually explicit" lines (of which there are very few) are causing more outrage than the rest of the content - it deals with bullying, abuse, abortion, all sorts of things.

From what I've read so far, I absolutely would allow my teen to read it. It is by no means comparable to "Fifty Shades" and is less sexually graphic than a basic romance novella.

Required reading in high school is often much more worrisome than what I've read in "Nineteen Minutes".
Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM
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There's no subject matter in it that teens aren't exposed to, regularly, in school and among their peers.

Quoting crazymommy30:

It does have some tough subject matter, but i think teens can handle it.

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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I highly recommend it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Out of the loop. I have never heard of this book.

Should I look it up?

jcrew6
by Gold Member on May. 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM
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I wouldn't want my elementary or middle schooler to read it.  Because I know what they can handle, what keeps them up at night worrying (books, movies, news).  There is so much going on in the book. A high schooler can process it all with some perspective.  Middle school, elementary level?  Not all. 

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on May. 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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Never heard of it.

It's a fiction novel about a school shooting. It dives into tough subjects like bullying, school violence, peer pressure, unhealthy dating relationships, and popularity. It explores cause and effects of those topics, and really drives home how the way we treat people can end in tragedies like school shootings.

I highly recommend the book.

Quoting Steph84FL: Aww man...don't make me google it. What's it about? Kinda like seven minutes in heaven...and the door got stuck?
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