Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Available At: Air Academy

Categories: Cursing, Sexual, Violence

Description: A story about a school shooting in Sterling, New Hampshire.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains explicit sexual content and violence.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page: “He worked his way down her body, from mouth to neck, from neck to breasts, and then his fingers would do a search-and-rescue mission below the waistband of her jeans. The whole thing lasted about ten minutes, and then Matt would roll off her and take the condom out of his wallet so they could have sex.”

Page 263: “That my mother was a crack whore, and that’s why my brain was all fucked up.”

Page 313: “”He pinned her hands over her head and ground his hips against hers. She could feel his erection, hot against her stomach. It wasn’t the way it normally was, but Josie had to admit that it was exciting. She couldn’t remember ever feeling so heavy, as if her heart were beating between her legs. She clawed at Matt’s back to bring him closer. “Yeah,” he groaned, and he pushed her thighs apart. And then suddenly Matt was inside her, pumping so hard that she scooted backward on the carpet, burning the backs of her legs. “Wait,” Josie said, trying to roll away beneath him, but he clamped his hand over her mouth and drove harder and harder until Josie felt him come. Semen, stick and hot, pooled on the carpet beneath her.”

Page 468: “He locked his bedroom door, took the gun from his pants, and sat down. It was black and heavy, crafted out of alloyed steel. What was really surprising was how fake the Glock looked – like a kid’s toy gun – although Peter supposed he ought to be marveling instead at how realistic the toy guns actually were. He racked the slide and released it. He ejected the magazine. he closed his eyes and held the gun up to his head. ‘Bang,’ he whispered.”

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