Time for a book update.? I recently updated the book list on this blog.? After reading Solomon’s Puzzle by Loris Nebbia,?? I next read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccolt.? Interesting transition from one book to the other.? Both main characters had lots of issues to deal with in life but one handled his problems in a positive manner and the other chose the path of destruction.? It really made me think a? lot about how both teenage protagonists had so much to deal with in their young lives.? One came from a “good family” and chose to be a victim in life.? The other came from a totally dysfunctional family and through circumstances, ended up with strong community support and good friends to help him get through the ordeal of life. ? Neither one felt safe confiding in people, even those closest to them.? Both boys felt so different, that no one would believe them or understand.? In our quest to “fit in” we humans forget to reach out for help.? So afraid of rejection, we choose to alienate ourselves, thereby creating the very thing we hope to avoid.? For some there is a happy ending.? Thanks to both authors for giving my brain food to digest.