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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

 

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

 

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.
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Of all Jodi Piccult's books, this was my favorite. Her use of perspective was amazing. I loved reading the story from the point of view of each character. Much better than the movie.more
recommended for: those interested in medical ethics & kids w/cancerI loved this book. I don't think it was a GREAT NOVEL but I really enjoyed reading it. Told chapter by chapter first person from several peoples points of views made it particularly interesting. About 2 sisters, the older with cancer, the younger conceived for her newborn cord blood in the hopes it will cure her sister, and how, after many donations as a child, the younger sister decides she no longer wants to have to help her sister in her battle with cancer. The story talks about the effects this has on all the family members and some of the people who get involved in their lives. I guess the story was kind of manipulative, but I found the book satisfying.more
I gave it an 8 our of 10.more
In My Sister's Keeper, Anna sues her parents for the rights to her own body, because they keep using her as a donor for her older sister, Kate, who has leukemia. There is a lot going on in this book -- Anna and Kate have an older brother named Jess who is the stereotypical "teenage screw-up"; Anna hires a lawyer named Campbell, who shockingly ends up being the ex-boyfriend of the appointed guardian ad litem; Anna's parents are going through marital problems because of all the stress and lack of communication, etc. Really, it's a typical set-up for a book with pretty typical characters.Despite that, I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of the novel. It was fast-paced, entertaining, and the characters were so dysfunctional that they were kind of fun to read about. There were some moments when I was able to connect with them, which allowed me to continue with the story. I like the way the point of view shifts from character to character -- actually, this was my favorite part of the novel. Picoult shows a very well-rounded view of the situation, which helped to understand the characters' reactions and where they were coming from. If it was just from one person's point of view, this story would have seemed incredibly melodramatic and unrealistic. Also, it's obvious that the Picoult put in the time to research leukemia and the hospital setting. All of the medical stuff rang true to me, which I appreciated.But my enjoyment of the book ended when things started to wrap up. A lot of people mention hating the ending, and I didn't at all mind the events that happened, but I did mind the changes that took place in the characters. When everything was nearing a close, all the characters underwent some sort of strange epiphany that gave them perspective and made them better people. All at once, they realized the real root of their problems and just decided to be better people, it seems. I would have liked this to happen more gradually, which would have taken away from some of the drama in the middle, but it would have made the transformations so much more believable. And it happened so quickly that I was just left frustrated and wondering why they all couldn't have realized that two hundred pages ago when their transformations actually could have been helpful.Also, I HATE when the only reason a couple isn't together is because of some stupid misunderstanding or lack of communication. It's annoying enough (though believable) when this is short-term, but Campbell and Julie spend years in that limbo of lack of communication (and of course, after all those years of heartbreak and what-ifs they still "love" each other). It's just not the most interesting choice to make in terms of relationship issues.Anyway, I think some people will be able to forgive the ending and get real enjoyment out of reading this story. It's good, but I think the characters and the ending could have been so much more interesting in this type of situation.more
Undecided what book to choose to read next, and believe me this is a tough choice when you have hundred desired books around you to read, I decide to take a one-chapter test. I select Iris Murdoch's 'The Sea, The Sea', Manto's 'Stars from another sky' and Jodi's 'My sister's keeper'. Somehow, I began with 'My Sister's Keeper' and couldn't keep it down after reading first chapter. I never picked up other books.

That one chapter was well-written teaser and very compelling. As book progressed, it got better. Though I firmly believe it would have been even more effective had it been about 100 pages shorter. Some of the details I am sure could have been taken off and it would have less felt like an over-indulgent TV soap they prey on your emotions.

I keep hearing that book is very sad - perhaps it is but you know what I never shed a tear. To me, here was a difficult ethical dilemma and I wanted to found out about whole circumstances and characters. I want to check each one of them to decide what was best - that alone how resolution arrives kept me going. Characters are well-etched and each seems well-justified and yet a victim. Frankly, I couldn't find a single character who is an exception to this statement. Even the character of ever-ignored elder son Jesse, who is almost a black sheep - seems a Heathcliff made out of circumstances and his behavior seems justified. A budding arsonist, he hurts no one but seeks attention.

yet to keep these characters alive, writer goes over-indulgent with details and back story. Even that I could live with, only the climax is not agreeable to me. It was an easy way out of a difficult situation. The only one that kind of is a fitting end of a commercial movie. It disappoints you since until that point you had thought it was a good, well-made movie even if bit indulgent. Having said that, it is still a well-written that weaves through a difficult situations and makes a compelling argument from all sides. If only it triumphed in the finale as well. :sigh:more
An incompetent review from a reader plagued by so many feels:

OMFG YOU CANNOT WRITE 400 PAGES OF A NOVEL ABOUT ANNA AND HER WANTING TO LIVE AND GROW UP AND THEN KILL HER OFF IN A TWISTED TURN OF EVENT, OKAY? AND IT'S SO NOT OKAY! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, JODI?? YOU KEPT MY HOPES UP, HINTING ANNA WOULD GROW UP TO BE AN AMAZING PERSON, AND THEN KILL HER MINUTES AFTERWARDS. I THREW THAT BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM FIGURATIVELY AND I LITERALLY WRESTLED WITH THE BOOK AFTER READING IT. IT'S JUST SO NOT OKAY. YOU'D THINK IT WOULD BE FAIR TO GIVE THE CHARACTERS THEIR HAPPY ENDING AFTER SUCH STRESS AND CONFLICT, BUT NO. YOU HAD TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US. I WANT MY HAPPY ENDING. I WANT MY HAPPY ENDING!

A review from a reader after finishing a much needed tantrum, no longer clouded by so many feels:

So I guess Kate got her happy ending. Okay. Nobody ever said life was gonna be fair. Okay. It doesn't mean I'm going to like it. You know, I relate a lot with Anna. Anna is such an engaging character, and primarily the reason I got sucked into this story. So, doing that to her. Ugh. Just, no.

So then, on to the much more serious review:

I'm not really into family drama, or courtroom drama. But I am really into brilliant characterization, and remarkable handling of words. And that's how I got sucked into this book I would never have otherwise picked up. I first read Anna's POV and she just drew me in. "In my first memory, I am three years old and I am trying to kill my sister." And then, "When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn't how babies were made, but why." I mean, how can I not continue reading after that? It was just so plain and honest. It was like a breath of fresh air. Also, I think the interchanging POVs were handled very well. But the ending was overkill.

This book was really well-written and I wouldn't mind reading another Jodi Picoult book in the future.


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I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. It was definitely interesting and a bit thought provoking. the end threw me completely though, and as I was listening to this in my car during the last cd of the book, I started, um, "getting upset" and completely missed my exit off the thruway. yes, i did. i guess i cared more about the characters than i wanted to admit. I think I'm starting to see a pattern in Picoult's books. They are depressing. I don't know if I want to start a book that is destined to be depressing. I'm glad I listened to this, but I think it was only okay.more
This isn't as bad as some of her other recent ones, but it still feels too much like a Lifetime movie for my taste. I like her earlier books so much more than the ones she's cranking out now.more
My Sister's Keeper really was only okay. There was nothing amazing about it, and I was annoyed because all I EVER heard was how amazing it was. The book was slow, Picoult rambled endlessly, and I ended up hating all the characters you were *supposed* to love. The ending, well, the ending sucked. I really just wanted to know what the deal with the service dog was...
Not a book I would ever re-read, and not one I'd tell people to read. I will be going to see the movie, though. Perhaps for once the movie will actually be better than the book.more
I was all set to give this three stars until that awful cheat of an ending. Now I feel like I need something to get the taste of cheap emotional manipulation out of my mouth.more
Anna Fitzgerald is the youngest of three children - conceived to be a bone marrow donor for her older sister, Kate - who from the age of two, has battled a rare form of leukemia. All her life, Anna has never questioned her role in the family as Kate's bone marrow match. By the age of thirteen, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that Kate can somehow fight the leukemia and eventually achieve remission. Like most teenagers, Anna has begun to question who she really is - as her own person and as a valued member of her family. So, Anna makes a decision that for most would prove unthinkable, a decision that will surely tear her family apart and could prove to be potentially fatal for the sister she loves so dearly.I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It took me a little while to get in to the plot, but once I did, I found My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult to be incredibly poignant. I think that I may have enjoyed this book just slightly more than Change of Heart, which was also extremely thought-provoking in its own right. I give My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult a definite A+! and am looking forward to reading my next book by this author sometime in the very near future.more
This book was amazing. I really enjoyed it. A lot of people are hating on Sara's character, but I think that she loves all of her children, and that she's just misunderstood. Sara just couldn't let Kate die and I suppose that it would be excruciating to let one of your kids die, especially when you know there's a way to fix it. I also think Anna was right though. Ironically, I think the least developed of all the characters was Kate. She seemed weak and shallow, but it was easy to feel sympathy for her. I feel like I never understood Kate completely during the book. All the rest of the characters were very developed, mostly through flashbacks in Brian's, Sara's, Campbell's, and Julia's cases. This book wasn't very plot heavy or medical term heavy and focused mostly on the relationships between Anna and the other characters. The plot twist was so heartbreaking. I never imagined that it would happen how it did. It was a better ending than I imagined though. The hero saves the victim, but the hero dies. I finally understood Kate during the epilogue. She wasn't fine right after she is saved by Anna, she almost dies and has a lingering feeling of guilt throughout the epilogue. The line that broke my heart was when Kate said that she survived because someone else had to go, and that was Anna, and how Kate says that she should be dead because Anna was so full of life and it wasn't fair for her to die. I wanted Julia to be a bit of a smaller part in the book and Jesse and Brian's characters to be focused on more. Their feelings about Sara's decisions weren't focused on and we never got to see exactly what exactly they were thinking. This book was so conflicting, Kate was sick, but Anna was also a human being. Anna was a very complex character, she wanted to save Kate, but she also wanted to live and give Kate what she really wants. She craved her mother's approval, but went against her to help Kate.more
A mesmerizing read! This is about a young girl whose parents had her initially so they could harvest the stem cells from her umbilical cord to assist her terminally ill older sister. The book has complex deep issues but is also very easy to get into.more
An emotional yet stimulating read. This story shows the struggle that comes with terminal illness and the effects that it has on family, especially sisterhood. The story will teach you to appreciate what you have and those that you love as you read of a family who must make sacrifices in order to protect the ones they love.more
This book made me cry. It was so good and well written, but the subject was heartbreaking. The end I did not see coming at all, but I was content with how it ended. This story highlights family struggles, sisterhood, sickness, and everything else along those lines. Having the story told from multiple points of view really made it more interesting, but made me more understanding of each characters point of view.more
Anna is a designer child. She was conceived as a perfect match to her sister Kate who is suffering from a rare form of leukemia. In this story, Anna is fighting for medical emancipation. As Kate draws near to death from experiencing organ failure, her mom is pressuring Anna to donate a kidney to Kate. Anna no longer wants to have others make decisions about her life and her health as related to Kate. Thirteen-year-old Kate seeks and successfully finds lawyer Campbell Alexander w ho is willing to help Anna in her cause.Albeit a long book, Picoult creates such real feelings among the many characters in the story. The most believable character for me is Sarah, the mom, who negotiates such a fine line as the loving mother of Kate, Anna and Jesse (the trouble-making older brother) and as the adversary of Anna as Sarah tries to coerce Anna into sacrificing a kidney for Kate. The mom’s denial, pain, frustration, anger and helplessness are so vividly drawn that all other characters in this book seem to fade away for me. This is a very clear look into the future by an author who thoroughly thinks through a tough subject.more
My sisters keeper is an emotional book that expores the struggles of a family whose eldest daughter, Kate, is suffering with leukemia. Kate's 13 year old sister Anna, was created to be the perfect genetic match to Kate, so that she could donate her blood and organs in order to save her sister. Anna gets frustrated that she has no say in what she must donate despite the fact that it helps Kate. She decides to file a case against her parents to give her the rights to her own body, knowing the consequences that may occur. There are a lot of twists and turns that will leave you right on the edge of your seat; you never know what will happen next. Throughout the book, Anna's family is split apart; her mother is disgusted by Anna's actions and can't believe that she would do this to her sister while her father is in the middle. This is an extraordinary book that is well written and will surely make you cry. You will defintely not be disappointed.more
Powerful exploration of family dynamics when the second child, Kate, develops leukemia at age 3. A third child, Anna, is conceived to provide transfusions for her cure. Her parents' focus on Kate's problems leaves the other 2 children feeling unloved. When a new crisis requires a kidney transplant for Kate, Anna doesn't take it sitting down. Her reason, as revealed close to the end, is not what we expect. Neither is the ending. Anna, at 13, is one smart, tough cookie who loves her sister.Each daily section of this book has its own epigraph, which tell their own story.more
Typical Piccoult book, taking a controversy and creating characters to explain various sides and points of view. This time a child is suing her parents so that she doesn't have to donate bone marrow to her dying sister. Anna was deliberately conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, is this ethical and/or is this fair to the child who will give parts of her body to keep another alive? Interesting ethical medical dilemma that occurs everyday. Better than most of her stories with a bit of a "twist" at the end.more
The story will make your heartbroken. I know there a movie called the same thing but the ending has changed from the books ending. If you watched the movie before reading this book your are going to get surprise ending either way but especially by the book ending.Anna doe go to court hearing to get a medical emancipation from her parents. You see how each member of the family is suffering from her older sister Kate illness. It is something you should have tissures around for it a bit sad. You also start to understand the movie a bit but I really like the book better then the movie. Though I was shock to see what sister dies in book.more
This was a re-read for me, but I loved it as much as the first time (even staying up until 2am so I could finish it again!)more
Heartbreaking story that makes you think about how precious life is, and the decisions that we make in order to preserve life. Explores family dynamics. more
Tear-jerk-er. This book makes me appreciate my family, especially my sister.more
My Sister’s Keeper is Jodi Picoult’s 11th novel. It centres around Anna Fitzgerald who has retained lawyer Campbell Alexander to sue her parents for the right to her own body. Anna was conceived to provide (initially) cord blood for her older sister Kate who has leukaemia. As she has grown up and as Kate’s disease has progressed, more and more has been demanded of Anna’s body for her sister. The story of what happens is told in several voices: Anna’s, her mother Sara’s, her brother Jesse’s, her father Brian’s, her lawyer Campbell’s, and her guardian ad litem, Julia’s. this is a provocative novel that does not shy away from the issues: conceiving a child to save another; who has rights over a minor’s body; is it possible to love a child too much; is it possible to love all one’s children equally; teenage pyromania. As always, Picoult handles the court scenes with finesse, and the final twist makes for a perfect ending. A great read!more
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Of all Jodi Piccult's books, this was my favorite. Her use of perspective was amazing. I loved reading the story from the point of view of each character. Much better than the movie.more
recommended for: those interested in medical ethics & kids w/cancerI loved this book. I don't think it was a GREAT NOVEL but I really enjoyed reading it. Told chapter by chapter first person from several peoples points of views made it particularly interesting. About 2 sisters, the older with cancer, the younger conceived for her newborn cord blood in the hopes it will cure her sister, and how, after many donations as a child, the younger sister decides she no longer wants to have to help her sister in her battle with cancer. The story talks about the effects this has on all the family members and some of the people who get involved in their lives. I guess the story was kind of manipulative, but I found the book satisfying.more
I gave it an 8 our of 10.more
In My Sister's Keeper, Anna sues her parents for the rights to her own body, because they keep using her as a donor for her older sister, Kate, who has leukemia. There is a lot going on in this book -- Anna and Kate have an older brother named Jess who is the stereotypical "teenage screw-up"; Anna hires a lawyer named Campbell, who shockingly ends up being the ex-boyfriend of the appointed guardian ad litem; Anna's parents are going through marital problems because of all the stress and lack of communication, etc. Really, it's a typical set-up for a book with pretty typical characters.Despite that, I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of the novel. It was fast-paced, entertaining, and the characters were so dysfunctional that they were kind of fun to read about. There were some moments when I was able to connect with them, which allowed me to continue with the story. I like the way the point of view shifts from character to character -- actually, this was my favorite part of the novel. Picoult shows a very well-rounded view of the situation, which helped to understand the characters' reactions and where they were coming from. If it was just from one person's point of view, this story would have seemed incredibly melodramatic and unrealistic. Also, it's obvious that the Picoult put in the time to research leukemia and the hospital setting. All of the medical stuff rang true to me, which I appreciated.But my enjoyment of the book ended when things started to wrap up. A lot of people mention hating the ending, and I didn't at all mind the events that happened, but I did mind the changes that took place in the characters. When everything was nearing a close, all the characters underwent some sort of strange epiphany that gave them perspective and made them better people. All at once, they realized the real root of their problems and just decided to be better people, it seems. I would have liked this to happen more gradually, which would have taken away from some of the drama in the middle, but it would have made the transformations so much more believable. And it happened so quickly that I was just left frustrated and wondering why they all couldn't have realized that two hundred pages ago when their transformations actually could have been helpful.Also, I HATE when the only reason a couple isn't together is because of some stupid misunderstanding or lack of communication. It's annoying enough (though believable) when this is short-term, but Campbell and Julie spend years in that limbo of lack of communication (and of course, after all those years of heartbreak and what-ifs they still "love" each other). It's just not the most interesting choice to make in terms of relationship issues.Anyway, I think some people will be able to forgive the ending and get real enjoyment out of reading this story. It's good, but I think the characters and the ending could have been so much more interesting in this type of situation.more
Undecided what book to choose to read next, and believe me this is a tough choice when you have hundred desired books around you to read, I decide to take a one-chapter test. I select Iris Murdoch's 'The Sea, The Sea', Manto's 'Stars from another sky' and Jodi's 'My sister's keeper'. Somehow, I began with 'My Sister's Keeper' and couldn't keep it down after reading first chapter. I never picked up other books.

That one chapter was well-written teaser and very compelling. As book progressed, it got better. Though I firmly believe it would have been even more effective had it been about 100 pages shorter. Some of the details I am sure could have been taken off and it would have less felt like an over-indulgent TV soap they prey on your emotions.

I keep hearing that book is very sad - perhaps it is but you know what I never shed a tear. To me, here was a difficult ethical dilemma and I wanted to found out about whole circumstances and characters. I want to check each one of them to decide what was best - that alone how resolution arrives kept me going. Characters are well-etched and each seems well-justified and yet a victim. Frankly, I couldn't find a single character who is an exception to this statement. Even the character of ever-ignored elder son Jesse, who is almost a black sheep - seems a Heathcliff made out of circumstances and his behavior seems justified. A budding arsonist, he hurts no one but seeks attention.

yet to keep these characters alive, writer goes over-indulgent with details and back story. Even that I could live with, only the climax is not agreeable to me. It was an easy way out of a difficult situation. The only one that kind of is a fitting end of a commercial movie. It disappoints you since until that point you had thought it was a good, well-made movie even if bit indulgent. Having said that, it is still a well-written that weaves through a difficult situations and makes a compelling argument from all sides. If only it triumphed in the finale as well. :sigh:more
An incompetent review from a reader plagued by so many feels:

OMFG YOU CANNOT WRITE 400 PAGES OF A NOVEL ABOUT ANNA AND HER WANTING TO LIVE AND GROW UP AND THEN KILL HER OFF IN A TWISTED TURN OF EVENT, OKAY? AND IT'S SO NOT OKAY! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, JODI?? YOU KEPT MY HOPES UP, HINTING ANNA WOULD GROW UP TO BE AN AMAZING PERSON, AND THEN KILL HER MINUTES AFTERWARDS. I THREW THAT BOOK ACROSS THE ROOM FIGURATIVELY AND I LITERALLY WRESTLED WITH THE BOOK AFTER READING IT. IT'S JUST SO NOT OKAY. YOU'D THINK IT WOULD BE FAIR TO GIVE THE CHARACTERS THEIR HAPPY ENDING AFTER SUCH STRESS AND CONFLICT, BUT NO. YOU HAD TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US. I WANT MY HAPPY ENDING. I WANT MY HAPPY ENDING!

A review from a reader after finishing a much needed tantrum, no longer clouded by so many feels:

So I guess Kate got her happy ending. Okay. Nobody ever said life was gonna be fair. Okay. It doesn't mean I'm going to like it. You know, I relate a lot with Anna. Anna is such an engaging character, and primarily the reason I got sucked into this story. So, doing that to her. Ugh. Just, no.

So then, on to the much more serious review:

I'm not really into family drama, or courtroom drama. But I am really into brilliant characterization, and remarkable handling of words. And that's how I got sucked into this book I would never have otherwise picked up. I first read Anna's POV and she just drew me in. "In my first memory, I am three years old and I am trying to kill my sister." And then, "When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn't how babies were made, but why." I mean, how can I not continue reading after that? It was just so plain and honest. It was like a breath of fresh air. Also, I think the interchanging POVs were handled very well. But the ending was overkill.

This book was really well-written and I wouldn't mind reading another Jodi Picoult book in the future.


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I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. It was definitely interesting and a bit thought provoking. the end threw me completely though, and as I was listening to this in my car during the last cd of the book, I started, um, "getting upset" and completely missed my exit off the thruway. yes, i did. i guess i cared more about the characters than i wanted to admit. I think I'm starting to see a pattern in Picoult's books. They are depressing. I don't know if I want to start a book that is destined to be depressing. I'm glad I listened to this, but I think it was only okay.more
This isn't as bad as some of her other recent ones, but it still feels too much like a Lifetime movie for my taste. I like her earlier books so much more than the ones she's cranking out now.more
My Sister's Keeper really was only okay. There was nothing amazing about it, and I was annoyed because all I EVER heard was how amazing it was. The book was slow, Picoult rambled endlessly, and I ended up hating all the characters you were *supposed* to love. The ending, well, the ending sucked. I really just wanted to know what the deal with the service dog was...
Not a book I would ever re-read, and not one I'd tell people to read. I will be going to see the movie, though. Perhaps for once the movie will actually be better than the book.more
I was all set to give this three stars until that awful cheat of an ending. Now I feel like I need something to get the taste of cheap emotional manipulation out of my mouth.more
Anna Fitzgerald is the youngest of three children - conceived to be a bone marrow donor for her older sister, Kate - who from the age of two, has battled a rare form of leukemia. All her life, Anna has never questioned her role in the family as Kate's bone marrow match. By the age of thirteen, Anna has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that Kate can somehow fight the leukemia and eventually achieve remission. Like most teenagers, Anna has begun to question who she really is - as her own person and as a valued member of her family. So, Anna makes a decision that for most would prove unthinkable, a decision that will surely tear her family apart and could prove to be potentially fatal for the sister she loves so dearly.I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It took me a little while to get in to the plot, but once I did, I found My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult to be incredibly poignant. I think that I may have enjoyed this book just slightly more than Change of Heart, which was also extremely thought-provoking in its own right. I give My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult a definite A+! and am looking forward to reading my next book by this author sometime in the very near future.more
This book was amazing. I really enjoyed it. A lot of people are hating on Sara's character, but I think that she loves all of her children, and that she's just misunderstood. Sara just couldn't let Kate die and I suppose that it would be excruciating to let one of your kids die, especially when you know there's a way to fix it. I also think Anna was right though. Ironically, I think the least developed of all the characters was Kate. She seemed weak and shallow, but it was easy to feel sympathy for her. I feel like I never understood Kate completely during the book. All the rest of the characters were very developed, mostly through flashbacks in Brian's, Sara's, Campbell's, and Julia's cases. This book wasn't very plot heavy or medical term heavy and focused mostly on the relationships between Anna and the other characters. The plot twist was so heartbreaking. I never imagined that it would happen how it did. It was a better ending than I imagined though. The hero saves the victim, but the hero dies. I finally understood Kate during the epilogue. She wasn't fine right after she is saved by Anna, she almost dies and has a lingering feeling of guilt throughout the epilogue. The line that broke my heart was when Kate said that she survived because someone else had to go, and that was Anna, and how Kate says that she should be dead because Anna was so full of life and it wasn't fair for her to die. I wanted Julia to be a bit of a smaller part in the book and Jesse and Brian's characters to be focused on more. Their feelings about Sara's decisions weren't focused on and we never got to see exactly what exactly they were thinking. This book was so conflicting, Kate was sick, but Anna was also a human being. Anna was a very complex character, she wanted to save Kate, but she also wanted to live and give Kate what she really wants. She craved her mother's approval, but went against her to help Kate.more
A mesmerizing read! This is about a young girl whose parents had her initially so they could harvest the stem cells from her umbilical cord to assist her terminally ill older sister. The book has complex deep issues but is also very easy to get into.more
An emotional yet stimulating read. This story shows the struggle that comes with terminal illness and the effects that it has on family, especially sisterhood. The story will teach you to appreciate what you have and those that you love as you read of a family who must make sacrifices in order to protect the ones they love.more
This book made me cry. It was so good and well written, but the subject was heartbreaking. The end I did not see coming at all, but I was content with how it ended. This story highlights family struggles, sisterhood, sickness, and everything else along those lines. Having the story told from multiple points of view really made it more interesting, but made me more understanding of each characters point of view.more
Anna is a designer child. She was conceived as a perfect match to her sister Kate who is suffering from a rare form of leukemia. In this story, Anna is fighting for medical emancipation. As Kate draws near to death from experiencing organ failure, her mom is pressuring Anna to donate a kidney to Kate. Anna no longer wants to have others make decisions about her life and her health as related to Kate. Thirteen-year-old Kate seeks and successfully finds lawyer Campbell Alexander w ho is willing to help Anna in her cause.Albeit a long book, Picoult creates such real feelings among the many characters in the story. The most believable character for me is Sarah, the mom, who negotiates such a fine line as the loving mother of Kate, Anna and Jesse (the trouble-making older brother) and as the adversary of Anna as Sarah tries to coerce Anna into sacrificing a kidney for Kate. The mom’s denial, pain, frustration, anger and helplessness are so vividly drawn that all other characters in this book seem to fade away for me. This is a very clear look into the future by an author who thoroughly thinks through a tough subject.more
My sisters keeper is an emotional book that expores the struggles of a family whose eldest daughter, Kate, is suffering with leukemia. Kate's 13 year old sister Anna, was created to be the perfect genetic match to Kate, so that she could donate her blood and organs in order to save her sister. Anna gets frustrated that she has no say in what she must donate despite the fact that it helps Kate. She decides to file a case against her parents to give her the rights to her own body, knowing the consequences that may occur. There are a lot of twists and turns that will leave you right on the edge of your seat; you never know what will happen next. Throughout the book, Anna's family is split apart; her mother is disgusted by Anna's actions and can't believe that she would do this to her sister while her father is in the middle. This is an extraordinary book that is well written and will surely make you cry. You will defintely not be disappointed.more
Powerful exploration of family dynamics when the second child, Kate, develops leukemia at age 3. A third child, Anna, is conceived to provide transfusions for her cure. Her parents' focus on Kate's problems leaves the other 2 children feeling unloved. When a new crisis requires a kidney transplant for Kate, Anna doesn't take it sitting down. Her reason, as revealed close to the end, is not what we expect. Neither is the ending. Anna, at 13, is one smart, tough cookie who loves her sister.Each daily section of this book has its own epigraph, which tell their own story.more
Typical Piccoult book, taking a controversy and creating characters to explain various sides and points of view. This time a child is suing her parents so that she doesn't have to donate bone marrow to her dying sister. Anna was deliberately conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, is this ethical and/or is this fair to the child who will give parts of her body to keep another alive? Interesting ethical medical dilemma that occurs everyday. Better than most of her stories with a bit of a "twist" at the end.more
The story will make your heartbroken. I know there a movie called the same thing but the ending has changed from the books ending. If you watched the movie before reading this book your are going to get surprise ending either way but especially by the book ending.Anna doe go to court hearing to get a medical emancipation from her parents. You see how each member of the family is suffering from her older sister Kate illness. It is something you should have tissures around for it a bit sad. You also start to understand the movie a bit but I really like the book better then the movie. Though I was shock to see what sister dies in book.more
This was a re-read for me, but I loved it as much as the first time (even staying up until 2am so I could finish it again!)more
Heartbreaking story that makes you think about how precious life is, and the decisions that we make in order to preserve life. Explores family dynamics. more
Tear-jerk-er. This book makes me appreciate my family, especially my sister.more
My Sister’s Keeper is Jodi Picoult’s 11th novel. It centres around Anna Fitzgerald who has retained lawyer Campbell Alexander to sue her parents for the right to her own body. Anna was conceived to provide (initially) cord blood for her older sister Kate who has leukaemia. As she has grown up and as Kate’s disease has progressed, more and more has been demanded of Anna’s body for her sister. The story of what happens is told in several voices: Anna’s, her mother Sara’s, her brother Jesse’s, her father Brian’s, her lawyer Campbell’s, and her guardian ad litem, Julia’s. this is a provocative novel that does not shy away from the issues: conceiving a child to save another; who has rights over a minor’s body; is it possible to love a child too much; is it possible to love all one’s children equally; teenage pyromania. As always, Picoult handles the court scenes with finesse, and the final twist makes for a perfect ending. A great read!more
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