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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.
Published: Atria Books on Aug 25, 2009
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Wow. Wow. Wow. This is my first brush with Jodi Picoult's work and I can say with utmost confidence it not my last. For someone who has never experienced long term illness in a loved one first hand, I found the subject matter of this book very difficult to wrap my head around. It is a mark of an amazing author when her book throws a reader into a tailspin of thought provocation and manages to entertain the reader at the same time. What a FANTASTIC reading experience.Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.Suggested With: Hot Chocolate and a warm bed on rainy morning.read more
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Touching story, well written, interesting combination of legal and personal perspectives. I liked that the author switched between different characters to tell the entire story.read more
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Loved this book! As a mother of 3 healthy children, I put myself in the shoes of the mother and highly suspect that I'd act the same way as her. Couldn't put this book down!read more
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Very plot driven, as most of Picoult's novels are. Once you pick one up, you have a hard time putting it down. As with some other members here, I find that I feel as if I am watching Lifetime TV. So, I only read one of these if I need something to keep me interested.read more
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This was an amazing book! I'm a new mom myself, so this book had a whole new meaning to me. I'm not usually one to cry at books and movies, but this was definitely a tear jerker. Had me crying more than once! This was a wonderfully written story about an impossible situation. It's told from multiple points of view and each one is entirely believeable. I highly recommend this one.read more
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I could not put this book down!! Of course, the highlight of the book was each chapter was from a different characters point of view. She also had different font for each character. I would have given the book 5 stars but the end threw me for a loop!read more
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As a classics girl, I wasn't expecting to be so riveted by this story. Even though I didn't love the ending, I was still very impressed by her multiple perspectives and plot twistsread more
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Jodie Picoult begins the book with an intriguing premise -- a 13-year-old girl, conceived as a donor for an older sister suffering from leukemia, decides she's had enough and fights for legal emancipation from her parents. It's easy to see how used the book's young protagonist feels and the effect of her decision on the family is well-portrayed. Sadly, Picoult's poor editing skills resulted in numerous diversions from the main plot, like the love affair between a social worker and the narrator's lawyer. The ending itself is random, meaningless and unsupported by anything previously developed in the plot. Hence my 1-star rating.read more
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Great book with surprises and twists I did not expect. I cried multiple time. This may be my favorite Picoult book yet.read more
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This is the first book that made me cry so hard. Maybe it's because I can relate to the story.read more
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This was the first of Jodi Picoult's novels that I read. It was fantastic! The story line was simple, but it held my interest through the entire novel! I am a true Picoult's fan.read more
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This is a book about a girl named Anne being a donor for her sister Kate, who has cancer. Anne though is not ordinary donor, she was especially named out of certain DNA strands. She is the perfect match of Kate. Anne though does not want to be a donor anymore, when she is told that she has to give Kate a kidney. She hires Alexander Campbell. Sara ,the mother, is representing the parents of Anne and Kate, Brain the father and then herself. In the end Anne wins the case. Her and Campbell have to sign some papers then go to the hospital. One the way they get hit by a truck. Anne becomes brain dead but in the last seconds of her life donates some of her organs. The kidney goes to Kate and Kate lived the rest of her life. I really like this book, because of the ending. The ending took me by such surprise. How could the on that was supposed to live die and the one that was going to die live. It was so sad that Anne died. Jesse though the brother was my favorite character. He was always the one left out. I also liked Brain because he loved all of his kids. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Everyone should read this book.read more
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This is one of only two Picoult books I've liked. The story of a girl who is conceived as an donor for her cancer-stricken sister is fairly riveting; the girl's conflicting feelings are explored well. Many found the ending contrived, but I thought it a fitting end to a rather manipulative plot. The mother is a hard woman made so by hard choices and circumstances.read more
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Picoult is a truly talented writer. She has made me laugh, smile, angry and sad in just one book. I have no words for this book, it left me speechless. It was something I was able to relate too, not because Anna and I have the same names but because we're going through the same thing (hope not of the same fate!). I know how it feels to put your life on hold because someone you love is sick. I know how it feels to readily give what you have for your loved one who's sick. I know what it feels like waiting for someone to die. Cancer is not something you wish upon someone. Cancer is not easy. There's a lot of lessons that can be picked up from this book. One is that you can't be happy forever. Second is that some choices are made for you. Third is expect the unexpected. Lastly, things doesn't always go according to plan. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.read more
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I had to read this book for a health care ethics course, but I really enjoyed it. The author uses the viewpoints of every main character throughout the book, which made it very interesting and gave me different perspectives as I read. Definitely a tear-jerker ending, too, but not how I expected!read more
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My Sister’s Keeper written by Jodi Picoult, is the recipient of the Margaret Alexander Edwards Award given by the American Library Association. The story centers around a young girl named Anna who is conceived to provide bone marrow for her older sister Kate, who is dying of leukemia. After countless years of undergoing painful surgeries and transfusions, Anna hires a lawyer to win medical emancipation from her parents. Gaining medical emancipation gives Anna control over what happens to her body and may ultimately lead to the death of her sister. This is a fantastic novel that is full of surprises until the end. Have a box of tissues ready when you read this book because it sad the whole way through. Because the book is written in a way that shows every family members point of view, the reader can empathize with all of the characters. Jodi Picoult did an amazing job building the characters and making them vividly real. The story has a really shocking ending that was totally unexpected. My Sister’s Keeper would be great for a book club because so much conversation can be generated from the story. I would definitely recommend this book for young adult and adult readers.read more
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I loved this book. Picoult skillfully uses different points of view to bring out the thoughts and feelings of each character. The emotion is raw and powerful in this story--I cried more reading this book than I have with any other. While some dislike the ending, I thought it was fitting. For Anna, torn between saving the sister she loves and finally being her own person, it was the only way out. Read this book, and you will find yourself aching for each of the characters in turn, and realizing that there are no easy answers.read more
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The book My Sister's Keeper is a heart breaking emotional story about a family. The main plot is after the first child Kate discovers she has lukemia, her parents have another girl to donate for her life. She is sort of like a genetically engineerd child only born to save her sister's life. She deals with this fact for her entire life until she decides to take a stand and get a lawyer to fight for her body. It is so emotional because the end is very twisted. Readers think throughout the whole book how Kate will die and Anna will feel regret for not helping her live. In the end there is a heartwrenching twist that changes their lives forever. Piccoult expresses a difficult issue that siblings may have to deal with and the conflict does not even have a right answer. Even if Anna loves her sister so fiercely unconditionally she wants right over her body. The issue however is handled with compassion becuase it is such a sensitive issue with so many feelings.read more
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I've always enjoyed Picoult's style of writing and the way she tends to allow the narrative to switch between the main characters to get a better perspective of what's going on. However, I wish we had some scenes that were from Kate before the end of the book (and yes, I do get that it probably would've made the trial scene with Anna on the stand have less impact, but still I felt like there were ways around it).I loved the premise and the questions it arose in not only the book, but in myself. Because what is the right answer to the question being posed here? On the one hand, you have this thirteen year old girl who has always been poked and prodded for her sister's benefit versus doing what you can to save your child. I had a feeling that Kate was involved in Anna's decision because as close as they were and as much as I think Anna really did want to just be asked for once, I also think she would've donated the kidney if Kate hadn't specifically asked her not to.I didn't care so much for the romantic relationship of Campbell and Julia. It didn't add much to the plot and it was time that could've beeread more
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My book club read this book - we thought it was one of the best we've read. So many of us thought the mother was horrible but others understood her dilemma. The ending was a shocker!read more
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Interesting and thought provoking story. I enjoy authors who can philosophize without being preachy.The story was nearly ruined by the last chapter, however. Taking a jump into the perspective of a flat character at the end felt like uncertainty at how to conclude the book. I would have left out the last chapter completely and left the reader to wonder at how things really turn out.read more
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The novel, My Sister's Keeper, encompasses the meaning of true sacrifice between family. In the beginning, Anna Fitzgerald, the protagonist struggles with feeling less loved compared to her sister and being known as the savior of her sister's life. Throughout the middle, she perserveres through suing her parents for health emancipation and having her mother guilt her into cancelling the lawsuit. By the end, she has learned that family means the world to her and her death saved her sister's life. (423/423 pages)read more
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a great theme with a crap dramatic hollywood ending.read more
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Thirteen year-old Anna seeks the help of a lawyer so she can stop being used as a donor for her sick sister to whom she was genetically engineered to be a perfect match. Story twists and Picoult's signature shocker ending keep you reading.read more
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Like Picoult's other books that I have read, this is an amazingly well-crafted novel dealing with a tough moral issue where there is no black and white. Perhaps because of my own health situation, this one was emotionally harder for me to handle. I can closely identify with Kate and her feelings. Kate, the "black hole" of the story, the one who even though she is a peripheral character, in that she never narrates until the very end, everything remains centralized around her, and she has no control over the "power" that she possesses. Picoult does an incredible job at developing each character and their realistic reactions and own internal struggles. She provides a poignant window into the very personal lives of a family struggling with a chronically/terminally ill child.Each character's actions are debatable, but that's because there is no truly right answers. Whether or not the reader agrees with a a character's actions, they can understand each character's motives. This novel is a lesson in sympathy/empathy.In Picoult's follow-up interview, she said that the ending was necessary. This is the one place, however that I feel the story becomes unrealistic.SPOILER: I understand why Picoult decided that Anna must die and Kate survive - to demonstrate that in the family's efforts to preserve Kate and her memory/in preparing for Kate's death, the family failed to do the same for the child who does die. The ending is a final perspective-check. However, I'm not sure just because Anna was dying that Kate would have had the transplant or that it would have been so successful. Sadly, but more realistically, the family probably would have lost both daughters, or continued to live with a very ill Kate. Picoult chooses to create a scenario where it for once isn't about Kate, so that the reader can reflect solely on Anna and her role/experiences. In reality, "life," would continue to be about Kate. For Picoult's purposes, perhaps this unrealistic ending was necessary. However, I think it does feel slightly out of place. The novel is based on the complex inter-woven needs of the characters. This would continue to intensify after Anna's death, whereas Picoult simplifies it after making it abundantly clear that nothing is simple. I believe the novel could have withstood a more complex ending, although it certainly would have changed the final feelings.I am looking forward to seeing how the movie handles the complex topics of this book.read more
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Amazing story of what two sisters mean to each other.read more
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One of Jodi Picoults finest, the book is so much better than the sanitised hollywood version. A young girl is genetically chosen to be born as a marrow donor for her older sister, stricken with leukemia while very young. Younger sister, Anna, gets sick of being an unwilling donor/pincushion, and when is told she must give up a kidney for Kate she decides to get a lawyer and sue her parents for medical emancipation. The book deals wonderfully with the heavy subject matter, the lengths that parents will go to for their children and when is enough, enough. The ending is a shock, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried as I finished this story.read more
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A good and engaging read, but not a masterpiece. To me the characters appeared to have far too much insight into their own thoughts and feelings, especially the teenagers. Jodi did manage to hold back to some extent with Anna, but too often through the story she saw with amazing clarity her own situation and circumstances and those of the other characters.Still, it was a very interesting premise for a novel. Just don't expect anything other than a totally contrived ending.Despite the flaws, the characters really do touch you and the style of writing, with each chapter told by a different character suits the story which explores a difficult moral issue from every different angle.read more
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My Sister's Keeper treats a very difficult, non-mainstream subject: the role of "savior siblings", children conceived to be perfect donors for their ill brothers/sisters. In this case Anna, 13yo, is seeking medical emancipation from her parents who are expecting her to donate a kidney to her dying sister, Kate. After a myriad of previous surgeries, Anna has decided to stand up for herself, to put her health first. Or has she? ((LITTLE SPOILER ALERT))I did enjoy reading this book. However, I felt the ending was rushed and simplistic, turning to "destiny" instead of dealing with much deeper, stronger consequences. This book had the potential to be something more pioneering. By the end of it I felt tricked into a story that had nothing to do with people but all to do with fate, which was not what I had been reading up to the last chapters.read more
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My Sister's Keeper has to be my all time favorite book. Not only is Jodi Picoult a wonderful storyteller but in this she defiantly expanded her creative horizons. My favorite thing about this book is that each chapter is told by a different character, so not only do you connect with the characters on a whole new level and witness character development first hand but also all sides to the story are present so the conflict seems more complex then it would be without the change of narrator. The plot is so interesting to begin with because you already feel intrigued when you hear about the main character who was genetically engineered basically to keep someone else alive. It is extremely controversial but I'm glad the author went there. Within the book it grows so dramatic and ends up with major and multiple plot twists that are so unexpected it has your mind blown. Things I never thought about or made light of in the book happened. It's the kind of book you thing you know what's happening but within the plot so much else is occurring. Even though on a literary level it isn't too complex the heavy plot is enough to handle. The succinct yet inspirational text let's you focus on the outstanding events that lay with in the book. I got a lot from this book and it made me think like a book has never made me think before, I highly recommend it. My only disclaimer would be that i found it utterly disturbing and depressing but those are the only books I'm interested in the first place.read more
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Wow. Wow. Wow. This is my first brush with Jodi Picoult's work and I can say with utmost confidence it not my last. For someone who has never experienced long term illness in a loved one first hand, I found the subject matter of this book very difficult to wrap my head around. It is a mark of an amazing author when her book throws a reader into a tailspin of thought provocation and manages to entertain the reader at the same time. What a FANTASTIC reading experience.Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.Suggested With: Hot Chocolate and a warm bed on rainy morning.
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Touching story, well written, interesting combination of legal and personal perspectives. I liked that the author switched between different characters to tell the entire story.
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Loved this book! As a mother of 3 healthy children, I put myself in the shoes of the mother and highly suspect that I'd act the same way as her. Couldn't put this book down!
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Very plot driven, as most of Picoult's novels are. Once you pick one up, you have a hard time putting it down. As with some other members here, I find that I feel as if I am watching Lifetime TV. So, I only read one of these if I need something to keep me interested.
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This was an amazing book! I'm a new mom myself, so this book had a whole new meaning to me. I'm not usually one to cry at books and movies, but this was definitely a tear jerker. Had me crying more than once! This was a wonderfully written story about an impossible situation. It's told from multiple points of view and each one is entirely believeable. I highly recommend this one.
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I could not put this book down!! Of course, the highlight of the book was each chapter was from a different characters point of view. She also had different font for each character. I would have given the book 5 stars but the end threw me for a loop!
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As a classics girl, I wasn't expecting to be so riveted by this story. Even though I didn't love the ending, I was still very impressed by her multiple perspectives and plot twists
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Jodie Picoult begins the book with an intriguing premise -- a 13-year-old girl, conceived as a donor for an older sister suffering from leukemia, decides she's had enough and fights for legal emancipation from her parents. It's easy to see how used the book's young protagonist feels and the effect of her decision on the family is well-portrayed. Sadly, Picoult's poor editing skills resulted in numerous diversions from the main plot, like the love affair between a social worker and the narrator's lawyer. The ending itself is random, meaningless and unsupported by anything previously developed in the plot. Hence my 1-star rating.
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Great book with surprises and twists I did not expect. I cried multiple time. This may be my favorite Picoult book yet.
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This is the first book that made me cry so hard. Maybe it's because I can relate to the story.
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This was the first of Jodi Picoult's novels that I read. It was fantastic! The story line was simple, but it held my interest through the entire novel! I am a true Picoult's fan.
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This is a book about a girl named Anne being a donor for her sister Kate, who has cancer. Anne though is not ordinary donor, she was especially named out of certain DNA strands. She is the perfect match of Kate. Anne though does not want to be a donor anymore, when she is told that she has to give Kate a kidney. She hires Alexander Campbell. Sara ,the mother, is representing the parents of Anne and Kate, Brain the father and then herself. In the end Anne wins the case. Her and Campbell have to sign some papers then go to the hospital. One the way they get hit by a truck. Anne becomes brain dead but in the last seconds of her life donates some of her organs. The kidney goes to Kate and Kate lived the rest of her life. I really like this book, because of the ending. The ending took me by such surprise. How could the on that was supposed to live die and the one that was going to die live. It was so sad that Anne died. Jesse though the brother was my favorite character. He was always the one left out. I also liked Brain because he loved all of his kids. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Everyone should read this book.
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This is one of only two Picoult books I've liked. The story of a girl who is conceived as an donor for her cancer-stricken sister is fairly riveting; the girl's conflicting feelings are explored well. Many found the ending contrived, but I thought it a fitting end to a rather manipulative plot. The mother is a hard woman made so by hard choices and circumstances.
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Picoult is a truly talented writer. She has made me laugh, smile, angry and sad in just one book. I have no words for this book, it left me speechless. It was something I was able to relate too, not because Anna and I have the same names but because we're going through the same thing (hope not of the same fate!). I know how it feels to put your life on hold because someone you love is sick. I know how it feels to readily give what you have for your loved one who's sick. I know what it feels like waiting for someone to die. Cancer is not something you wish upon someone. Cancer is not easy. There's a lot of lessons that can be picked up from this book. One is that you can't be happy forever. Second is that some choices are made for you. Third is expect the unexpected. Lastly, things doesn't always go according to plan. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
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I had to read this book for a health care ethics course, but I really enjoyed it. The author uses the viewpoints of every main character throughout the book, which made it very interesting and gave me different perspectives as I read. Definitely a tear-jerker ending, too, but not how I expected!
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My Sister’s Keeper written by Jodi Picoult, is the recipient of the Margaret Alexander Edwards Award given by the American Library Association. The story centers around a young girl named Anna who is conceived to provide bone marrow for her older sister Kate, who is dying of leukemia. After countless years of undergoing painful surgeries and transfusions, Anna hires a lawyer to win medical emancipation from her parents. Gaining medical emancipation gives Anna control over what happens to her body and may ultimately lead to the death of her sister. This is a fantastic novel that is full of surprises until the end. Have a box of tissues ready when you read this book because it sad the whole way through. Because the book is written in a way that shows every family members point of view, the reader can empathize with all of the characters. Jodi Picoult did an amazing job building the characters and making them vividly real. The story has a really shocking ending that was totally unexpected. My Sister’s Keeper would be great for a book club because so much conversation can be generated from the story. I would definitely recommend this book for young adult and adult readers.
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I loved this book. Picoult skillfully uses different points of view to bring out the thoughts and feelings of each character. The emotion is raw and powerful in this story--I cried more reading this book than I have with any other. While some dislike the ending, I thought it was fitting. For Anna, torn between saving the sister she loves and finally being her own person, it was the only way out. Read this book, and you will find yourself aching for each of the characters in turn, and realizing that there are no easy answers.
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The book My Sister's Keeper is a heart breaking emotional story about a family. The main plot is after the first child Kate discovers she has lukemia, her parents have another girl to donate for her life. She is sort of like a genetically engineerd child only born to save her sister's life. She deals with this fact for her entire life until she decides to take a stand and get a lawyer to fight for her body. It is so emotional because the end is very twisted. Readers think throughout the whole book how Kate will die and Anna will feel regret for not helping her live. In the end there is a heartwrenching twist that changes their lives forever. Piccoult expresses a difficult issue that siblings may have to deal with and the conflict does not even have a right answer. Even if Anna loves her sister so fiercely unconditionally she wants right over her body. The issue however is handled with compassion becuase it is such a sensitive issue with so many feelings.
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I've always enjoyed Picoult's style of writing and the way she tends to allow the narrative to switch between the main characters to get a better perspective of what's going on. However, I wish we had some scenes that were from Kate before the end of the book (and yes, I do get that it probably would've made the trial scene with Anna on the stand have less impact, but still I felt like there were ways around it).I loved the premise and the questions it arose in not only the book, but in myself. Because what is the right answer to the question being posed here? On the one hand, you have this thirteen year old girl who has always been poked and prodded for her sister's benefit versus doing what you can to save your child. I had a feeling that Kate was involved in Anna's decision because as close as they were and as much as I think Anna really did want to just be asked for once, I also think she would've donated the kidney if Kate hadn't specifically asked her not to.I didn't care so much for the romantic relationship of Campbell and Julia. It didn't add much to the plot and it was time that could've bee
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My book club read this book - we thought it was one of the best we've read. So many of us thought the mother was horrible but others understood her dilemma. The ending was a shocker!
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Interesting and thought provoking story. I enjoy authors who can philosophize without being preachy.The story was nearly ruined by the last chapter, however. Taking a jump into the perspective of a flat character at the end felt like uncertainty at how to conclude the book. I would have left out the last chapter completely and left the reader to wonder at how things really turn out.
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The novel, My Sister's Keeper, encompasses the meaning of true sacrifice between family. In the beginning, Anna Fitzgerald, the protagonist struggles with feeling less loved compared to her sister and being known as the savior of her sister's life. Throughout the middle, she perserveres through suing her parents for health emancipation and having her mother guilt her into cancelling the lawsuit. By the end, she has learned that family means the world to her and her death saved her sister's life. (423/423 pages)
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a great theme with a crap dramatic hollywood ending.
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Thirteen year-old Anna seeks the help of a lawyer so she can stop being used as a donor for her sick sister to whom she was genetically engineered to be a perfect match. Story twists and Picoult's signature shocker ending keep you reading.
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Like Picoult's other books that I have read, this is an amazingly well-crafted novel dealing with a tough moral issue where there is no black and white. Perhaps because of my own health situation, this one was emotionally harder for me to handle. I can closely identify with Kate and her feelings. Kate, the "black hole" of the story, the one who even though she is a peripheral character, in that she never narrates until the very end, everything remains centralized around her, and she has no control over the "power" that she possesses. Picoult does an incredible job at developing each character and their realistic reactions and own internal struggles. She provides a poignant window into the very personal lives of a family struggling with a chronically/terminally ill child.Each character's actions are debatable, but that's because there is no truly right answers. Whether or not the reader agrees with a a character's actions, they can understand each character's motives. This novel is a lesson in sympathy/empathy.In Picoult's follow-up interview, she said that the ending was necessary. This is the one place, however that I feel the story becomes unrealistic.SPOILER: I understand why Picoult decided that Anna must die and Kate survive - to demonstrate that in the family's efforts to preserve Kate and her memory/in preparing for Kate's death, the family failed to do the same for the child who does die. The ending is a final perspective-check. However, I'm not sure just because Anna was dying that Kate would have had the transplant or that it would have been so successful. Sadly, but more realistically, the family probably would have lost both daughters, or continued to live with a very ill Kate. Picoult chooses to create a scenario where it for once isn't about Kate, so that the reader can reflect solely on Anna and her role/experiences. In reality, "life," would continue to be about Kate. For Picoult's purposes, perhaps this unrealistic ending was necessary. However, I think it does feel slightly out of place. The novel is based on the complex inter-woven needs of the characters. This would continue to intensify after Anna's death, whereas Picoult simplifies it after making it abundantly clear that nothing is simple. I believe the novel could have withstood a more complex ending, although it certainly would have changed the final feelings.I am looking forward to seeing how the movie handles the complex topics of this book.
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Amazing story of what two sisters mean to each other.
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One of Jodi Picoults finest, the book is so much better than the sanitised hollywood version. A young girl is genetically chosen to be born as a marrow donor for her older sister, stricken with leukemia while very young. Younger sister, Anna, gets sick of being an unwilling donor/pincushion, and when is told she must give up a kidney for Kate she decides to get a lawyer and sue her parents for medical emancipation. The book deals wonderfully with the heavy subject matter, the lengths that parents will go to for their children and when is enough, enough. The ending is a shock, and I'm not ashamed to say I cried as I finished this story.
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A good and engaging read, but not a masterpiece. To me the characters appeared to have far too much insight into their own thoughts and feelings, especially the teenagers. Jodi did manage to hold back to some extent with Anna, but too often through the story she saw with amazing clarity her own situation and circumstances and those of the other characters.Still, it was a very interesting premise for a novel. Just don't expect anything other than a totally contrived ending.Despite the flaws, the characters really do touch you and the style of writing, with each chapter told by a different character suits the story which explores a difficult moral issue from every different angle.
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My Sister's Keeper treats a very difficult, non-mainstream subject: the role of "savior siblings", children conceived to be perfect donors for their ill brothers/sisters. In this case Anna, 13yo, is seeking medical emancipation from her parents who are expecting her to donate a kidney to her dying sister, Kate. After a myriad of previous surgeries, Anna has decided to stand up for herself, to put her health first. Or has she? ((LITTLE SPOILER ALERT))I did enjoy reading this book. However, I felt the ending was rushed and simplistic, turning to "destiny" instead of dealing with much deeper, stronger consequences. This book had the potential to be something more pioneering. By the end of it I felt tricked into a story that had nothing to do with people but all to do with fate, which was not what I had been reading up to the last chapters.
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My Sister's Keeper has to be my all time favorite book. Not only is Jodi Picoult a wonderful storyteller but in this she defiantly expanded her creative horizons. My favorite thing about this book is that each chapter is told by a different character, so not only do you connect with the characters on a whole new level and witness character development first hand but also all sides to the story are present so the conflict seems more complex then it would be without the change of narrator. The plot is so interesting to begin with because you already feel intrigued when you hear about the main character who was genetically engineered basically to keep someone else alive. It is extremely controversial but I'm glad the author went there. Within the book it grows so dramatic and ends up with major and multiple plot twists that are so unexpected it has your mind blown. Things I never thought about or made light of in the book happened. It's the kind of book you thing you know what's happening but within the plot so much else is occurring. Even though on a literary level it isn't too complex the heavy plot is enough to handle. The succinct yet inspirational text let's you focus on the outstanding events that lay with in the book. I got a lot from this book and it made me think like a book has never made me think before, I highly recommend it. My only disclaimer would be that i found it utterly disturbing and depressing but those are the only books I'm interested in the first place.
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