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.
Topics: Sisters, First Person Narration, Family, Siblings, Realistic, Female Author, Cancer, Ethics, Emotional, Multiple Perspectives, Mothers and Daughters, United States of America, Morality, Death, Coming of Age, Love, Suspenseful, Mothers, Disease, Heartfelt, Grief, Domestic, 20th Century, Parenting, Genetics, Terminal Illness, Female Protagonist, Made into a Movie, Touching, Rhode Island, Tragic, and Genetic Engineering
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Picoult ripped my heart out and stomped it to a pulp...and I loved every minute of it.more
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
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.
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