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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.

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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Amazing book, one of my all time favourites! I loved the different point of views! It allowed you to see how different people can be impacted by a central issue. The writing allowed you to have empathy for each character and feel their pain. The movie adaptation of this was horrible, don't let that stop you from reading this fantastic book!more
A great read! The format takes some getting used to, but it is definitely worth it to see everyone's perspective.

Picoult ripped my heart out and stomped it to a pulp...and I loved every minute of it.more
he artbreakingly beautiful. more
Wonderful, don't let the movie fool youmore
amazing book. so much emotion and such a touching storylinemore
This book is missing page 152-162!more
Exceptionalmore
why?! why?! the ending is horribly perfect. I loved this book. every minuet. it details so clearly the love and bond that can develop between siblings. beautiful. more
This books ending killed me inside. I read this book in a matter of a few days because I loved it so much. I realized if it would have had the "happy ending" I wanted it wouldn't have been real. It would have been like any other book. Amazing book. Realistic author.more
engrossing and explosive.more
excelente lectura, buena literaturamore
I was asked by my English teacher to read this book. At first, I thought it would be like the other cancer books i've read; you know how it goes. The author makes you easily fall in love with the main character and then kills them brutally, and crushes your own soul until you drown your sorrows in oreos and chocolate milk. This book, however the same results happened, was much different. I can't quite explain why, but it just was. Maybe it was the fact that you see the story from all possible angles except the one of the patient. I don't know, but i definitely like it. more
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
Loved this book and was extremely disappointed in the movie.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
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Amazing book, one of my all time favourites! I loved the different point of views! It allowed you to see how different people can be impacted by a central issue. The writing allowed you to have empathy for each character and feel their pain. The movie adaptation of this was horrible, don't let that stop you from reading this fantastic book!more
A great read! The format takes some getting used to, but it is definitely worth it to see everyone's perspective.

Picoult ripped my heart out and stomped it to a pulp...and I loved every minute of it.more
he artbreakingly beautiful. more
Wonderful, don't let the movie fool youmore
amazing book. so much emotion and such a touching storylinemore
This book is missing page 152-162!more
Exceptionalmore
why?! why?! the ending is horribly perfect. I loved this book. every minuet. it details so clearly the love and bond that can develop between siblings. beautiful. more
This books ending killed me inside. I read this book in a matter of a few days because I loved it so much. I realized if it would have had the "happy ending" I wanted it wouldn't have been real. It would have been like any other book. Amazing book. Realistic author.more
engrossing and explosive.more
excelente lectura, buena literaturamore
I was asked by my English teacher to read this book. At first, I thought it would be like the other cancer books i've read; you know how it goes. The author makes you easily fall in love with the main character and then kills them brutally, and crushes your own soul until you drown your sorrows in oreos and chocolate milk. This book, however the same results happened, was much different. I can't quite explain why, but it just was. Maybe it was the fact that you see the story from all possible angles except the one of the patient. I don't know, but i definitely like it. more
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
Loved this book and was extremely disappointed in the movie.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
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