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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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emmejo, August 7, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Kate has had leukemia since she was a tiny child. Anna has been Kate's donor every time she needs transfusions or bone marrow, but when the girl's parents want to take one of Anna's kidneys and give it to Kate, Anna puts her foot down. She hires a lawyer, and sues her parents for the right to decide what will happen to her own body.

The characters are great, the writing effortless to read and the plot interesting and fast moving. It was great, until the ending. It was a complete deus ex machina cliche and really stupid to boot. The bad ending completely ruined the rest of the good reading experience for me.
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kellikens, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by kellikens)
Loved this book - it was heart wrenching!
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www.gileslachance, September 15, 2009 (view all comments by www.gileslachance)
My Sister’s Keeper is a novel by author Jodi Picoult. It tells a story from several perspectives of a genetically engineered child named Anna who was born for the purpose of saving her sister Kate from leukemia. As Anna gets older, she begins to think more independently. One day, she finally decides that she has had enough of being a donor for Kate and chooses to sue her parents to have control of her medical rights. As a result the characters of the novel fight and argue over what decisions to make for the two siblings based on the things they see as right and wrong in this controversy. This book explains a controversial topic that many readers may like. One scene from the story is where Sara, Anna and Kate’s mother, becomes shocked and furious to hear that Anna has decided to sue her parents despite all the support that Anna had given to her sister in the past without complaint. This complication puts pressure on family members and increases the tension in between them. The message of the book is that not everyone can be treated equally in life even if that is what happens to be desired. Decisions will sometimes have to be settled for either one way or the other when there are no other choices. As this book teaches an important aspect of life, it is a very valuable book to read and comprehend. It provides each character’s ideas and how they view the freedom of one and the survival of another which is an effective way to understand how each may feel about the matter. One of the main ideas of this novel is that it argues over people’s rights and whether one should be judged different based on how they’re born.

“There should be a statute of limitation on grief.”
-page 421, My Sister's Keeper
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439157268
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Pocket
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 9.205 oz

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