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My Sister's Keeper

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ISBN13: 9780340835463
ISBN10: 034083546x
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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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"Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion." Publishers Weekly

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"Picoult's timely and compelling novel will appeal to anyone who has thought about the morality of medical decision making and any parent who must balance the needs of different children. Highly recommended." Library Journal

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"There can be no easy outcomes in a tale about individual autonomy clashing with a sibling's right to life, but Picoult thwarts our expectations in unexpected ways. Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family." Kirkus Reviews

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"Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story....Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book." Booklist (Starred Review)

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Cheryl Marseilles, August 26, 2006 (view all comments by Cheryl Marseilles)
In the eyes of a 13 year old child who gives so much to her sister,who is sick with a disease-this book shows you the compassion of family, but always keeps you wondering where it leads her.
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Treeflower, May 10, 2006 (view all comments by Treeflower)
I credit Picoult for her human and humane examination of a difficult, complex topic. There is much to admire in the writing, as well. What I found troubling were, first, the too-precocious voice of 13-yr. old Anna: "I wasn't the result of a cheap bottle of wine or a full moon or the heat of the moment." Show me a 13-yr. old who's so clear on how accidental pregnancies occur. Always I was aware that she was an authorial concoction--an engaging one, yes, but inauthentic to this reader. Second, the novel's focus is on Anna's right to choose, and builds toward the moment when that privilege is about to be exercised--only to shortchange the reader with a too-neat swerve that prevents Anna from choosing anything at all.

Since the story is about nothing if not facing the hard choices in life as a parent, as a child who's well, as a child who's not, Picoult's decision to spring a "surprise" and melodramatic ending on the reader caused me to drop the novel in irritation. The narrative builds to a conclusion that never arrives, leaving this reader feeling annoyed and wary of reading Picoult's other works. The very same ending could easily have been achieved without any loss of life, with the family having all taken needed lessons from the situation; therefore, Picoult's swerve comes across as manipulative.

The bottom line: it's easy to see why teenage girls are enraptured by this author, but more demanding readers beware.

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9780340835463
Author:
Jodi Picoult
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Product details pages PERSEUS DISTRIBUTION - English 9780340835463 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion."
"Review" by , "Picoult's timely and compelling novel will appeal to anyone who has thought about the morality of medical decision making and any parent who must balance the needs of different children. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "There can be no easy outcomes in a tale about individual autonomy clashing with a sibling's right to life, but Picoult thwarts our expectations in unexpected ways. Despite overplotting, then, a telling portrait of a profoundly stressed family."
"Review" by , "Expect to be kept up all night by Picoult's latest novel, but it's much more than a page-turner; it's a fascinating character study framed by a complex, gripping story....Picoult's novel grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book."
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