January 12, 2011

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Title:  My Sister's Keeper
Author:  Jodi Picoult
Format:  PB
Pages:  423
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Washington Square, 2005
ISBN-13:  978-0743454537
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "It's not God.  It's just my parents," I say, "I want to sue them for the rights to my own body."

Synopsis (Amazon):  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.

Review:  I love this author.  This book took me through the entire range of emotions from laughter to tears.  It's a great story.  I'm not convinced it needed to end quite as tragically as it did, but that didn't take away from the story as a whole.  It's recently been made into a movie which I plan to watch soon.  I'll probably review it just in case anyone is interested in the differences between the book & movie.

Rating:  4 / 5

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