My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Washington Square Press | February 1, 2005 | Trade Paperback

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel is rated 4.5115 out of 5 by 174.
Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: February 1, 2005

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0743454537

ISBN - 13: 9780743454537

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from i tried really hard... to get into this and finish it. i really could not and i know a lot of readers will not be happy with this review. i found it dragged it a lot could've been left out. every chapter is a characters pov. normally i don't mind this but i just couldn't get into the book. i read half way i've decided to stop. too detail about every single thing. but that is probably why this book has been rated so good. it's meant to take the reader straight to the stress and emotions of all the characters. it is not a bad book maybe i was not in the right mood or mind frame for this type of book. i am really disappointed because all the reviews have been great. i think i'll book mark it and come back later on. i really wanted to get into this book. don't let my review discourage you to read this, but just be prepared for the right mood for this type of book.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than the Movie Loved it. Much better than the movie, but sadder. Best of Picoult is in this novel. A must read.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from touching and heartfelt This was the first book by Jodi Picoult I read and now I cannot wait to read more. I did find it a little bit confusing at times with each chapter being from a different characters point of view, and it kept jumping from past to present. Absolutely recommend this book!!
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from bored I heard nothing but rave reviews about this book, however, every time I tried to get into it, I just couldn't do it. The book was just too boring for me, I forced myself to read half way, and then I just couldn't go on. Didn't end up finishing the book.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAAAAAAZING Jodi is one of my all time favorite authors, and this book just tops of her list of books. Every book of hers I cant put down, but this one exceeded my expectations. I read it twice in one month, thats how much I love it. If you want a book that has a little of everything in it, read this. It will make you laugh, cry and think about life all in one paragraph! A must read :) and one of my all time favs!
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Incredible. Wow. Just, wow. Throughout the whole book, I was bracing myself for when the moment came that I'd been expecting. Then, in the last 50 pages, you find out information that changes everything. Then again, on the third last page, the book takes another turn that you definitely wouldn't see coming, and it breaks your heart into even smaller pieces than it would have if what you were originally expecting had happened. I loved this book, even if it made me cry. In fact, I love it for that very reason. Any book that can bring out such emotions strong enough to make you cry, curse out loud, or refuse to put it down even though you're beyond exhausted couldn't possibly be described as anything less than incredible. This is the first book I've ever read by Jodi Picoult, but I can say right now that it definitely will not be the last.
Date published: 2011-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Was Bored Reading It I found this book very hard to get into, and was rather bored reading it. I ended up not finishing the book due to the lack of interest in reading it. I think it was due more to the style of the book then the subject itself.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Review My Sister’s Keeper is a novel about a young girl, Anna, fighting for her right to decide what medical procedures can be preformed on her. Anna was genetically selected at birth to be a close donor for her sister, Kate, who was diagnosed at a young age with leukemia. Jodi Picoult covers a controversial topic on what is morally and ethically right, and how far one sister must go to help her older sister survive. The author switches characters, allowing the reader to understand each characters personal dilemmas and feelings. Picoult provides a surprising twist at the end of the novel. I strongly recommend My Sister’s Keeper.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story I've read My Sister's Keeper multiple times and I think I'll cry without fail no matter what. It's such a beautiful, heartbreaking story. Jodi Picoult's writing is great and I love the different viewpoints from each character. I wish the movie had been closer to the book, yet I still loved it. One of my favourites.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous on many levels Touching, constroversial and thought-provoking at the same time. I had such a good time reading this book, it was really hard to put it down. I love that it was masterfully pulled together, giving perspective from the many characters woven in. An unexpected ending and a lot of depth in the characters. Great read!!
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!! I read this book a few years ago while in University and couldn't put it down! I was totally pulled in by the characters and wanted to know how it would end. I *definitely* would recommend this book. Jodi Picoult is such a great writer!! I have to add though, that the movie was the crappiest crap ever! I always say, the book is better and in this case it's true!
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible This book was amazingly addicting. It was a little upsetting, but still it was the type thing that made you think for a long time after you were finished reading. The characters were unbelievable and felt quite real. Though I did find the Campbell and Julia happenings a little stretched and fake. But it was a very good book.
Date published: 2010-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story This was my first Picoult novel and I was impressed. I couldn't put it down. I was enjoying the book throughout but the ending just made me like it even more. I like endings that I can't guess. My favourite of her books so far.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jodi, Jodi, Jodi I can't take it anymore. Jodi' books make me cry like a baby. Great read but make sure you have kleenex near by. I need something with comic relief now.
Date published: 2010-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. I really liked the book, easy and quick read.
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A SISTER!!! I have never read a book that made me smile and almost cry before... this book is soooo touching! I definitely have to watch the movie with my sister... it reminded me of all of the reasons why I had grown to love my younger sister and got me reflecting on the crazy lil things we used to do when we were young... ever since I was a kid I knew there was no better friend than a sister... this book helps bring that thought to life
Date published: 2010-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really brings you back to Reality This book is very moving. It is a real tear-jerker and the ending is AMAZING. Theres a heeuge twist and I was completly shocked. I really enjoyed how incredibly realistic this book was. I've decided Cancer is one of the scariest things ever and this book really brings that to life. This book isn't for everyone, since it doesn't have a lot of action or anything. Its perfect if you want somthing that has realistic tragety and a stories about life.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie and I really enjoyed it. In the beginning, I was conflicted - was it right or not to have a baby to save another child? As I read further, I got a better understanding of the characters and how a family can be affected and sometimes torn apart when one child becomes ill. However, I admired the mother and her determination to never give up. Though the ending was very sad and totally unexpected, I was both sad and happy for the family.
Date published: 2010-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an ending! I read this book in under 48 hours - I just had to get to the end and see what happened in their lives. I did not see the movie, and do not plan on seeing it either - I prefer to read the books and not try to figure out what parts a Director, in all his/her wisdom, decided to skip over. Don't you just hate that ! This was the first time I have read this author and I loved her style and details. She must have either had someone in the family who had previously had a lot to do with hospitals and different forms of treatment and care, or did a LOT of research. I plan on reading her other books, especially the new one with the autistic boy - it looks interesting too. But what an ending to 'My Sister's Keeper' - I cried for hours - then I handed it onto my sister-in-law to read.
Date published: 2010-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like no other. As many have mentioned before, this novel is a true representation of a heartbreaking story that all readers should be captivated by. I personally know that I was one of them. The book took you on a captivating adventure, through happiness and through longing fear of what may happen next in ones life. It also manages to take you through the story of two broken hearts who could not find a way to reconnect with each other for so many years. It is true that this book is full of life messages and by saying this, people have a lot to learn from Anna and her family. A phenomenal story of loss, redemption, justice and faith.
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! My Sister’s Keeper is a beautiful story about the love two sisters share for one another and a family’s struggles through sickness, health and the decisions that bind them. The story surrounds the Fitzgerald family, Brian and Sara and their children Jesse, Kate and Anna. Kate was diagnosed with leukemia when she was two years old and her sister Anna was conceived to be a perfect donor match. After a lifetime of donating pieces of her body to Kate and her illness, Anna seeks out the help of lawyer Campbell Alexander to sue her parents for medical emancipation, when they’re informed Kate now needs a kidney. Author Jodi Picoult tells this story not just as Anna or Kate but also as Sara, the mother who desperately wants Anna to reconsider and Brian, the father who questions how they’ve treated Anna. Jesse, the brother also shares his piece of the story as does lawyer Campbell and advocate Julie. It is a thorough depiction of their lives, coming from all sides and leaving no one’s piece untold. In the last few years there has been a significant amount of media surrounding the idea and ability to save one child with another, to create genetic matches for sick children. Jodi Picoult takes this topic from a journal article to a real family, a family that could live down your street, that could be you. Although many people say the ending is unrealistic (I won’t give it away for those who haven’t read it) I think it’s all about how you look at it. I will agree that the ending is an unlikely one for the story but it leaves the reader thinking about how ironic life can be and how we can struggle to control situations and decisions but ultimately we cannot control life.
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very sad book...unrealistic ending I am not a fan of reading books that hit too close to home - and this one did. As a mother of 2 small children, I cannot imagine the choices that Sara had to face. The writer really does a good job at polishing the characters. I really felt I knew them all. I felt sorry for all of them. Sad and depressing book!!! I must say, that I enjoyed the ending to the MOVIE better than the book! I felt it was more realistic. The twist that happens at the end of the book doesn't seem like the true progression for this story.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing Writing Style It was a great story and it most definitely makes you think about the meaning of life, love and what's right and wrong. It really gives a whole definition to ethics and teaches you to see all sides of every situation in your life. However, though it is a great story, the way the story is told is a bit confusing. I can understand the first person, and there probably isn't another way to tell this story. But there are just so many different view points and characters that it makes it really difficult to keep them straight, I thought so anyways
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tear-jerker Everyone knows about this book because of the movie, but if you're considering seeing the movie first, or you've seen the movie but haven't read the book, click on 'add to shopping bag' NOW. The story of Anna Fitzgerald, brought into this world for no other reason than to save her sister's life, is a book that will make you feel the whole spectrum of emotions, and feel them to the point of wanting to reach into the world Picoult created and either strangle or hug a character, depending on the circumstances. Everyone also knows this book has a controversial ending. Like most, I thought the ending was too convenient and completely undid what Picoult was trying to do for the first 400 pages, but the main reason she's my favourite author is her endings always elicit a response. You may not always agree with them, but they always get you thinking or talking or brooding or celebrating. Or crying. You do a lot of that at the end of this one. If you haven't already, pick this book up. It's a must-read.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, This is what Reality is... I know there is a movie for this book, and I watched the movie first. I really wanted to read the book so I read it, and the ending of the movie really changed the whole book. The book was amazing, it really shows you the love from a mother to her child and what reality really is like. I loved the characters, and the way the author wrote it from everyone's perspective. The book was also really sad and heart warming and I would definetly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish I hadn't read it It's not that it wasn't a great book. I zipped through it, unable to put it down, but I wish I had never read it. This book made me thoroughly sad for days, and I still get choked up when I think about the ending. I would still definitely recommend it to people who don't mind tear-jerkers. But if you tend to be a bit on the over-sensitive side, it might be better to stay away... or at least have lots of soft tissues handy and a good friend you can call to cry about it with.
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the BEST novels I ever read! Such a great story! It was so hard to put down and impossible to forget! This was the first novel hat I read by Jodi Picoult, but definitely not the last. This is a MUST READ!
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Loved this book...would highly recomment it.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating reading Keeps you turning the pages, simply because you can not help it, you must know. Or maybe it is just me. How realistic this story was, is not for me to say. But, without a doubt, I was involved in the character’s lives till the last page. Truth to be told, the ending was a bit of a disappointment in its predictability. However, it is only my opinion.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it! I LOVE this book. I couldn't put it down. Probably one of my fastest reads ever. It was easy to soak up and the issue at the heart of the story was enough to keep me reading until my eyes blurred. There were a few moments when the medical stuff made me cringe a little, but nothing too overwhelming. Even though the movie apparently ends differently, I am looking forward to seeing it.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Eye Opener A heart-breaking story of a sister diagnosed with cancer who goes in and out of remision, but her younger sister is brought into this world to save her. A tragic tale of love, and the unstoppable lengths a family endures for her survival. I was saddened by the ending.
Date published: 2009-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath-Taking! Jodi Picoult will capture your heart in this amazing novel, telling of two sister, one fighting cancer, and the other donating body parts to save her. Her descriptive novel captures the concept of a family with their daughter on the line, and will blow your mind with all her unexpected twists! A must read for anyone and everyone. Be ready for a true inspiration.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tear Jerker This book was one of the best books I've ever read. The characters are pretty consistent throughout the plot but as the story goes on you the characters are shown more with more complexity and they just add everything into the story. The ending itself was so sad! I'm not going to lie, I cried. There's actual tear stains on my book. Hence it being a tear jerker. The book itself hits you with such a reality blow, it's amazing. It makes you think about life itself and it's wakening. If you read it you definitely won't be able to out it down. It's starts off a little slow, but once you're into it you CANNOT put it down. Check it out. You definitely won't regret it.
Date published: 2009-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! I read this book in 5 hours - that's how good it was. The story is beautiful and so are the characters!!! I was shocked in the end, because (as many other people) I didn't expect that kind of ending!!!!!
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grab the Kleenex Jodi Picoult has yet to dissapoint. Her Unique writting style, and stories have you sitting up till the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put this book down. A great story. The book takes on a emotional roller coaster. Be sure to have the kleenex nearby because it can become difficult to read with tears pouring from your eyes :). I strongly recommend this book for anybody to read.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Had It's Moments This book was a special one because it dealt with things that some people have no clue about and that some people know too much of. I think the author did a good job in maintaining a balance. I liked how this book was written from different character's views, it showed the perspectives well and helped me understand the situations and the stories behind the choices that they made. It also gave a strong message when you realized that Kate only expressed her point of view at the very end. The last events were unexpected, but I like when a book has a final twist. Overall it was good but not great, I wouldn't read it again but I won't forget it. I also want to go see the movie although I don't think it will do justice...my main reason for thinking this is because Alec Baldwin is Campbell, that is called terrible casting.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story My Sister's Keeper is a beautiful story. I loved the story from the beginning right until the end. Although I have to say, I did end up needing a box of Kleenex. This is a story that I will remember for a long time to come.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aboslutely amazing At first the novel starts off very slow and can be confusing.. until you know the details of course. Once you get into the book you will not be able to put it down. The book offers different points of view on the events happening and I found that to be extremely interesting. You got to see exactly what everybody thought and it made you understand the situations a lot better. Definately a very touching story and I recommend it to anybody who wants a good read. You'll be laughing and crying all within a matter of minutes.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get out the Kleenex! When I began reading this book I didn't think that I would make it through. I couldn't see the pages through my tears. This is the story of a family torn apart by a childs illness and forced to make life changing decisions. This book definitely made me reflect on the love I have for my own children. This family does what they think is best for their family, for their little girl. As the story unfolds I felt more and more drawn to the mother. I think maybe because I am a mother. Not that I agreed with her choices I just felt connected to her pain. Anna is such a strong character I felt it difficult to read the chapters from her view. The questions she asks herself, adn the way she sees life are so skewed by her life expereince. No child should know the things that she does or feel the way that she does. Yes she can be seen as a hero (which she is) but she also feels invisible. This story is touching and also painful to read. I was a little disappointed with the ending but I can see where Picoult was coming from. In the grand scheme of things the ending makes sense. Grab you kleenex because this book is going to make you want to cry from beginning to end!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A moving story It was a great read. The way she wrote the story, the chapters - was what I thought that made this book stand out. I felt sorry for Jesse and his rough times as a kid, but mostly i feel for Anna. The ending took a shocking turn and twisted the whole story. This was was enjoyable to read - happy reading !
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lets be honest The author has a poor writing style. If I were to read this book in maybe public school then yes I would have enjoyed it.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Sister's Keeper This novel was one of those books that make you reflect on your own life and make you aware of how much you cherish your family, friends and yourself. This novel was about a thirteen girl old girl named Anna who was conceived with altered DNA in order to be a perfect match in terms of being a donor of blood, stem cells, bone marrow and everything else. Anna was conceived for the purpose of donating perfectly matching cells and such to her sister Kate, who suffers from leukemia. However, the novel is about Anna wanting to become medically emancipated so she will be in charge of making her own decisions when it comes to her donations to her sister. This novel is based on the controversal acts of ethics and morals and how far someone is willing to go for those who they love. This book in narrated by different characters: Anna, Brian (the father), Sara (the mother), Jesse (the ignored and troubled brother), Campbell (Anna's lawyer) and Julia (appointed by the court in order to look over what would be best for Anna). The novel revolves around the lawsuit in which Anna filed in order to be the decision maker regarding her donations to Kate, rather than having her parents decide for her. However, there are a lot of flashbacks, which inform the reader of how the past impacted the present. There is also a large amount of medical words, which can sometimes throw the reader off completely. The main issue within the novel is if Anna will lose herself if she continues these medical procedures in order to postpone her sister's death or if Anna will lose her sister, which is what Anna must decide throughout the entire novel. This book will surely make you cry, and the ending is very shocking. The message behind this novel is sometimes there are hidden meanings behind someone's actions, and Anna being seen as selfish by not wanting to be her sister's donor anymore is one of those actions that is discovered as having a much deeper meaning.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Novel, A Terrible Film My book club chose to read My Sister's Keeper this month. We made plans to have our discussion over lattes and then head to the theater to see the film. The novel was remarkable. I loved the character of Brian, and also Jesse. I hated Sara, but in some ways I think that was Jodi Picoult's intention. I grew to love Anna. Her devotion to her sister is inspiring. The storyline taking place in the background (the romance between Campbell and Julia) was a wonderful break in the novel from the intense emotions brought up by the story of Kate's illness. The novel took it's twists and turns - which I enjoyed. It could be argued that Picoult got lazy by giving the novel the ending she did, but I think it was necessary. No one enjoys a novel with a terribly tragic ending. This is part of what I disliked about the film - why completely alter an author's story? The novel ending and the film ending are like day and night! What a shame. When Picoult had a certain vision, along came Hollywood. I was truly disappointed.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought provoking but sad This book has a controversial topic which intrigued me. It was thought provoking, well written but at times the characters were predictable. Jodi Picoult did an excellent job on each chapter by giving different character’s perspective of the day’s events. Great metaphors, they are easy to relate to. And yes, I did cry for the last two chapters.
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant! very emotional, deep and controvericial. i picked up this book because of the upcoming movie. i wanted to read the book before i watched the movie. when i did start reading i couldnt put the book down. when i did have to get some sleep my thoughts and dreams were plagued with thoughts of the book. and the twist at the end of the book was like omg i cant even explain it. a must read!
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read ! i absolutely love this book. it was full of sadness, laughter, youth, love, family, tragedy, and surprise. i would've given it five stars but i was not happy with the ending. i mean i cried throughout the whole thing i was hoping that the ending would leave me smiling. however, all the characters were absolutely perfected, especially anna. you will definitely fall in love with her and what makes this book so perfect is the struggle that not a lot of people go through. it was a beautiful story, one that is definitely UNFORGETTABLE !
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot Topic Wow. Where do I even begin? The choice of topic, the characters, everything about this book was amazing. Seeing the trailer for the movie, I knew I had to read the book first. The story begins with Anna, 13 years old, wanting to sue her parents for the rights to her body. Kate, her older sister, is dying of cancer, and is in need of a kidney transplant. Anna has been giving "donations" of all sorts to Kate since the day she was born. No one has ever asked her, it was just assumed that she wanted to donate. Anna was conceived after all, to safe her sister in the first place. I couldn't put this book down, and what an ending! I'll be picking up more of Picoult's novels for sure!
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've always liked these kind of books, someone in the family gets sick and people have to learn how to cope with it and such. I saw the movie before I read the book and both were amazing. The book is not like the movie though, it has more detail and...that's all I say =P
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Okay, but extremely frustrating The story of a child who is genetically-matched to her sibling who is dying of leukemia, it was definitely an interesting topic that was hotly debated at our book club meeting. I really felt for Anna, and the author did a good job writing her point of view. I liked how the author chose to write each character' s story from their own eyes and thoughts. Unfortunately, there was a whole substory about two characters which wasted a lot of time and paper, and it frustrated me to read about the two of them because it lent nothing to the main story. Some of the characters frustrated me (the mother, the brother), and while I enjoyed the book in a way, in the other, there was so much said that just infuriated me. I don't know that I liked the ending but it was ironic to say the least.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome Good topic, explaination of characters. I really liked the fact that she wrote in character of each of the main characters. Surprise ending worth the read!
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining read How far would you go to save the life of your child? Would you genetically create the perfect sibling donor? Would you harvest from that sibling all that you needed to keep the first child alive? And if the perfect sibling donor objected, would you stop? Could you stop knowing that this would result in the certain death of your child? These are the questions which lie at the heart of My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This was not the first time that I picked up this book, and initially I was deterred by the fact that the story seemed unremarkable and the main characters clichés. Once I was able to move past this however, I found that this book was indeed an entertaining read. Not in the sense that it provided amusement, but rather because it offered a predictable and arguably formulaic story, and occasionally a certain comfort can be found in that. Although the quality of Picoult’s writing was unexceptional, it did not interfere with the story, nor did it attempt to be something that it was not. In all the story gave me something to think about, and I found that the various perspectives on this ethical dilemma provided me with enough substance to enjoy the read.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Poor character development and storyline development. WAY too many flashbacks, a lot could have been omitted.... Horrible "Campbell" character. The narration from different characters got boring after 1/3 of the book. Good twist to the end but what happens makes everything prior unnecessary due to the same outcome! VERY FRUSTRATING AT TIMES. MEDIOCRE. Not a big fan of the writer....
Date published: 2009-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I had finished this book just a few days ago - read it in a day. It was really addicting and I just had to finish it. The writing is absolutely exquisite and the plot was really alluring. It was very sad, and made me emotional in many parts. I had also just watched the movie Friday, June 27th 2009 and that was also absolutely amazing, but the book is always so much better than the movie. Jodi Picoult's novel examines the workings of a family struggling to find love, and life, within all their relationships. Some of the relationships in the story are struggling but they try to make it right even in the wrong situations. My sisters keeper is such an amazing book, and I recommend it for all of you who enjoy the types of stories where people put things at risk and try to help their family.
Date published: 2009-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Top 5 Favourites! This novel is very surprising and is in my top 5 favourites. Picoult connects you emotionally with every character and its easy to get attached. I recommend this novel to everyone. I read it a few years before there was news about it being made into a movie and now I have really high expectations. This is a must read. WARNING: tear-jerker.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This is one of those books that you actually have to force yourself to put down. Aboslutely amazing. I loved every page and it really gets you thinking about life and what it's really all worth. It will leave you, astounded!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jodi Picoult's best book! If you only read one Jodi Picoult book (but why would you?), make it this one. It's such a captivating read, and you will not want to stop to eat or sleep. Counting down the days until the movie comes out!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tear Jerker Omg! I bawled at the end! It was such a well written story. I liked all the different perspectives Picoult wrote in. It was a really touching story and even a bit controversy with Anna. It's a must read!
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Sister's Keeper Having never read a Jodi Picoult book before, I was leary to pick this one up. My Sister's Keeper opens with Anna's visit to a lawyers office where she delcares she would like to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. It turns out Anna was genetically designed to match her sister who suffers from a terminal form of cancer. As such, Anna has spent her entire life in hospitals donating various pieces of herself to save her sisters life. Thus the obvious conflict of the book is Anna's choice between her own welfare and her sisters. I found the characters to be very engaging and became emotionally attached to Anna's plight, finding her a very brave and sympathetic young girl. It is perhaps for this reason that I was also profoundly disappointed with the ending (which is all I will say to avoid any spoilers ). My Sister's Keeper is defintely worth a read although I do not see myself picking up any more of Picoult's books in the future.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart breaking and heart warming. After reading "My Sisters Keeper", I can definatly understand the hype. It is excellent for teenagers and grown ups alike! The characters are explained in great detail, all of their thoughts and complexes, leaving the reader feeling like they really know them. The book shows no bias towards any character, because it shows everyones side and persepective. It will warm your heart and break it. A novel I will cherish always!
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are No WORDS. I cant even truely explain how good,scratch that, how GREAT this book is! I had seen the commercial to this book for the movie & a friend of mine said i had to read the book first. It was soo good. As you probally already know Anna is a girl who has filed a lawsuit against her parents for right over her own body. She was concived to help keep her sister Kate alive.It goes through the ups & downs of being a teenager, but more importantly being a sister. Finding who you are along the way & believing that as hard as something is to do, Your parents will never stop loving you. I don't want to give to much away. So you will not be wrong in anyway if you pick this book up:)
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bringing you back to Reality Jodi Picoulit wrote My Sister’s Keeper, which is a heartwarming, sad, loving, and an unexcepted story. I was recommended to read this book from a lady who said she thought it was an outstanding novel. So this encouraged me to read this book and right when I picked it up, I was hooked and could not put it down. I was able to feel the emotions each character, the pain, the love, and struggles, in which made the story sound and feel like it could be reality. This story can for sure touch the hearts of many. My Sister’s Keeper is about a unique thirteen year old girl named Anna. She may be different on the outside but is very similar to her sister on the inside. Her parents designed her to be a perfect genetic match for her sister. Therefore Anna could be her sister’s donor, since Kate is diagnosed with leukemia. Anna has suffered through many surgeries and blood transfusions for her sister, but she was never asked what she wanted to do. It upset her so much that she decides to sue her parents for the rights of her own body. We learn about what each family member and character thinks, believes, and feels about the situation. No matter how much Anna’s mother tries to persuade her to drop the lawsuit she does not back down, even though it may mean losing her sister. The family is confronted with the question about what is morally right, and if there is actually a right answer. It brings them closer to each other and their love is able to grow stronger too. Jodi shows in this book the debate of this moral situation. She shows both sides of the debate and it helps you decide what you think. Also it makes you think about what you would you if you were in this situation. We are able to see everyone’s opinion and story from each chapter, since each chapter tells the story from a different character’s perspective. Each person has a different interpretation of the morality in this dilemma and this battle asks if there is no real right or wrong choice. This story was very well written and has become one of my favorite books that I would recommend to anyone who asks. This is a story that gets you thinking and brings you back to reality.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Wasn't expecting that ending! This is my first Jodi Picoult book and I couldn't put it down. I read it in 2 days.
Date published: 2009-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tugs at your heartstrings The amount of emotion running through the pages of this book was enough to make me literally sob at some points! I could picture the characters vividly and imagine their pain, anger, and confusion. I love the way the story is told from every characters point of view. Although i would have liked to see through kates eyes a bit more. Normally with any book, I will read a few chapters of a book before going to sleep at night. But this book was different, I spent hours every day reading this book. I would find myself reaching for it when I knew I should be doing chores, or sleeping. I definitely recommend this Novel :)
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Got Me Into Books Several months ago I wanted to get into books. This was the first book I've read voluntarily (outside of school). It was recommended to me because it sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you gripped through the emotional rollercoaster it takes you on. I makes you sad, makes you happy...it made me cry and laugh. I finished it in 3-4 days. Perhaps if I read something else as my "first" book, I wouldn't have continued reading. I would recommend this book to those who are looking for something that touches your heart and shakes up your emotions.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I have never EVER cried during a book...this one however WAS the first....I loved it and I can't wait for the movie!!!!
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting....but still not "amazing" This book was really hard to rate for me. There were things I like about this book and just as many that I didn't. So if I was able to give it 2.5, uh, leaves I would have. But I settled for three basically because I was able to get through the book without putting it down and just forgetting about it. The premise of this book is great. It's interesting, controversial and different. It basically makes you want to read it and forces you to finish it even if you have a lot of problems with the book and is just reading for curiousity. This is one of the things I liked most. However, I did have a lot of issues with this novel. First of all, I hated the changing perspecitves. While I'm normally used to it since its popular in fantasy novels, the fact that it was always in first person made it annoying. It was really hard to follow since it was constantly changing and if I decided to stop reading for just a few minutes, I'd have to go back to make sure I knew who's POV I was reading from. While you could argue that it helped give you the bigger picture, it still made the read less enjoyable for me. Another thing I didn't like about this book was the pacing. There were so many flashbacks and memories that it hardly felt like the book was moving forward. I understand that it helped give more depth and understanding of the characters, but I still kept having to wait to get back to the present so the case would actually go on. Lastly are the characters. I personally have a mixed review about them. I love that they all had their strengths and their flaws. It made them more real. But after reading some really sad scenes, I realized I wasn't as emotionally attached to the characters as I wanted to be. Maybe it was the constant change in perspectives or something, but I didn't love or hate any of the characters as I do when I read other books. (Although I admit to really, really not liking Sara) Overall, I would actually recommend this book to other readers. While I didn't love it or think it was amazing, the majority of readers do. So if you want to read this book, you have a good chance of loving it and not having the same problems I did with this book.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real tear-jerker! This novel was a fantastic read. Right from the first page I knew this book was going to make me cry, and I was right! Even considering such controversial subject matter, Jodi Picoult manages to convince readers that everyone (and no one at the same time) is right and it's easy to identify with such interesting and unique characters. Throughout the novel I was anticipating a certain predictable ending, but was thrilled and shocked with the dramatic twists of fate that tied together all the loose ends. "My Sister's Keeper" is a demonstration of masterfully skilled plot and character development. You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a fabulous literary piece, but enjoyable nonetheless A very nice, easy read - I was able to read this book very quickly, whereas I normally get bogged down by every word and every detail. Picoult jumps around so that you hear the story from each of the characters' viewpoints, and that makes it all the more interesting, and enables us to really relate to each of the characters. This also breaks the format down into short sections, so that it never gets dull. This is definitely a story geared towards women, and is a bit overly dramatic and romantic - but that is what made it so easy to read! A few pet peeves: often, Picoult has the children thinking and saying thoughts overly mature and "deep" for the ages that she is trying to convey. Also, the ending was a bit extreme (and unnecessary?); yet I still closed the book feeling satisfied.
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding!!!! I have just finished reading this book and it is safe to say it is in my top 5 of books I have read. As always, Jodi Picoult takes a controversial topic and turns it into a magnificent plot. This book took turns that I could never have predicted and just when I thought that was 'it' something else came along to wow me once again. If you have never read a Jodi Picoult book, start with this - you will be hooked on this author and her phenomenal novels!!!
Date published: 2009-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic. This is the 1st book that I have of Jodi Picoult, and I loved it. I think it was one of the best books i've read. I can't wait to see the movie in June. I will go buy her other books. 5 stars.
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This book was so touching and sad at the same time. It wasn't what I expected. It got me thinking about what families have to go through when they might lose a child. The story was so well written and really broke my heart. A must read.
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking I enjoyed this book.. i really liked the way it was written. Each chapter was one of the charactors, from their point of view.. definately had me thinking.
Date published: 2009-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This is the 1st book that I have of Jodi Picoult!!! Amazing book and now I want to read her other books! I have cried while I read!!!
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed. The story is so tragic on many levels as each player has a chance to show their side. It rotates in first person perspective between a handful of main characters. The ending is a shocker, but I couldn't imagine it another way.
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! This book was very... i just don't know how to describe it. I took a while to read it, but maybe it was becasue i really didn't want to know what would would happen at the end. The author made it such a twist at the end, i just couldn't believe it! Over all it was a sad, but excellent book!
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting After all the great reviews of this book I had to read it. It is the first book by Jodi Picoult that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The story was very interesting - about a young girl, Anna, who was born to be her sister's (a cancer patient) perfect donor match. The story is told from the point of view of different characters in the novel, including Anna, her parents, her brother, and a few other major characters. It will keep your attention and has some great twists - including the ending. I don't know what else I can say that hasn't already been written about this book - if you're thinking about picking it up go for it...you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! This was the first of Jodi's books that I read. I was captivated from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing i found this book fantastic, it's not normally something i'd read but a friend reccomended it and i loved it! though i cried quite a bit during the read.
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cowardly ending Ms. Picoult had a great story going through most of her book. The characters were mostly believeable and the plot moved along well. The ending however took the easy way out and disappointed this reader greatly.
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK - A MUST READ I do not think I have ever cried reaing a book in my life - until I read this one. A must read for everyone!!!!!
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating, beautiful book ! This story is just so gripping, and the writing is outstanding ! Besides that, Jodi Picoult does a really great job of telling the story from every Fitzgerald family members' p.o.v. (as well as a few other memorable characters..). Apart from Anna and Kate's medical drama, the sub-plots in the story involving other people were entertaining, and kept me interested throughout the book. And although the ending to this novel was a huge shock, I did not dislike it because it made metaphorical sense, and had distinct thematic relevance. A very good read !
Date published: 2008-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourite Books of the Year! For me, this was one of those books where I stayed up far past my bedtime just to find out how it all ends. Picoult’s plot about a family’s love for each other was suspenseful, emotional and intellectual, resulting in a rollercoaster ride for both heart and mind. The story had several diverse characters, each so well written that I wanted to know more about them. While there was a lot happening between all the characters, the events in one person’s life didn’t overshadow another character’s story, instead, they complemented each other. There was just the right balance of foreshadowing that I had an idea about what was coming, yet she still managed to build up the suspense and drama which all converged for an excellent climax, followed by a surprise ending.
Date published: 2008-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Must Have I never heard of Jodi Picoult before she was recommended to me by a coworker. Now, after reading this one book, I am on a mission to read every other book she has written. Jodi Picoult is a phenomenal writer. She searches the depths of the human soul and brings to light the highs and lows that we are all capable of in times of trouble and turbulence. The story is about a 13 year old girl suing her parents for medial emancipation at the risk of killing her sister. Anna's 16 year old sister has leukemia and Anna was conceived as a genetic match and life long donor for her dying sister, until she reached the age of 13 where she decided to make her own choices. The book is about how the family deals with such a monumental decision: one sister deciding if the other lives or dies; and how those around them from judges to nurses, doctors and lawyers react to the family and the situation. The ending is not to be expected. It is a complete rurn around from what Jodi sets you up to beleive, and I cried at the end of it because it is such a strong, heartfelt story. If you are looking for something to tug the heartstrings and make you think about human nature, morailty, or just the depth of one sister's love for antoher, you have to read this book. And anything else she's written....
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Jodi Picoult is my absolute favorite. This is one of the first books of her that I read, and I tell you the ending is unexpected and made me cry, which does not often happen with books. She's an amazing author.
Date published: 2008-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This novel is awesome everyone should read, it can touch anyone's life and it has a deep message. I can tell you one thing the ending can make you cry and it's something that don't expect to happen at all !!!
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough to read at times but Loved It This is a fabulous book - a very difficult topic - especially if you are a parent. Throughout the book I found myself feeling so much empathy and sadness for the mother in particular. I would comment that Anna's voice was a bit mature for her age. The story line btwn Campbell and Julia is a very pleasant and much needed distraction. This will make most people cry but I would highly recommend reading it.
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabulous author This was the first Jodi Picoult book that I read. I have since read every one of them. This story was tragic, and written in such a way that I had a hard time putting it down. Picoult gives her characters depth and a multitude of dimensions so that you feel like you know them. Her topics are those that current to society today and provide a view from all sides of argument.
Date published: 2008-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought I had it figured out... Before I read this book I thought I knew what I would do if ever faced with this situation, now I'm not so sure. I think once you read this book it will change a lot of minds. It makes you realize that not everything is black & white even when it's life & death.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read This book is well thought out and well written. I enjoyed it so much that I read it in 2 days. The characters are interesting and even though parts of the ending are a bit of a stretch (the brother) I found it satisfying. Great idea, well executed.
Date published: 2008-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a must read! I finished reading this book yesterday and I loved it. I can't wait to see what else the author has written. I highly recommend this book! I picked it up by chance and once I started, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I've read some of Jodi Picoult's other works and haven't liked any of them. 'My Sister's Keeper' has been the exception though. This book is very well written in a comprehensive style. The characters are very real. It puts you both in Anna's and her mother's shoes. By the end I was having a hard time deciding who's side I was on. It's definitely a tearjerker (I cried from about the middle to the end) and not your typical American happy ending because no one really wins in the end.
Date published: 2008-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great I loved this novel. It was so hard to put it down you just wanted to keep reading in to find out what was going to happen in the end
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Excellent This book is a must read. It's verry well written. This book brings forth the sad reality of life. It shows how fragile life can be and how strong and complicated family ties can be tested. I loved Ms. Picoult 's style in weaving her tale. Excellent book, yet it is for an emotionally strong at heart (very sad).
Date published: 2008-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention graber Although I found the book slow moving at first it soon became an attention graber. I couldn`t wait to come home and grab some time to read this book. The author kept me guessing and I truly enjoyed a sense of humour with her writing as well as the serious nature of the book. My teenage DD is presently reading this book and makes the same coments about it that I tought of while reading...
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written No parent or judge can determine how your life unfolds. Only God can reveal the plan he has set out for you.
Date published: 2008-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book was amazing. The way it was written was something I had not experienced before - each chapter is from a different character's perspective. I was hesitant, but I am so gladI discovered these books. Picoult presents a family whose elder daughter is sick with a recurrent disease - so they genetically matched their second daughter to be the perfect donor for her. Need some bone marrow, or blood? You have a ready-made donor. Unsurprisingly, this doesn't sit well with many characters, in particular the younger sister, whose life is based around being her elder sister's donor. The story is about her sueing her parents for medical emancipation, so she can be free from being forced to be her sister's donor. She does this, even though she knows this could cause her sister's death. An amazing story from start to finish, with each character's voice really making you think. You will probably side with certain characters, as I did, but once you hear the story from every angle, it gives a different perspective on the whole situation. This is one book that had me hooked from page one, and when the unsuspecting ending came, I could not stop the tears. Every book Picoult writes seems to end in a surprising way, and this does not disappoint. If I could give about 5 stars, I would. Recommended for book clubs as well.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh my God okie so i just finished reading this book last night, and i was so shocked and i couldn't believe it. From the beginning i had pictured one ending, and it was total opposite and shocking. Overall this book was amazing, and it has become one of my fav. books. If your looking for a book to read, this would be the best one to choose.
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is one of my favourite books! Whenever I read it, it is always interesting...I love how the author wrote the chapters from different points of view and timeline's so you could fully understand each character's personality and past.
Date published: 2008-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read I just finished reading this book last night. What an amazing book. I love they way that the author wrote each chapter from a different characters point of view. I'm now reading "19 minutes." Another great story so far!
Date published: 2008-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I just finished this book and has to write a review - it was absolutely incredibly and had me sobbing at the end. I disagree with all of those who did not like the ending, I thought it was amazing and unexpected. Picoult's writing style is fantastic and she captures everyone's perspectives perfectly. I can guarantee I will be out within the next few days buying more of her books.
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and Beautiful, tears will be shed I loved this book and thought it was extremely well written. I loved how each chapter served as a different character's set of eyes; it made for a very unique and interesting read. The story itself is incredible and beautiful, though of course very sad. Despite what many are saying about the ending, I think Jodi chose a very daring and bold way to bring the story to an end and I think she executed it very well. Excellent, excellent book.
Date published: 2008-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book i have read so far! Another great book from Jodi Picoult. It is absolutly amazing! It will make you laugh and cry, and it will bring things into a new perspective. This is by far the best book I have read in my life. From page 1 right to the end it is always interesting, and you want to know what is going to happen next. Usually books have a period where the book gets a little boring, well this book is never boring! I could not put it down, I read it in 2 days. I told my mother about it, so then she read it and she feels the same way. I would definatly recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2008-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing From the beginning of the book, I was completely pulled in. It was at times funny and at other times heart wrenching. However, Picoult really winned me over with the ending. If you are looking for a satisfying, substantial read, this is your book.
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath Taking This was my first Jodi Picoult book and she has me completely hooked. This heart-wrenching novel is a must read for anyone who has someone in their life that they love. How far would you go for that person? How far do we go with genetic engineering? How much is too much to ask of someone? This novel is absolutely amazing. This is the best novel I have read in years.
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good! This book had a weird writing style, it was told from about five or six different points of view and each chapter bounced around a little, and the same scene would repeat itself from someone's else view point. It was still a very good story with a surprise ending that I did not see coming even though I knew there was a surprise ending. Only once I was done reading the book did I fully appreciate it, but appreciate it I did and I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2008-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could have been a winner- but wasn't There are many good things that I could say about this book, but the author's poor choice of an ending overshadows them all. This is the story of thirteen year old Anna and her family. The only reason Anna was born is to provide genetically matched "spare parts" for her sister Kate who is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Anna's mother Sara will do anything necessary to save Kate, to the point where it has become an obsession that has blinded her to the needs of her other children. Though she says she loves her children equally, the novel provides ample proof that she does not. Anna's older brother Jessie drinks, drives, does drugs and is responsible for a string of arson fires. His parents solution is to move him out into an apartment over the garage. Apparently his lawyer mother and firefighter father are ignorant of the fact that teenagers can die just as quickly from motor vehicle accidents or drug overdoses as they can from cancer. Sara also appears to be oblivious to the fact that Anna has no friends, save Kate, no self esteem and no hopes for the future. Picoult says in the notes that follow the book that she chose the only ending possible- which is patently false. What she chose to do, without giving away too much here, was to punish Anna for daring to step outside the role her parents cast for her but in such a way that the all important Kate is saved. And Kate, what does she wish for? She wants a 'statute of limitations on grief', as though even sorrow is too much to give back to Anna.
Date published: 2008-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Picoult Book This is my hands-down favorite Jodi Picoult book. The characters were well-developed and you ended up really feeling for all sides. Anyone with a sister should read this!!
Date published: 2008-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Stunning and Unpredictable! This book will keep one guessing till the end. The first book I've ever read by Jodi Picoult, was "The Pact." After finishing that book, I was hooked onto Jodi's passion for writing. In each of her novels, she includes thought provoking questions at the end fo the story to allow the reader to critcally think about the events, and characters of the story. My Sister's Keeper involves a controversial storyline that will make the reader consider their own values and moral ethics in their own lives. You are constantly thinking, "What if this happened to me or my family? What would I do?" A family faced with a legal medical matter, that will either tear their family apart from a family member's death, or will bring them together. This is the dilemma that a teenage daughter must take on throughout the novel. All throughout the novel, each chapter is told by a specific character in the story, allowing the reader to take in what's going on in each of the character's minds, thoughts and lives. Why wait to read it! Get a copy today from any of your nearby Chapter/Indigo/Coles bookstore! You won't regret it, and you'll be hooked on the mastery that Jodi Picoult's writing continues to display!
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll NEVER see it coming! Just when you think you have it all figured out the story keeps twisting! An amazing story on family dynamics when faced with a serious illness. Picoult's style of writing using multiple character perspectives adds many different points of view to a complex plot line. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, but, ... ... I thought the theme of this book was excellent. Very engaging. Campbell is hilarious. However, I would have liked to read a different ending. Regardless of the ending, I can honestly say that there are few writers that inspire me to read all their books. By the end if 2008, I plan to have read all of Judi Picoult's books. (based on what I have read so far - The Pact and My Sister's Keeper)
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An exceptional read! I loved My Sister's Keeper! It's my favourite book of all Jodi Picoult's work and is the reason I started to read all the books she has written. The book was fast paced, engaging and really kept me in suspense until the very last minute. An exceptional read.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down I read this book while on vacation and could not put it down. I even convinced my husband to read it so that we could talk about the issues afterward. Very thought-provoking.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Jodi Picoult captures the essense of the minds of teenage girls, mothers, fathers and sibilings in this heartfelt telltale story of family going through a terminal illness.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exciting read! This was a very interesting topic. I loved the way each chapter was written from the perspective of a different character and it helped you see the point of view of that character.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY SISTER'S KEEPER: A NOVEL This book was so thought provoking. It really made me stop and think about how far one would go to save a child. As a mother I can honestly say I felt more for the main character than I did for the parents.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book My Sister's Keeper is a must read. Anyone who has children, or a sister, needs to read this. It is hearbreaking and provacative. You wonder what you would do if you were in the same situation. It will make you angry, sad, and feel sorry for the characters who has some extremely diffiuclt decisions to make.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking. I read this book as a member of a book club. It stimulated a lot of discussion and made for a very interesting meeting. Parents in particular might find this particularly gripping .
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book Wow this book had from the first word to the very last word, I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple days. It deals with something no family ever wants to deal with but sometimes they have to. As I read I couldn't decisively say that either side was right or wrong in their life long decisions, I could only conclude that they were doing what they thought was the best considering the circumstances. All through the book I kept thinking to myself that there is no way I would know what to do if put in that position. I completely recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read! It has been a long time since I've picked up a book and found it hard to put down. With My Sister's Keeper I was hooked from page one until the last page of the book. The controversial issues in the book left me feeling torn, unable to choose a side, but also unable to stop reading until I found out how it all ended. Trust me: pick up this book and you won't regret it, unless you end up losing some sleep over it like I did!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Book Very well written book about the complexities of sisterhood and family life. Great character development for many of the people in the book. It is written from many different points of view which helps to give a more personal feel of the entire story. I loved it and recommend it for anyone.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A never put downer! This book had me from page one. It was so indepth and heart touching I was additcted all the way through. It is also amazing to see what guilt can do to a person once a terrible deed has been done. I believe this teaches us a lesson on honesty and treating others as equals no matter what their limitations might be. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! It is rare that I read a book that I think everyone should read. This is one of them. It is gripping from the first word to the last. It is heart-warming, and heart-wrenching at the same time. It tackles a topic that isn't often visited in books and gives a believable account of it. It shows the different ways that people react to adversity and makes you realize that not all decisions are right or wrong, but that many lie somewhere in the middle. One of the best books I have read. If the topic sounds interesting to you, read it. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opener Sad and frought with emotion from a young child's point of view. Really makes one think about choices in life.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Read! One of the best books I've read in a long time! Jodi has a way of keeping you interested by toggling back and forth between the characters, and telling of each of their lives throughout the story. Wasn't the ending I was expecting AT ALL; a surprise for sure! I couldn't wait to pass it on to MY sister to read!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A touching story I truly enjoyed the theme of this book - morality over saving ones we love - what is the extent? Will we hurt one of our own to save another of our own...this novel brings the debate of designer babies or altering embroys for the purpose of saving ill people. The author did a great job portraying the challenges and questions that arise and in portraying how an ill child affects the whole family. Unfortunately, her ending was awful. I think it went too far and also I think everything at the end was sewn up too neatly - it's not real life!
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This is a great read. It starts off a little slow but within the last couple of chapters the whole world flips upside down. You come away with a greater feeling of worth and you understand exactly what the characters are going through. Great read.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I was prepared to not like this book but as we were reading it in our bookclub, read it over the holidays. It is amazing - great perspective from all members of the family including the doner sister. This is about saving one sister with the help of her other sister who was 'created' specially to save her sister. The 3 siblings are all dealing with a sense of loss & act out accordingly. The parents stumble along trying to fix everything. It is hard to see how human emotions spill over into everyday living. What a huge twist at the end. READ It
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and intriguing This is the first of Jodi Picoults books that I have read and it won't be the last. I finally understand what people have been raving about! My Sister's Keeper was funny in parts, painful in parts and quite insightful. Her style of writing is easy to read and very enjoyable. The only small criticism I have is that each chapter shifts in point of view from the different characters, which can be confusing and almost annoying at times, however at the same time, it does allow you to see inside the minds of each of the characters as the story unfolds, so you really get to know them. I really enjoyed this book and will start reading more of Jodi Picoults work.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING!! I just finished this book for ym Book Club and cannot say enough good things about it... great read!
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn'tput it down! I read this book in 2 days! It was a great idea and concept. I enjoyed the story being written from different view points.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully moving! When I started reading this book I was not quite sure what to expect. I rooted for the healthy daughter in her choice to seperate herself from her ill sister and become her own individual.I never expected to fall in love with the family and their fictional fight to save a daughter. Better read this with a full box of tissues at the ready.
Date published: 2008-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A LOT BETTER THAN I EVER THOUGHT!!! I loved this book! It makes you laugh, think and even cry! The writing in this book was excellent!!! This is the first Picoult book I have read though - hope the others are just as good! Worth a read for sure!!!
Date published: 2007-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review My first thought when I finished reading this book was: "wow". I couldn't put this book down from start to finish. The characters are fully developed, and the story is very realistic. It was a very thought provoking book ... I found myself trying to put myself in the shoes of each of those characters ... how would I feel if I were Anna? Kate? Jesse? Their mother? Their father? As with many decisions we face in life, there are no easy answers. There aren't many books that make me cry, but this was certainly one of them. My Sister's Keeper is now on my "Top Five Farouite Books" list. Amazing.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book was chosen as our first book club read. It is absolutely one of best books I have read. The story is controversial and you will want to talk about after you read - so if are buying the book for yourself, get your BF a copy for Christmas. I laughed, I cried......I kept turning the pages and when the book was done I knew that Anna and Kate would be with me for long time. You can't go wrong with this one.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Book Clubs (and everyone else)!! I am not in a book club, sadly, but when I read this book I really wish I hda been, all I wanted to do was talk to people about this book. Jodi Picoult writes books that are just amazing! The thing I loved about 'My Sister's Keeper' was that each chapter was written from a different character's perspective. Instead of having one narrator the reader gets to be in everyone's head and see the world through their eyes. I thought that this is what really made the book so amazing! A truly amazing novel and one that you will never want to stop talking about, I know I don't!!
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!! This book was amazing. It was a book I couldn't put down. Not such a great thing at the end as I was crying on the subway (a bit embarrassing I must admit). The story was one any sister will get. I have passed it one to all my friends and think you will too once you finish.
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unbelievably bad Just finished reading this for my bookclub and would never,could never have finished it except for that. It is the worst book ever picked by our group. The writing is poor and filled with cliches. I had a "groaner" moment every 10 pages or so. The characters are not believable, memorable or in the least bit sympathetic - especially the mother. A woman who views her younger daughter as a spare-parts depot is a monster and nothing in the writing made me understand her. The plot is "made-for-TV Disease-of-the-Week" BAD. The use of different fonts for each character is preciously highschool and the writing was so bad I often had to go back to the beginning of each chapter to see who was speaking because they all sounded the same. Many have praised the book but state the ending is bad or disappointing. Let me tell you it is bad AND disappointing from start to finish and the only thing I felt at the end was relief that it was over and I'll never have to read Jodi Picoult again. I would quit the bookclub before that.
Date published: 2007-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was one of the first books I read by this author. It was one of the best books I have read this year. I was not able to put it down once I started reading it, and since reading My Sister's Keeper, I have enjoyed more of this author's novels.
Date published: 2007-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 'MUST' read!!! This book is a must read. This book catches you from the very beginning and you have a hard time putting it down. The best book I've read in a while and well worth your time!!!
Date published: 2007-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great My Sister's Keeper was a book that I could not put down. It really showed raw and deep emotion between the two sisters and the bond that could never be broken between them. It shows how hard times can bring a family together but how it can also tear them apart. My Sister's Keeper was amazing and the twist at the end just made the book that much more great!
Date published: 2007-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! probably one of the most captivating books ive ever read!! i loved how the narrative changed every chapter, and yet the story was so easy to be drawn in to. this is an amazing book, you have to read it!
Date published: 2007-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating My Sister’s Keeper is definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone. It’s one of those books that you can’t put down once you start reading. It’s interesting because it’s written in shifting-first person; each chapter is from the view point of a different character in the novel. The main character, Anna Fitzgerald is a thirteen year old girl who is caught between a rock and a hard place: She was born solely to be a donor to her older sister who is dying of leukemia. Ever since she was a baby she has been donating her blood and bone marrow to help keep her sister alive. Now that she is thirteen, she has decided that she wants to have the choice of whether or not to donate her kidney to her sister Kate, who needs it if she wants to live. The idea for this story alone was fascinating enough for me to start reading this book, and it was fascinating all the way through.
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Keeper I could not put the book down despite the subject matter. At first I was unsure if I wanted to read something that I truly cannot fathom having children of my own. The book challenges you to wonder what would you do in a situation like the one the Fitzgeralds are facing. I loved that it was narrated by all of the characters giving you a 360 degree view of everything that was happening. The story is more than just one about a family dealt a bad hand, but one of how everything is turned inside out and still there is no right answer. I had a hard time letting the Fitzgeralds go, the book is emotionally draining but written with such eloquence you can't pass this one up.
Date published: 2007-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This is an absolute amazing book. Once you pick it up you won't be able to put it down!! I haven't read a book this good in a very long time!
Date published: 2007-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny This is by far one of the best books I've read. The story was craftfully woven, having me laughing and crying unabashedly. It manages to bring the important issue of morality in mideical rights to the forefront, without making it obvious that it is encouraging you to formulate an opinion on the matter. I definitely recommend this book to anyone with a heart.
Date published: 2007-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing What surprised me the most about this book was the deft way the author kept it from being absolutely depressing. On the surface, you would imagine it to be a book that was going to wallow in the darker side of empathy, but Picoult crafts a kind of survivor's humour into her characters that make the story a delight as well as emotionally deep. The set-up is a simple one: a couple who learn their daughter has a recurrent disease craft another child - a perfect donor - in hopes that one transplant will end the trouble for their other daughter. It does not, and this second girl lives life feeling like she is merely a genetic source for further treatments to her elder sister. Going from one character to another, each chapter in a different character's voice, you hear the whole tale, which begins when the younger daughter attempts to sue for medical emancipation - even thought this will likely mean the death of her elder sister. Absolutely breathtaking in style and form. Definitely a worthy read.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly well crafted What surprised me the most about this book was the deft way the author kept it from being absolutely depressing. On the surface, you would imagine it to be a book that was going to wallow in the darker side of empathy, but Picoult crafts a kind of survivor's humour into her characters that make the story a delight as well as emotionally deep. The set-up is a simple one - a couple who learn their daughter has a recurrant disease craft another child - a perfect donor - in hopes that one transplant will end the trouble for their other daughter. It does not, and this second girl lives life feeling like she is merely a genetic source for further treatments to her elder sister. Going from one character to another, each chapter in a different character's voice, you hear the whole tale, which begins when the younger daughter attempts to sue for medical emancipation - even thought this will likely mean the death of her elder sister. Absolutely breathtaking in style and form. Definitely a worthy read.
Date published: 2007-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAPTIVATING This book is a must-read! You start, and you can't stop. It tears at your heart straight from the beginning! If you have ever have had fight with a sibbling, a parent, or a friend, then you will feel the the emotions. It is a real heartbreaking story. It shows that people will do anything for the ones they love, and it is one of the best books I have, and will ever read in my entire life.
Date published: 2007-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking. Jodi Picoult is famous for her ease at tackling controversial issues. She does it again in this book as a young girl, born and genetically engenired to save her sister's life begins to question her purpose in life. She begins a journey to decide whether to continue being a bone marrow donar to her sister or let her die. The writng style of this book is amazing. Picoult takes the reader through a series of different emotions by speaking from each characters point of view in turn. Each character has thier own voice and Picoult does a great job of pulling you into the story and comitting to the issues presented right up until the shocking end.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow The variety of unique male and female perspectives, both young and old, were stunningly captured in this novel. Each flawless transition between narrators thrusts new opinions upon the reader, which causes one to question their own thoughts and morals regarding the extremely controversial issue raised in this novel. It is far too easy to be drawn into Anna's world, and consumed by the intense emotion radiating off each character. Consequentially, it becomes even more difficult to step back out to reality. Regardless of your stance on this impactful medical and moral issue, you are left in deep thought after each chapter in this amazing novel.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional What would your life be like if your parents had conceived you in the hope of saving your sister? That is the heart of this stunning novel. Anna is thirteen when she sues her parents for medical emancipation so that they can no longer force her to undergo procedures designed to save her sister Kate’s life. It is a story about family and love, and the decisions we face to preserve them. This is my most absolute favourite book that I have read in the last five years. It’s an emotional read, and you will cry at the end (be warned!). It is also beautifully-written, with characters that jump off the page and become real. I found myself wondering what happened to the family after the book ended.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from completely engrossing and "unputdownable" This novel is simply amazing! The topic is relevant and thought-provoking. Jodi Picoult is able to create characters which are believable and heartwarming while still maintaining realistically flawed personalities. It is easy to be caught up in the struggles of each of the characters because the author is able to present the thoughts and dilemnas faced by each as she works through a variety of chapters which are devloted to individual characters. The ending is a complete surprise and yet, in retrospect, is one of the most honest ways of putting closure on such an engrossing topic.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This is one of the most incredible books I have ever read. I think that some of the emotions in this book are ones which many siblings feel from time to time. I love how the book flows and rolls to keep your interest. Great job!!
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking The author allows you to make your own mind up when it comes to taking sides with a character. Each member of this family is strong and wonderful in their own way...at different times you will understand where each of them is coming from and sympathize with them all. Excellent but very sad.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was great. The characters were so well developed I felt like I could understand all of them. I didn't want it to end, and yet, stayed up all night reading it :) Jodi Picoult did a great job examining the family dynamics, and really made the reader think about all the issues the story raises.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real Tear-jerker A great book!! I loved how the author wrote the story from many points of view. I think the mom in this story is so overwhelmed that she can only focus on one thing at a time. Is it ethical to have a designer baby. I am certainly glad I was never in that position. I would hope that I would notice what is going on in the family with both Jesse and Anna.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of the year This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning! Let me just share a piece of advice with anyone else that reads this book. Do not do what I did! I went to the back of the book to check out how long the book was, and completely spoiled one part of the story for myself. So I will tell you that the book is 423 pages long! This was really a very emotional story. I sympathized with both Kate and Anna, as it seemed that they both wanted the same thing - to be normal, stop going to the hospital so much, and be loved by their parents equally. I'm not even going to pretend to know what it would be like as a mother to have a child with cancer, but I do believe that it is unethical to have a baby for the sole purpose of donating/harvesting organs or blood for another child. As for Sara, I can't really say that I sympathized with her much during the book. There were a few comments she said that really turned me off. For example, when she was talking about having Anna, she didn't say that she was pregant with her child, she said she was pregant with a miracle that would save her other child. And whenever anyone asked her about Anna, she answered her question in terms of Kate. The two twists at the end were expected (one was because I was stupid enough to turn to the last page). If you are an emotional reader, I suggest keeping a couple of Kleenex nearby!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Jodi Picoult comes up with the greatest plot lines for her novels. This is indeed different from any book I have ever read, and most likely, that I ever will read. It's a great read.
Date published: 2006-06-06

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My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: February 1, 2005

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743454537

ISBN - 13: 9780743454537

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Chapter One: Anna When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn''t how babies were made, but why . The mechanics I understood -- my older brother Jesse had filled me in -- although at the time I was sure he''d heard half of it wrong. Other kids my age were busy looking up the words penis and vagina in the classroom dictionary when the teacher had her back turned, but I paid attention to different details. Like why some mothers only had one child, while other families seemed to multiply before your eyes. Or how the new girl in school, Sedona, told anyone who''d listen that she was named for the place where her parents were vacationing when they made her ( "Good thing they weren''t staying in Jersey City," my father used to say). Now that I am thirteen, these distinctions are only more complicated: the eighth-grader who dropped out of school because she got into trouble; a neighbor who got herself pregnant in the hopes it would keep her husband from filing for divorce. I''m telling you, if aliens landed on earth today and took a good hard look at why babies get born, they''d conclude that most people have children by accident, or because they drink too much on a certain night, or because birth control isn''t one hundred percent, or for a thousand other reasons that really aren''t very flattering. On the other hand, I was born for a very specific purpose. I wasn''t the result of a cheap bottle of wine or a full moon or the heat of the moment. I was born because a scientist man
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From the Publisher

Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.

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.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton, & a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of six previous books. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband & three children.

Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.

Bookclub Guide

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1) One of this novel''s strengths is the way it skillfully demonstrates the subjectivity people bring to their interactions with others. The motivations of individual characters, the emotions that pull them one way or another, and the personal feelings that they inject into professional situations becomes achingly clear as we explore many different viewpoints. For example, despite Julia and Campbell''s attempts to remain calm, unemotional and businesslike when they deal with one another, the past keeps seeping in, clouding their interaction. The same goes for the interaction between Sara and Anna during the trial. Is there such a thing as an objective decision in the world of this story? Is anyone capable of being totally rational, or do emotions always come into play?

2) What do you think of this story''s representation of the justice system? What was your opinion of the final outcome of the trial?

3) What is your opinion of Sara? With her life focused on saving Kate, she sometimes neglects her other children. Jesse is rapidly becoming a juvenile delinquent, and Anna is invisible -- a fact that the little girl knows only too well. What does this say about Sara''s role as a mother? What would you have done in her shoes? Has she unwittingly forgotten Jesse and Anna, or do you think she has consciously chosen to neglect them -- either as an attempt to save a little energy for herself, or as some kind of punishment? Does Sara resent her other children for being healthy? Did you find yourself criticizing Sara, empathizing with her, or both?

4) During a conversation about Kate, Zanne tells Sara, "No one has to be a martyr 24/7." When she mistakenly hears the word "mother" not "martyr" and is corrected by Zanne, Sara smiles and asks, "Is there a difference?" In what ways does this moment provide insight into Sara''s state of mind? Do you think it strange that she sees no difference between motherhood and martyrhood?

5) Campbell is certainly a fascinating character: guarded, intelligent, caring and yet selfish at the same time. Due to these seemingly contradictory traits, it can be difficult to figure him out. As he himself admits, "motivations are not what they seem to be." At one point he states, "Out of necessity -- medical and emotional -- I have gotten rather skilled at being an escape artist." Why do you think Campbell feels that he needs to hide his illness? Is it significant that Anna is the first to break down his barriers and hear the truth? Why, for example, does he flippantly dismiss all questions regarding Judge with sarcastic remarks?

6) At one point, Campbell thinks to himself: "There are two reasons not to tell the truth -- because lying will get you what you want, and because lying will keep someone from getting hurt." With this kind of thinking, Campbell gives himself an amazingly wide berth; he effectively frees himself from speaking any semblance of the truth as long as the lie will somehow benefit himself or anyone else. Did it concern you that a lawyer would express an opinion like this? Do you think, by the end of the story, that Campbell still thinks this moral flexibility is okay? In what ways might this kind of thinking actually wind up hurting Campbell?

7) It is interesting that Campbell suffers seizures that only his dog can foresee. How might this unique relationship mirror some of the relationships between humans in this novel? In what ways does Judge introduce important ideas about loyalty and instinct?

8) On page 149, Brian is talking to Julia about astronomy and says, "Dark matter has a gravitational effect on other objects. You can''t see it, you can''t feel it, but you can watch something being pulled in its direction." How is this symbolic of Kate''s illness? What might be a possible reason for Brian''s fascination with astronomy?

9) Near the end of the novel, Anna describes "Ifspeak" -- the language that all children know, but abandon as they grow older -- remarking that "Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I''ve decided, is only a slow sewing shut." Do you believe this to be true? What might children teach the adults in this novel? Which adults need lessons most?

10) "It''s more like we''re astronauts, each wearing a separate helmet, each sustained by our own source of air." This quote comes from Anna, as she and her parents sit in silence in the hospital cafeteria. Besides being a powerful image of the family members'' isolation, this observation shows Anna to be one of the wisest, most perceptive characters in this novel. Discuss the alienation affecting these characters. While it is obvious that Anna''s decision to sue her parents increases that sense of alienation throughout the novel (especially for Anna herself), do you think that she has permanently harmed the family dynamic?

11) During the trial, when Dr. Campbell takes the stand, he describes the rules by which the medical ethics committee, of which he is a part, rules their cases. Out of these six principles (autonomy, veracity, fidelity, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice), which apply to Anna''s lawsuit? Moreover, which of these should be applied to Anna''s home situation? In other words, do you think a parent might have anything to learn from the guidelines that the doctors follow? Are there family ethics that ought to be put into place to ensure positive family dynamics? I so, what should they be?

12) Early in the legal proceedings, Anna makes a striking observation as she watches her mother slip back into her lawyer role, noting, "It is hard to believe that my mother used to do this for a living. She used to be someone else, once. I suppose we all were." Discuss the concept of change as it is presented in this story. While most of the characters seem to undergo a metamorphosis of sorts -- either emotionally or even physically (in the case of Kate), some seem more adept at it than others. Who do you think is ultimately the most capable of undergoing change and why?

13) Discuss the symbolic role that Jesse''s pyromania plays in this novel, keeping in mind the following quote from Brian: "How does someone go from thinking that if he cannot rescue, he must destroy?" Why is it significant that Jesse has, in many respects, become the polar opposite of his father? But despite this, why is Jesse often finding himself in the reluctant hero position (saving Rat, delivering the baby at boot camp)? Brian himself comes to realize, in the scene where he confronts Jesse, that he and his son aren''t so different. Talk about the traits that they share and the new understanding that they gain for each other by the end of the story.

14) My Sister''s Keeper explores the moral, practical and emotional complications of putting one human being in pain or in danger for the well being of another. Discuss the different kinds of ethical problems that Anna, as the "designer baby," presents in this story? Did your view change as the story progressed? Why or why not? Has this novel changed any of your opinions about other conflicts in bioethics like stem cell research or genetically manipulated offspring?