My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

Paperback | February 1, 2005

byJodi Picoult

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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.

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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 an...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 inPublished:February 1, 2005Publisher:Washington Square PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved how intricate and thoughtful this book is. It was an absolute page turner right to the end of the book. It was impossible to put down and it kept me guessing right 'till the end.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from . So sad but so well written. Appreciate those in your life , love them with every fibre. Life is too short , too complicated no to.
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . I love Jodi Picoult's writings. She has never failed to keep me reading. Sometimes even later than I should be. This was a very interesting story and one that tugs at your heart.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Excellent book. One of her best. The author kept me interested the entire read and the twist at the end was the icing on the cake. I was disappointed when I read the last page. The author chose a delicate subject and presented it in a way that asked the reader "What would I do?". Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Loved this book. It was emotional and I couldn't put it down. I was totally surprised by the outcome. Jodi Picoult's writing is sensitive and controversial.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good It is really well written just that I didn't really expect the ending to be like that.
Date published: 2014-01-01
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Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Great book!! Best author out there!!
Date published: 2013-10-04
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Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Judy Picoult always writes profound books!
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A very thought provoking book. Should Anna be forced to have surgeries etc to save her sister's life? Well worth the read.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Hands down one of the most amazing books I have ever read
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Another great Picoult tear jerking read
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I love the way Jodi make you think about life in a diff. light. she have a great book again that was hard to put down
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Loved this book. I appreciate Jodi's way of writing from a number of characters perspective.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This is the first book I read of Jodi Picoults. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Could not put in down. I was quite surprised at the ending, did not expect that to happen at all. Would defintley read another one of her books.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good great read hard to put down
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I had to have my kleenex box close by for this one
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This book kept me interested right until the end. The ending was a total and unexpected surprise. By the time I finished reading I was in full tears. A must read.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Good book.
Date published: 2013-09-22
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 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 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 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 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 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 main reason for thinking this is because Alec Baldwin is Campbell, that is called terrible casting.
Date published: 2009-08-07
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect summer read! This book so great!!! I try and stay away from the 'chick lit' so when I was given this book I was not very excited to start reading it. I could not put it down. It was such a plasure to read. Very touching and make sure you are not on a subway when you finish the book unless you don't mind crying in public!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal!!! Phenomenal! It's the best word I can come up with to describe this novel. I randomly picked it up at Indigo, and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. My Sister's Keeper will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride, and you think you know how it'll end, but you don' me! Dealing with familial issues, sibling "obligations", and controversial issues like designer babies, this book is filled with interesting twists and turns that'll keep you up way past your bed time. The books is also well written, with each "chapter" being a characters monologue, giving the reader the perspective of that character. I think Jodi Picoult does as good a job of writing as a 13 year old, as she does writing as a parent, or a dilinquent teenager. Up until now, a Wally Lamb book ("I know this much is true") was my absolute favourite, but this book may bump it down to second place. I absolutely loved it. Be warned, I recommend you keep a tissue box by your side, and a bottle of water (to prevent dehydration). Phenomenal!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite so far of 2006. An absolutely moving book! When Kate is diagnosed at a young age with a leukemia that will likely only be healed (and even then, not probably permanently) by a matched donor, her parents make the terrifying decision to have another daughter – one selected prior to birth as a perfect donor. What follows for Anna – this second daughter – is a lifetime of visits to a hospital when she is herself perfectly healthy. Visits to donate bone marrow, blood, cells and tissue. And now, Kate’s body is worn out from a lifetime of fighting her illness, and she needs a kidney. And Anna has asked for medical emancipation – she wants to have the choice herself, and she does not want to give her sister a kidney. Even though this means her sister will die. Ethically, emotionally, and legally – this book will grab you and hold you hostage throughout. I could not put it down, and nearly read through the night to finish. Picoult changes narrators each chapter, so you get into the heads and hearts of all the family members, and the legal counsel, as you read this incredible book. So far, this has been my favourite book of the year.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page turner! This book sucked me in from the first page. The subject is very controversial and I believe should be talked about and Picoult does it justice not only through great storytelling but also through writing it from various perspectives. A really touching story about love, independence and importance of family.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful. I loved this book. I loved the way the author was able to allow the readers to have empathy for all of the characters... I found myself feeling most sorry for the character I was reading about at that time. Initially felt much anger for Sara, but like other reviewers grew to understand her reasoning. A great book and I will try to seek other titles by this authorl.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Heart Breaking My Sister's Keeper is absolutely wonderful! It brings you through the full emotional spectrum from heartwarming laughter to anger to absolute heartbreak. If you are someone who loves to go through all kinds of emotions, this novel is for you. This is the first Jodi Picoult novel I've read and I'm now on the hunt for more!
Date published: 2006-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful This book was very good indeed. I would have to say that it was by far the best book that I have ever read. I really liked the way that the author narrated in different people so that you could get to understand all the emotions of the characters and sympathize with each of them. This book made my emotions very mixed because one day I might be sympathizing with Anna and the next with the mother, Sara. It was very stange. After I read this book I thought how could the author have let this happen but then I realized that if she didn't then it would be just a perfect ending.
Date published: 2006-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Sister's Keeper I've talked to a few people who have read this book and all of them really disliked the ending. I however, thought there couldn't have been a better ending. I thought it wrapped the story up perfectly and made the whole book have great meaning. This was a very quick and enjoyable read. I can't wait to read more of Jodi Picoult's work!
Date published: 2006-01-21

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Chapter One: AnnaWhen 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 managed to hook up my mother's eggs and my father's sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material. In fact, when Jesse told me how babies get made and I, the great disbeliever, decided to ask my parents the truth, I got more than I bargained for. They sat me down and told me all the usual stuff, of course -- but they also explained that they chose little embryonic me, specifically, because I could save my sister, Kate. "We loved you even more," my mother made sure to say, "because we knew what exactly we were getting."It made me wonder, though, what would have happened if Kate had been healthy. Chances are, I'd still be floating up in Heaven or wherever, waiting to be attached to a body to spend some time on Earth. Certainly I would not be part of this family. See, unlike the rest of the free world, I didn't get here by accident. And if your parents have you for a reason, then that reason better exist. Because once it's gone, so are you.Pawnshops may be full of junk, but they're also a breeding ground for stories, if you ask me, not that you did. What happened to make a person trade in the Never Before Worn Diamond Solitaire? Who needed money so badly they'd sell a teddy bear missing an eye? As I walk up to the counter, I wonder if someone will look at the locket I'm about to give up, and ask these same questions. The man at the cash register has a nose the shape of a turnip, and eyes sunk so deep I can't imagine how he sees well enough to go about his business. "Need something?" he asks. It's all I can do to not turn around and walk out the door, pretend I've come in by mistake. The only thing that keeps me steady is knowing I am not the first person to stand in front of this counter holding the one item in the world I never thought I'd part with."I have something to sell," I tell him."Am I supposed to guess what it is?""Oh." Swallowing, I pull the locket out of the pocket of my jeans. The heart falls on the glass counter in a pool of its own chain. "It's fourteen-karat gold," I pitch. "Hardly ever worn." This is a lie; until this morning, I haven't taken it off in seven years. My father gave it to me when I was six after the bone marrow harvest, because he said anyone who was giving her sister such a major present deserved one of her own. Seeing it there, on the counter, my neck feels shivery and naked.The owner puts a loop up to his eye, which makes it seem almost normal size. "I'll give you twenty.""Dollars?""No, pesos. What did you think?""It's worth five times that!" I'm guessing.The owner shrugs. "I'm not the one who needs the money."I pick up the locket, resigned to sealing the deal, and the strangest thing happens -- my hand, it just clamps shut like the Jaws of Life. My face goes red with the effort to peel apart my fingers. It takes what seems like an hour for that locket to spill into the owner's outstretched palm. His eyes stay on my face, softer now. "Tell them you lost it," he offers, advice tossed in for free.If Mr. Webster had decided to put the word freak in his dictionary, Anna Fitzgerald would be the best definition he could give. It's more than just the way I look: refugee-skinny with absolutely no chest to speak of, hair the color of dirt, connect-the-dot freckles on my cheeks that, let me tell you, do not fade with lemon juice or sunscreen or even, sadly, sandpaper. No, God was obviously in some kind of mood on my birthday, because he added to this fabulous physical combination the bigger picture -- the household into which I was born. My parents tried to make things normal, but that's a relative term. The truth is, I was never really a kid. To be honest, neither were Kate and Jesse. I guess maybe my brother had his moment in the sun for the four years he was alive before Kate got diagnosed, but ever since then, we've been too busy looking over our shoulders to run headlong into growing up. You know how most little kids think they're like cartoon characters -- if an anvil drops on their heads they can peel themselves off the sidewalk and keep going? Well, I never once believed that. How could I, when we practically set a place for Death at the dinner table? Kate has acute promyelocytic leukemia. Actually, that's not quite true -- right now she doesn't have it, but it's hibernating under her skin like a bear, until it decides to roar again. She was diagnosed when she was two; she's sixteen now. Molecular relapse and granulocyte and portacath -- these words are part of my vocabulary, even though I'll never find them on any SAT. I'm an allogeneic donor -- a perfect sibling match. When Kate needs leukocytes or stem cells or bone marrow to fool her body into thinking it's healthy, I'm the one who provides them. Nearly every time Kate's hospitalized, I wind up there, too.None of which means anything, except that you shouldn't believe what you hear about me, least of all that which I tell you myself. As I am coming up the stairs, my mother comes out of her room wearing another ball gown. "Ah," she says, turning her back to me. "Just the girl I wanted to see."I zip it up and watch her twirl. My mother could be beautiful, if she were parachuted into someone else's life. She has long dark hair and the fine collarbones of a princess, but the corners of her mouth turn down, like she's swallowed bitter news. She doesn't have much free time, since a calendar is something that can change drastically if my sister develops a bruise or a nosebleed, but what she does have she spends at, ordering ridiculously fancy evening dresses for places she is never going to go. "What do you think?" she asks.The gown is all the colors of a sunset, and made out of material that swishes when she moves. It's strapless, what a star might wear sashaying down a red carpet -- totally not the dress code for a suburban house in Upper Darby, RI. My mother twists her hair into a knot and holds it in place. On her bed are three other dresses -- one slinky and black, one bugle-beaded, one that seems impossibly small. "You look..."Tired. The word bubbles right under my lips. My mother goes perfectly still, and I wonder if I've said it without meaning to. She holds up a hand, shushing me, her ear cocked to the open doorway. "Did you hear that?""Hear what?""Kate.""I didn't hear anything." But she doesn't take my word for it, because when it comes to Kate she doesn't take anybody's word for it. She marches upstairs and opens up our bedroom door to find my sister hysterical on her bed, and just like that the world collapses again. My father, a closet astronomer, has tried to explain black holes to me, how they are so heavy they absorb everything, even light, right into their center. Moments like this are the same kind of vacuum; no matter what you cling to, you wind up being sucked in."Kate!" My mother sinks down to the floor, that stupid skirt a cloud around her. "Kate, honey, what hurts?"Kate hugs a pillow to her stomach, and tears keep streaming down her face. Her pale hair is stuck to her face in damp streaks; her breathing's too tight. I stand frozen in the doorway of my own room, waiting for instructions: Call Daddy. Call 911. Call Dr. Chance. My mother goes so far as to shake a better explanation out of Kate. "It's Preston," she sobs. "He's leaving Serena for good."That's when we notice the TV. On the screen, a blond hottie gives a longing look to a woman crying almost as hard as my sister, and then he slams the door. "But what hurts?" my mother asks, certain there has to be more to it than this."Oh my God," Kate says, sniffling. "Do you have any idea how much Serena and Preston have been through? Do you?"That fist inside me relaxes, now that I know it's all right. Normal, in our house, is like a blanket too short for a bed -- sometimes it covers you just fine, and other times it leaves you cold and shaking; and worst of all, you never know which of the two it's going to be. I sit down on the end of Kate's bed. Although I'm only thirteen, I'm taller than her and every now and then people mistakenly assume I'm the older sister. At different times this summer she has been crazy for Callahan, Wyatt, and Liam, the male leads on this soap. Now, I guess, it's all about Preston. "There was the kidnapping scare," I volunteer. I actually followed that story line; Kate made me tape the show during her dialysis sessions. "And the time she almost married his twin by mistake," Kate adds. "Don't forget when he died in the boat accident. For two months, anyway." My mother joins the conversation, and I remember that she used to watch this soap, too, sitting with Kate in the hospital. For the first time, Kate seems to notice my mother's outfit. "What are you wearing?" "Oh. Something I'm sending back." She stands up in front of me so that I can undo her zipper. This mail-order compulsion, for any other mother, would be a wake-up call for therapy; for my mom, it would probably be considered a healthy break. I wonder if it's putting on someone else's skin for a while that she likes so much, or if it's the option of being able to send back a circumstance that just doesn't suit you. She looks at Kate, hard. "You're sure nothing hurts?"After my mother leaves, Kate sinks a little. That's the only way to describe it -- how fast color drains from her face, how she disappears against the pillows. As she gets sicker, she fades a little more, until I am afraid one day I will wake up and not be able to see her at all. "Move," Kate orders. "You're blocking the picture."So I go to sit on my own bed. "It's only the coming attractions.""Well, if I die tonight I want to know what I'm missing." I fluff my pillows up under my head. Kate, as usual, has swapped so that she has all the funchy ones that don't feel like rocks under your neck. She's supposed to deserve this, because she's three years older than me or because she's sick or because the moon is in Aquarius -- there's always a reason. I squint at the television, wishing I could flip through the stations, knowing I don't have a prayer. "Preston looks like he's made out of plastic.""Then why did I hear you whispering his name last night into your pillow?""Shut up," I say."You shut up." Then Kate smiles at me. "He probably is gay, though. Quite a waste, considering the Fitzgerald sisters are -- " Wincing, she breaks off mid-sentence, and I roll toward her."Kate?"She rubs her lower back. "It's nothing."It's her kidneys. "Want me to get Mom?""Not yet." She reaches between our beds, which are just far apart enough for us to touch each other if we both try. I hold out my hand, too. When we were little we'd make this bridge and try to see how many Barbies we could get to balance on it. Lately, I have been having nightmares, where I'm cut into so many pieces that there isn't enough of me to be put back together. My father says that a fire will burn itself out, unless you open a window and give it fuel. I suppose that's what I'm doing, when you get right down to it; but then again, my dad also says that when flames are licking at your heels you've got to break a wall or two if you want to escape. So when Kate falls asleep from her meds I take the leather binder I keep between my mattress and box spring and go into the bathroom for privacy. I know Kate's been snooping -- I rigged up a red thread between the zipper's teeth to let me know who was prying into my stuff without my permission, but even though the thread's been torn there's nothing missing inside. I turn on the water in the bathtub so it sounds like I'm in there for a reason, and sit down on the floor to count.If you add in the twenty dollars from the pawnshop, I have $136.87. It's not going to be enough, but there's got to be a way around that. Jesse didn't have $2,900 when he bought his beat-up Jeep, and the bank gave him some kind of loan. Of course, my parents had to sign the papers, too, and I doubt they're going to be willing to do that for me, given the circumstances. I count the money a second time, just in case the bills have miraculously reproduced, but math is math and the total stays the same. And then I read the newspaper clippings.Campbell Alexander. It's a stupid name, in my opinion. It sounds like a bar drink that costs too much, or a brokerage firm. But you can't deny the man's track record.To reach my brother's room, you actually have to leave the house, which is exactly the way he likes it. When Jesse turned sixteen he moved into the attic over the garage -- a perfect arrangement, since he didn't want my parents to see what he was doing and my parents didn't really want to see. Blocking the stairs to his place are four snow tires, a small wall of cartons, and an oak desk tipped onto its side. Sometimes I think Jesse sets up these obstacles himself, just to make getting to him more of a challenge. I crawl over the mess and up the stairs, which vibrate with the bass from Jesse's stereo. It takes nearly five whole minutes before he hears me knocking. "What?" he snaps, opening the door a crack. "Can I come in?"He thinks twice, then steps back to let me enter. The room is a sea of dirty clothes and magazines and leftover Chinese take-out cartons; it smells like the sweaty tongue of a hockey skate. The only neat spot is the shelf where Jesse keeps his special collection -- a Jaguar's silver mascot, a Mercedes symbol, a Mustang's horse -- hood ornaments that he told me he just found lying around, although I'm not dumb enough to believe him. Don't get me wrong -- it isn't that my parents don't care about Jesse or whatever trouble he's gotten himself mixed up in. It's just that they don't really have time to care about it, because it's a problem somewhere lower on the totem pole. Jesse ignores me, going back to whatever he was doing on the far side of the mess. My attention is caught by a Crock-Pot -- one that disappeared out of the kitchen a few months ago -- which now sits on top of Jesse's TV with a copper tube threaded out of its lid and down through a plastic milk jug filled with ice, emptying into a glass Mason jar. Jesse may be a borderline delinquent, but he's brilliant. Just as I'm about to touch the contraption, Jesse turns around. "Hey!" He fairly flies over the couch to knock my hand away. "You'll screw up the condensing coil.""Is this what I think it is?"A nasty grin itches over his face. "Depends on what you think it is." He jimmies out the Mason jar, so that liquid drips onto the carpet. "Have a taste."For a still made out of spit and glue, it produces pretty potent moonshine whiskey. An inferno races so fast through my belly and legs I fall back onto the couch. "Disgusting," I gasp. Jesse laughs and takes a swig, too, although for him it goes down easier. "So what do you want from me?""How do you know I want something?""Because no one comes up here on a social call," he says, sitting on the arm of the couch. "And if it was something about Kate, you would've already told me.""It is about Kate. Sort of." I press the newspaper clippings into my brother's hand; they'll do a better job explaining than I ever could. He scans them, then looks me right in the eye. His are the palest shade of silver, so surprising that sometimes when he stares at you, you can completely forget what you were planning to say."Don't mess with the system, Anna," he says bitterly. "We've all got our scripts down pat. Kate plays the Martyr. I'm the Lost Cause. And you, you're the Peacekeeper." He thinks he knows me, but that goes both ways -- and when it comes to friction, Jesse is an addict. I look right at him. "Says who?" Jesse agrees to wait for me in the parking lot. It's one of the few times I can recall him doing anything I tell him to do. I walk around to the front of the building, which has two gargoyles guarding its entrance. Campbell Alexander, Esquire's office is on the third floor. The walls are paneled with wood the color of a chestnut mare's coat, and when I step onto the thick Oriental rug on the floor, my sneakers sink an inch. The secretary is wearing black pumps so shiny I can see my own face in them. I glance down at my cutoffs and the Keds that I tattooed last week with Magic Markers when I was bored. The secretary has perfect skin and perfect eyebrows and honeybee lips, and she's using them to scream bloody murder at whoever's on the other end of the phone. "You cannot expect me to tell a judge that. Just because you don't want to hear Kleman rant and rave doesn't mean that I have, actually, that raise was for the exceptional job I do and the crap I put up with on a daily basis, and as a matter of fact, while we're on -- " She holds the phone away from her ear; I can make out the buzz of disconnection. "Bastard," she mutters, and then seems to realize I'm standing three feet away. "Can I help you?"She looks me over from head to toe, rating me on a general scale of first impressions, and finding me severely lacking. I lift my chin and pretend to be far more cool than I actually am. "I have an appointment with Mr. Alexander. At four o'clock." "Your voice," she says. "On the phone, you didn't sound quite so..."Young?She smiles uncomfortably. "We don't try juvenile cases, as a rule. If you'd like I can offer you the names of some practicing attorneys who -- "I take a deep breath. "Actually," I interrupt, "you're wrong. Smith v. Whately, Edmunds v. Womens and Infants Hospital, and Jerome v. the Diocese of Providence all involved litigants under the age of eighteen. All three resulted in verdicts for Mr. Alexander's clients. And those were just in the past year."The secretary blinks at me. Then a slow smile toasts her face, as if she's decided she just might like me after all. "Come to think of it, why don't you just wait in his office?" she suggests, and she stands up to show me the way.Even if I spend every minute of the rest of my life reading, I do not believe that I will ever manage to consume the sheer number of words routed high and low on the walls of Campbell Alexander, Esquire's office. I do the math -- if there are 400 words or so on every page, and each of those legal books are 400 pages, and there are twenty on a shelf and six shelves per bookcase -- why, you're pushing nineteen million words, and that's only partway across the room. I'm alone in the office long enough to note that his desk is so neat, you could play Chinese football on the blotter; that there is not a single photo of a wife or a kid or even himself; and that in spite of the fact that the room is spotless, there's a mug full of water sitting on the floor.I find myself making up explanations: it's a swimming pool for an army of ants. It's some kind of primitive humidifier. It's a mirage. I've nearly convinced myself about that last one, and am leaning over to touch it to see if it's real, when the door bursts open. I practically fall out of my chair and that puts me eye to eye with an incoming German shepherd, which spears me with a look and then marches over to the mug and starts to drink.Campbell Alexander comes in, too. He's got black hair and he's at least as tall as my dad -- six feet -- with a right-angle jaw and eyes that look frozen over. He shrugs out of a suit jacket and hangs it neatly on the back of the door, then yanks a file out of a cabinet before moving to his desk. He never makes eye contact with me, but he starts talking all the same. "I don't want any Girl Scout cookies," Campbell Alexander says. "Although you do get Brownie points for tenacity. Ha." He smiles at his own joke. "I'm not selling anything." He glances at me curiously, then pushes a button on his phone. "Kerri," he says when the secretary answers. "What is this doing in my office?""I'm here to retain you," I say.The lawyer releases the intercom button. "I don't think so.""You don't even know if I have a case."I take a step forward; so does the dog. For the first time I realize it's wearing one of those vests with a red cross on it, like a St. Bernard that might carry rum up a snowy mountain. I automatically reach out to pet him. "Don't," Alexander says. "Judge is a service dog."My hand goes back to my side. "But you aren't blind.""Thank you for pointing that out to me." "So what's the matter with you?"The minute I say it, I want to take it back. Haven't I watched Kate field this question from hundreds of rude people? "I have an iron lung," Campbell Alexander says curtly, "and the dog keeps me from getting too close to magnets. Now, if you'd do me the exalted honor of leaving, my secretary can find you the name of someone who -- "But I can't go yet. "Did you really sue God?" I take out all the newspaper clippings, smooth them on the bare desk.A muscle tics in his cheek, and then he picks up the article lying on top. "I sued the Diocese of Providence, on behalf of a kid in one of their orphanages who needed an experimental treatment involving fetal tissue, which they felt violated Vatican II. However, it makes a much better headline to say that a nine-year-old is suing God for being stuck with the short end of the straw in life." I just stare at him. "Dylan Jerome," the lawyer admits, "wanted to sue God for not caring enough about him." A rainbow might as well have cracked down the middle of that big mahogany desk. "Mr. Alexander," I say, "my sister has leukemia.""I'm sorry to hear that. But even if I were willing to litigate against God again, which I'm not, you can't bring a lawsuit on someone else's behalf."There is way too much to explain -- my own blood seeping into my sister's veins; the nurses holding me down to stick me for white cells Kate might borrow; the doctor saying they didn't get enough the first time around. The bruises and the deep bone ache after I gave up my marrow; the shots that sparked more stem cells in me, so that there'd be extra for my sister. The fact that I'm not sick, but I might as well be. The fact that the only reason I was born was as a harvest crop for Kate. The fact that even now, a major decision about me is being made, and no one's bothered to ask the one person who most deserves it to speak her opinion.There's way too much to explain, and so I do the best I can. "It's not God. Just my parents," I say. "I want to sue them for the rights to my own body."Copyright © 2004 by Jodi Picoult

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?

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.