28 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

(Audio) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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My bookclub chose this one last month and since I read it back in 2005, I listened to it on audio this time. I’ve actually read this a few times now. It seems to be a book club staple. With good reason, the conversation it causes is always really amazing.

I’ll just put my journal entries from 2005 in here as I still cried over this gosh darn book!…

This is one of the more touching books I’ve read in a long time. It’s a story about an impossible situation. I felt for Anna, deeply – even more so after her revelation of what was truly going on. But most of all, I felt for the mother. What do you do? You have one child who needs this from their sibling and a sibling that wants the right to say no to someone removing parts of their body.

I cried. I cried a lot. I probably cried every fifty pages or so. As a mother, this is one of the scariest things to consider. Do you put both children at risk to save the other? I don’t know.

The ending… my goodness, the ending. I never expected that, not in a million years. Soo… I cried some more.

This was my first Picoult novel and I hope to read more by this author. I loved the writing style, how it took time to describe things, but didn’t get too wrapped up in that. I told the story and told it well.

If you’re looking for a good book with a little bit of controversy in it, this is a wonderful choice… just grab the Kleenex.



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Synopsis

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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