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Amazing novel by an amazing author!

  • Jun 15, 2010
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My Sister's Keeper is truly a well written novel with a very surprise ending.  It is another case where the movie simply does not do the book justice.  The complexity of the human psyche and the lengths that a person will go to to preserve their own sense of self is very evident in this page turning novel.  Picoult perfectly describes with great detail the variety of emotions that a person goes through when they do not feel in control of their own lives.  This novel is wonderful for teenagers to read and learn from.  Though they themselves may never experience a situation like this, everyone has had a time in their life where the feel out of control and taken advantage of.  Picoult keeps the reader on edge with this amazing story.  The entire story is filled with emotion and suspense. 

The characters are well developed and each leads a life of their own.  The plot line is a little difficult to follow, but once you know who the characters are the individual story lines begin to converge and make more sense.  I especially enjoyed the story of Kate and Anna's brother.  His pain was evident through his actions and I think his character had an important lesson to teach us about the importance of respecting each person as an individual.

My Sister's Keeper is a book that has a lot of literary value.  It shows us the complex range of emotions that a family with a sick child goes through.  It is a well written story with incredible characters.  The pain in each person's life is evident through their actions, as well as their words.  This is a novel that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes and wanting to read more.  The end will stun and shock you!


 

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October 23, 2010
I remember seeing this movie after my aunt had first contracted cancer and crying my eyes out. I never knew it was a book and if you say, this is better than the movie, than I better check it out because I did enjoy the movie. Thanks for sharing!
 
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review by . June 27, 2010
Jodi Picoult has been the best seller of 16 novels including My Sisters Keeper. The fact that this book is another one of her best sellers doesn’t come to any surprise to me after having read it. It was a fantastic book that tugs at every one of your heart strings as it moves from character to character. Maybe I’m a sucker for love, but the parts that I looked forward to most in the book were the ones that dealt with Campbell and Julia. I absolutely loved how Jodi Picoult had the main …
review by . January 23, 2010
Kate Fitzgerald is barely beyond infancy when she is diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a rare and particularly robust and aggressive form of leukemia. The prognosis is bleak indeed and recovery is rarer than the cancer itself. When Kate's parents are faced with the urgent necessity to find a blood donor that is not just a match, but a perfect match, they set out to create a genetically matched sibling who will provide a perfectly matched, life-saving, blood-filled umbilicus upon …
review by . June 18, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 28, 2010
"My Sister's Keeper" addresses issues in a non-judgmental fashion from a wide variety of perspectives without attempting to take sides or present pat answers that simply don't exist. It touches on genetic engineering; the insane demands made upon a parent's time and energy in dealing with children's illnesses; the extent to which children may act out for better or for worse in a demand for a parent's love and attention; the difficulty of determining whether a 13 year old minor is capable of making …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
What a touching and real family story. Good insight as to what really happens.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Ending was much more poignant than Hollywood left it!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This is SUCH A GREAT BOOK! This was the first Jodi Picoult book that I read and I was not expecting the twist at the end! This is a must read! (Skip the movie, it doesn't do the book justice)
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The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably ...
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ISBN-10: 0743454529
ISBN-13: 978-0743454520
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria

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