My Sister's Keeper

Picoult, Jodi

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Sister's Keeper
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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2009.
ISBN: 143915726X
Characteristics: x, 500 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jan 16, 2015
  • karen9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel, My Sister's Keeper is a beautifully written story about a family of 4 initially, latter 5 who go through a wild experience throughout their life time. It resolves around the family undergoing a child with a terminal disease. The story is multi perspective, and it is written amazing well for the multiple perspectives. I felt like crying throughout the story, and my tears eventually flooded out of my eyes with sadness but fondness of the love of their family. Kate is the child with the terminal illnesses, and she has a brother Jesse and a supportive mother and father. Eventually, they had Anna in efforts to provide cell donation to her older sister Kate. It's beautiful story touches my heart however, devastatingly sad story. It shows a child's feelings growing up, jealously for attention, thoughtfulness, fights, but it all ends of love. The family's strength to conquer the journey together touched my heart the most. How much time the mother and father did to support the family and never let them fall apart. I can't imagine how hard it'd be to stay strong throughout the years they had together when they had a child that may not live long; it likely wasn't an easy journey at all. It breaks my heart throughout the story, and provides me the valuable experience to read through this and understand how the characters feel through the story. It pulls the reader in the story and shows you how rough their life is, it also displays a variety of perspective from each individual's standpoint in the story. The sense of the children growing up, and the feelings of the parents in the situation and their attempt to never give up, even though they know there is no hope. I strongly believe after reading this you'll have a part of your life changed and you'll realize how you much you should value each moment and being thankful. I feel this book changed my thoughts and provided me a remainder that life is not easy, and that we should strive to look on the bright side, even though everything around us is dark. I feel that the truest love one can get is from one's family. I admire the true strength of this story and the power to convey love within a family as strong. I truly admire Picoult for writing this story and I loved it. It was a story I can't forget, and would recommend to everyone. The ending was sad, and I wished it didn't end like this way. But, life is never fair is it? We may work hard and never get what we want, we always wonder why us? Answers? None. Very well written. A must read. My favourite fiction story of 2014.

Jan 05, 2015
  • MPLolohea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's 3am and I've just finished this book! There will be tears on the pillow because it is absolutely beautiful and very well written. Picoult always manages to pull on the heartstrings, this book does no less.

Pick it up and read it, this novel is a real treasure!

Dec 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A generally well-written novel with good character development and interesting plot is marred by a horrible ending. The movie adaptation is maudlin at times, but at least changes the ending. Comedic highlights are provided by the attorney character continually inventing new reasons for having a service dog.

Dec 21, 2013
  • texasbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is very good and I have read it many times.
Its about two sisters and one cancer and the other one was conceived to save the older sisters live.
In the book the sister who is sick lives but in the movie the well sister dies;
Makes you wonder if you would go to extremes to create a child to save the


Aug 22, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I’m not going to lie. This book was not an easy read due to its subject. Because of the emotionally draining content and the difficult questions raised throughout, I found myself constantly taking breaks from it in order to catch my breath. But then I would pick it right back up after only a couple of minutes because I could not wait to find out what happened next. And what a twist at the end! One of Picoult’s best.

Aug 05, 2013
  • Violet_Snake_11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book! Well written, great story, full of surprises, sweet, sad, funny, thoughtful and almost impossible to put down!

Jun 29, 2013
  • kowalskim rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As with all Jodi's books, another GREAT story that's hard to put down. Though such a twist in this one that you don't expect. And you might need a box of tissue during this read.

Jun 15, 2013
  • sochilrita rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My first Jodi Picoult read and I enjoyed it immensely. My only dislike about the book was the ending- too much of a twist that I can't wrap my mind around it. The rest of the book is painfully honest about a family trying to work their way through tragedy and tough decisions. Not sure if I want the see the movie, since the book was so perfect.

Jun 03, 2013
  • teddypawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was my first Jodi Picoult novel. I just couldn't seem to put it down. I needed to know the reason for Anna's decision making. The ending brought me to tears and chills. Loved it! I now have a new author to start reading- next up will be "The Storyteller". And FYI- the book is always better than the movie!

Mar 02, 2013
  • brookeworthington rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you've only seen the movie, do not think you know this story. My Sister's Keeper is much deeper than that.
Ethical issue after ethical issue is revealed.
Caution: Don't read this book if you aren't ready to cry yourself to sleep.

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Aug 20, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" 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....they chose little embryonic me, specifically, because I could save my sister, Kate."-Anna

Jul 09, 2013
  • Divine19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Either this girl loses her sister, I think, or she's going to lose herself."

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry.”

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

Jun 05, 2012
  • busyinbillspants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

Jul 10, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?" p138


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Apr 06, 2012

Coarse Language: Lot's of swearing on Jessies' part.

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Aug 10, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anna was concieved through IVF as a genetic match to her sister Kate, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia at the age of 2. Initially only Anna's cord blood is donated, but as Kate's disease progresses and changes, Anna's parents have her donate blood and marrow several times. When Anna is 13 and Kate is 16, Kate's kidneys fail. The girls' parents expect Anna to donate a kidney to save Kate's life, as a transplant is Kate's only hope for survival. Anna hires a lawyer, Campbell Alexander, to help her become medically emancipated from her parents. This book follows the course of the trial, as Anna's family tries to come to terms with the lawsuit, and explores the family's life since Kate's diagnosis and their complex relationships with each other. Anna loves her sister--but is she willing to let her die?

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