My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

A Novel

Paperback - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780743454537
0743454537
Branch Call Number: Fic
813.54
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 21 cm.

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Citizenofthecosmos
Aug 18, 2017

Riveting and devastating. Master of the plot. Like Louise Penny and Anna Quindlen, I'll now be reading all her novels. Only an intelligent, compassionate and deep person could write like she does.

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dariagoulets
Aug 04, 2017

I am honestly amazed by Jodi Picoult's work and talent. My sister's keeper has one of the best plot twists ever. While reading this book I imagined myself endings but it was far from what actually happened. It's a heartbreaking and beautiful book I highly recommend.

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abarg
Jul 21, 2017

I really enjoyed this book for the fact that it places the thought of what is morally correct. Anna's journey to help her sister with cancer and having to make a choice that regards her own body is endearing. Every character in the book has a story to be told whether right or wrong that is for the reader to decide. I found that reading this was filled with emotion for every action each character took.
The only thing that I did not like about the book is the lead in to the ending I feel like it felt rushed to be done. I do recommend reading this book if you are looking for slightly light reading it is one that can be put down and picked up again.

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lbowlby11
Jun 27, 2017

Loved this book!

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Yoo_hoo5
Mar 13, 2017

I read maybe a third of the book and then skipped to the last 5 chapters or so. I don't feel like I missed much. Sometimes so many side stories weaken the main characters, and I wanted to know about Kate and Anna.
It was a good read, a little long, but still worth the time (at least what amount I put into it :)

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FVReader
Jan 16, 2017

Well.....that answers that: would I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing? Answer: No, I don't.
I found the story long drawn out with very little substance to the heartbreaking story she was trying to tell. Add a romance to draw in more readers, and you've got a book written for profit, not substance. Don't get me started on that ending......

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ksommerhauser
Dec 10, 2016

Jodi Picoult did it again...another well written book. Tear jerker!

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TattooedWitch
Aug 01, 2016

Heartwrenching!

Jodi Picoult is amazing! My Sister's Keeper is one of her best for sure! Highly recommended! A real pageturner!

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NanCcan
Jun 15, 2016

How would you feel if you were the mother, the sick daughter, her healthy sister, or any other member of this family? You may find yourself realizing that in answering that question, you've failed to put yourself in each person's shoes - until you read the book.
As always, we feel the feelings of each character affected by the situation in Jodi Picoult's books. We are drawn in until we "are" each character.
We are given much food for thought on a controversial topic that is very much relevant in today's world.
I so enjoy having my world expanded by good novelists!

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dariagoulets
Aug 04, 2017

"there should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it is all right to wake up crying,but only for a month."

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”

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KaseyNB
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“It doesn't take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have, we rarely get.”

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KaseyNB
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“Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.”

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“It's disappointing to know that someone can see right through you.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass - if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it's okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“It's about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“True love is felonious… You take someone’s breath away… You rob them of the ability to utter a single word… You steal a heart.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you.”

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

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Lauren Jul 10, 2008

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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