My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this powerful family drama that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to be a good person.

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 :, Atria
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780743488815
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ehbooklover Aug 22, 2013

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 coup... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 26, 2020

My Sister’s Keeper was one of my favourite novels to read. A beautiful, touching, heartbreaking, electrifying story with unexpected surprises that has you constantly wondering what will happen next. The novel caught my attention instantly when I began reading and it kept me intrigued and engaged the entire time. I enjoyed how the story is narrated by various characters in which readers are given the opportunity to learn about their perspectives, thoughts and emotions as well as more about them in general throughout the novel. Also, Jodi Picoult, the author of the novel, uses rich, detailed and descriptive language creating delightful imagery. I was truly able to connect with the novel even though I could not personally relate to the events occurring throughout it. I learned the importance of staying true to who you are, valuing your time with loved ones and appreciating what we have in our lives. I recommend it to anyone looking for a new interesting novel to read as I believe it is inspiring, compelling and thoughtful. 4.5/5 stars
@bookworm101 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Ekaterinakuz
Jul 21, 2020

My Sister's Keeper is a book that focuses on a family of five, the parents, Jesse, Kate, and Anna. The middle child Kate struggles with a rare type of cancer and the only perfect donor in the family is Anna. The story focuses on the struggles and tough decisions the family faces after Kate relapses and Anna no longer wants to be Kate’s donor. I would rate the book a 9/10 because not only is the topic very intriguing but each chapter of the book is from the perspective of a different character. This makes you empathize with everybody even if you don’t approve of their choices. Although the book is quite easy to read I would recommend it for 8th to 9th graders since there are a lot of tough subjects being mentioned.

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rawanelsrouji
Jun 09, 2020

Get ready to cry 😪 amazing Novel.

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Kisa_Sohma
Apr 30, 2020

twas a good book

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Klimo1
Nov 04, 2019

This novel by Picoult, provided us with a great amount of insight as to how the whole family can be affected by one child being diagnosed with a severe illness. The older son was emotionally neglected, and even the parents had become emotionally apart. Anna was conceived initially for the use of her umbilical cord for her older sister. As the years passed by, Anna was subjected to numerous painful medical procedures to help her sister. Now, Anna was being asked to donate a kidney; which her older sister did not want her to do.

At the age of 13, Anna hires a lawyer in order to be medically emancipated from her parents. Her case is won in court and her lawyer becomes her guardian.

The finality of the court case appears to unite the family. Yet, Picoult chooses to let Anna die, in order for her sister to have the kidney transplant. As a reader, I found the ending quite unbelievable!

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milburnmom
Oct 25, 2019

Read Summer of 2018.

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Jul 15, 2019

My Sister’s Keeper is a heart-wrenching story about Anna, a young girl who was born to provide her leukemic sister with various body parts. Anna is thirteen when she sues her parents for the rights to her own body after she learns her mother expects her to donate a kidney to her older sister. As a young girl, she is conflicted with coping with her desires, her mother’s apparent disappointment, and the thought of her sister dying because of her selfishness. Each chapter tells the story from a different perspective - Anna, her parents, her brother, her lawyer, her guardian ad litem -  which broke my heart over and over again as I understood why each character acted as they did. By the last page, this book became one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone because I think it’s a classic every bookworm should read at least once. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate this book a 5 because it was a heart-breaking story that I could not put down - I finished this book in one day after 6 hours filled with tears. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

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robyn_lynn
Mar 20, 2019

This book is laughably bad. A fascinating idea for a plot but the characters are terribly drawn, the hackish cliches are endless, there is an obvious ad placement of a website (!!!), and the ending is so cringe-worthy that I actually laughed out loud. Can't believe I finished the whole thing but we'll call it a hate-read. Zero stars.

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dlh1
Nov 14, 2018

I had this book on my shelf for many years before I got up the nerve to read what I thought would be extremely depressing. I was so surprised at how well the book was written, with insight from every major character. It wasn't as sad as I thought it would be, because the author didn't try to tug on the heart strings like other novelists (i.e. Nicholas Sparks).

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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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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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