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Friday, January 2, 2009

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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, and 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.

This book is absolutely amazing. One of the best books i have ever read, and the best that focuses on the topic of death/illness. This book has no age limit, but you should be atleast twelve years of age to actually understand all of the emotions layered and layered, threwn in an overly large stack in the corner of Anna's and Kate's room. i could not believe this story. Right after i finished it, i stood there staring at it for a while. I was so shocked and awed. The story of Anna and Kate is utterly unbelievable. So much, that i cannot even BEGIN to describe it. Fine, i am describing it by saying it is indescribable arent i?

I was so entranced in the story of Anna that i read late into the night, hiding under the sheets with only the light of my iPod and the conforting sound of Jack Johnson in my ears. This book is like a tidal wave of emotion, and sent me into hysterics at the end. I was bawling for at least fifteen minutes. After I finally stopped crying, i had to go back and re-read the ending. I was so shocked. the words did i REALLY just read that, kept moving through my mind, even when i lost consciousness. I could not believe it. This book is so wonderfully written. Picoult perfectly portrayed the entire families feelings, and how Kate's illness had such effect on Anna and their brother

What i especially loved about this book was how it continuously switched perspective, and each perspective was in a different font. It really helps you grasp the different things everyone is feeling, and how the things that occur throughout the story effect everyone differently. It really helps you dig deep and find the meaning of the story.

Basically, it was beautifully-written, a emotional ride, a page-turner, and SHOCKING. This book will amaze and shock you beyond belief.

If you've read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel, or Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin and are looking for books a step above them, this is book is for you. My Sister's Keeper is is a book that will touch everyone who reads it (even the unwilling readers), and change the way you view life. . . and maybe even the way you live it.

Grade: A+


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