Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age 13, 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.
©2004 Jodi Picoult; (P)2004 Recorded Books
"Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"A complex, gripping story....A beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book. (Booklist)
a very touching story with a twist in the end. as soon as you think you know what going to happen it chages. woth the down load
WOW! The narration was as good as the story line. This is a 5 star for sure. Over the past three years I've downloaded and listened to 220 books. I think this is my second review. Never have I hung on every word. Never have I thought so much about what I would do. Never have I enjoyed a book as much as this. Well, alright, there were a few better but this one is in my top ten for sure.
As a mother of two daughters and knowing how Jodi's books always strike a deep nerve, I hesitated to buy this audiobook. I knew that it would be hard, in parts, to hear--and it was at times. But it was wonderfully written, taking every character's point of view to such detailed depth. I cried with Anna and for her. The entire storyline was such a gut-wrenching subject that I found myself one the side of Anna, then her sister, then her mom...all had valid reasons for what they did. Contrary to some reviews, I loved the ending. It was one that I did not see coming and I'm usually pretty good at predicting book endings. Without giving it away entirely, I was sad, but somehow, it seemed to go along with Anna's giving nature--simply trying to follow the wishes of her sister.
The parents in the story are perfect foils for one another. The dilemma they face and how they handle it are compelling and sympathetic. The ending could have been over-wrought, but I was impressed with the author's self-restraint.
I enjoyed the narrators as well. They added dimension to the story telling.
My Sister's Keeper is wonderfully well read by as many different voices as those narrating the story. The writing is clever and engaging, with only a few odd (unbelievable) plot twists: would a mom being sued by her daughter really choose to represent herself? What are the odds that the attorney for the plaintiff and her guardian ad leitem would have been first loves for one another in high school and then not seen each other until this case, some 15 years later?
Even so, the story provides for the most part a believable look into the workings of one super-stressed family as they deal with childhood leukemia and the implications of having had a "perfect match" baby in order to save a toddler's life--only to find out that one after another life-saving measure is required of the younger daughter as both girls grow into teenagers. The 13 year-old who sues her parents for "medical emancipation" is a perfect mix of child and adult, naive one moment and wise beyond her years the next. In this way, she's a thoroughly believable 13 year-old.
The ending is less than what we expect after such good storytelling throughout the book. It reads as if the editor were on the phone to the author saying, "We need those last 20 pages." Too many loose ends wiped away by a deus ex machina event.
In spite of this, I'd spend the time listening again, if I had it to do over. My Sister's Keeper is thoughtful social commentary and a good story at the same time.
This is my second book by Picoult and it was excellent. I am glad that I listened to it from audible because the way it was read made it seem very real. Each character in the book's point of view was read by a different reader. I especially like the reader who read "Anna." The book itself was thoughtful and really made me think about what I would decide as the judge in this case. Like "The Pact," this is a heart wrenching story. I highly recommend this.
This story pulled me along, in spite of a rather trite romantic subplot, because it deals with an interesting, emotional topic. But the end of the book involves such poor plotting, I was stunned that I'd invested so many hours in a story just to find that the author undid everything that came before with a cheesy Act of God resolution. I was completely disappointed.
"A serious topic undermined by the writing"
I've enjoyed a couple of Jodi Picoult's other books and find it hard to believe that the author of excellent 'House Rules' wrote 'My Sister's Keeper'. The latter like the former involves a serious subject, in this case, the creation of an embryo that will become a child who can provide donations of cells and more, to help keep a sibling alive. The story and the effects on the family that surrounds these two sisters is engrossing, but the narrative is over-burdened with florid writing. Nothing is left to the reader's imagination: similes clog the mind. The book could have been half the length. I could also have done without the side-show of Mills & Boon-type writing about a romance between two of the characters.
I was disappointed by the book. A saving grace of this audio version is that it is semi-dramatized by using different voices for the different characters, which carried the narrative along better than if one voice had to plough through all the superfluous verbiage.
Cried buckets at the end!
Having seen the film previously, I only read the book because I was told there was a different ending, but even then it was not what i expected and hit me like a ton of bricks!
"Fantastic from start to finish"
very different from film but I love that. this story has kept me gripped and made me ask questions of myself and of the society we are a part of. The narrators were very good and I got lost in their world's and engrossed in their characters.
"Ruined by its ending"
A compelling, well-told story with believable, interesting characters. At the heart of the novel is a moral quandary which touches you emotionally and makes you question your own beliefs and emotional strength. Very well narrated. Having said that, it is almost completely ruined by the most contrived and unrealistic ending I've ever been disappointed by. Picoult's desire to be clever and bitterly ironic serves only to erode the seriousness of the subject and the authenticity of the story and its characters. Farcical. The first of her books I have read and, because of the ending, it will be the last.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
enthralling, emotive, heartbreaking
I liked the lawer's dog judge because he was written so well and had his own little mystery running throughout
Great to have separate voices and like friends recounting a story
It made me cry at the end, not many books actually capture me like that!
Covers some very strong, emotive subjects which were handled incredibly well. You also didn't root for any one particular character they were all good and flawed in other ways.
"A Gripping Listen"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It pulled me in every direction imaginable as I tried to resolve the unresolvable.
Brilliantly written and narrated.
I will be listening to more by Jodi Picoult.
"Makes you think"
First book by this author. The story is thought provoking and well read. One of the good things about audio books is you can't read the last page so the end wasn't what I was expecting. Will listen to another by this author.
This was a thoroughly absorbing book, extremely well read by several voices. I recommend it without reservation.
As always a story about a subject that is often much in people's minds, but from a different aspect. And I never saw that ending coming......
"Captivating from start to finish"
A compelling, realistic and enthralling story covering a controversial subject. You find yourself understanding each characters views and wondering how on earth a 'right ' judgement can be made. The ending will completely surprise you.
Kept me spellbound from start to finish.
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