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)
This was a well thought out story about an ethical and moral dilemma. I liked how the characters each spoke from their own perspectives. The end was surprising, not the one I anticipated, which was good since it kept me interested to the last sentence. I didn't care for the unnecessary references to the gay lifestyle (no reason in the story line - it was contrived.) And the author could do better to avoid harsh language - it didn't improve the product but did make it uncomfortable to listen with my teenage daughter even though the story appealed to both of us, which is rare. Overall it was a story that made me think about it between listening sessions, and made a 15 hour car trip seem much shorter.
My sister, growing up, was always ill. This story reached through and griped me at my very core. The emotional connection to each character was nearly flawless. The social commentary, writing, plot, character development and narration are all beyond words. I disagree with others who were unhappy with the ending... I actually found it unexpected and a jolt. I am now looking into the author's other books. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to to date. I solidly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a story that really has substance. You won't be able to put it down.
I really enjoyed this listen. I found that as the book went on I enjoyed it more and more. It slowly drew me in. I thought it was very intense because it was a story that could happen in real life, and I don't think there is a right answer to the situation. I don't want to say much more and give it away.
I'm a SAHM with a passion for books. But raising 4 kids leaves me with little time to read. Enter audible and I am a happy camper!
I loved this book. The many narrators really helped the story move along. Each narrator brought his/her character to life. Highly recommend this book.
This was my first book by this author & I loved it. Was quite disappointed with the next two I read by her. Not sure if it was the format or the novelty the first time. I liked the different narrators; thought they each added to the story (each character tells their own version of events) and kept it from being confusing.
What a story! I just finished it, and all I can think is "wow". This is a great "read"! I especially enjoyed having a full cast read the book; it really makes the characters seem more real.
Jodi Picoult's writing is amazing! The story is intense and "real". The variety of narrators as the different characters makes it easy to follow the story and adds to the "reality" of the decisions, ethics, morals, and medicine portrayed by Ms. Picoult.
Well, Well, Well...once I started this book I loved it and hated it at the same time. It is a very good book but beware..if your looking for a story to get lost in that won't cause you to think about life, this book is not for you. This read caused me to soul search. I wanted to stop listening but I could not do it. The flow of the story is great, the characters soundly created. I wanted to line the teenagers up in this story and give them what they needed most, a good sound thwak on the head! The parents in this book are easy to relate to and easier to get angry with.
This book is one of my favorites to date. Obviously, the author deserves rave reviews for her depiction of the love between two sisters and the unexpected twists and turns of the story line. But, the narrators do a fabulous job of pulling you into the story and making the characters real. If you're looking for a book to pull on your heart strings, this is it. There is also enough romance, intrigue and humor to make this an excellent read!
It's no secret that this is a heavy story, but I found the author's approach -- alternating points of view of those involved -- made it almost entertaining. The characters involved in this drama are believable and some of the situations that I was familiar with (e.g., a basic visit to a pediatrician or ER) were done with surprising accuracy -- not only in the procedure, but the emotions, actions and reactions of the family members. This, right or wrong, leads me to believe there must be some truth in the parts that I am not familiar with.
All of this does not erase the weight of the tale, but it does make it lighter and easier to stick with. You are at once heartsick and hopeful for this family. And, most likely, wondering what you would do if presented with this no-win situation.
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