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 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.
This was a very thought provoking topic - as always with Jodi Picoult! Well narrated and hard to stop listening...........thoroughly enjoyable!
This book will have you appreciating life in a whole different light, especially if you are a parent. While listening, you really feel like you know each of the characters and can relate to each one in some way. Tremendously moving. A little slow about 1/3 of the way through, then it really picks up and you just won't believe the ending!
This book was a joy to listen to. The author provides different perspectives on how family life is effected by a seriously ill child. When everything revolves around the sick one, the other children must make do with the remains. The choices this situation presents are difficult for all, yet they have to be made.
I think anyone who has a chronically ill or disabled family member, parent or child, will appreciate this story.
This book had several narrators and all were excellent. The variety and quality of the narration enhanced the story and make this book a real gem.
There was not one thing about this book that I did not love. I devoured it; everything else almost came to a halt except for the mindless things one can do while listening to a terrific book. All the characters came alive, their feelings, hopes and fears; the ability to access the ethical questions from all points of view. I will also say the ending did NOT disappoint me or in any weaken this thought provoking story.
Let me begin by saying that I was really hoping this was a true story since I'd love to hear from a child who was conceived to save a sibling. Apparently it's not a true story, but ultimately that does not detract from its appeal. The pace of the book is very good. It was interesting and unpredictable enough to keep my attention all the way through. The characters are well-developed and the narration by different characters feels like different points of view. It did not move my world and the writing was not flawless or particularly beautiful, so I did not give it 5 stars, but it is quite enjoyable and I recommend it to anyone who finds the premise interesting.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
I was very disappointed in this book. It reads like a cheap, totally predictable story with one of the lamest endings I have ever encountered. Was not worth my time. I don't know why I stuck with it. I guess I was hoping something better would develop but it never did. The use of different voices for the different characters was the best part about the book. I could find no fault with the cast reading the story: maybe this is why I finished the book.
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