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My Sister's Keeper | [Jodi Picoult]

My Sister's Keeper

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2005
  • Alex Award Winner, 2005

"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)

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    hrblrmdy New Milford, CT 08-23-05
    hrblrmdy New Milford, CT 08-23-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Spare Parts"

    Imagine being ?created? for the sole purpose of saving the life of another. Imagine that you are not only asked to do this once, but over and over again. At what point are you allowed to say no? This book will make you think about and question, right and wrong from the very first chapter.

    The narration is excellent as the story is told from different points of view, by different characters. Hearing from everyone involved, makes it difficult to pick sides or to take a stand on this difficult subject matter. Jodi Picoult is brilliant in making us feel the emotional tug-of-war each character is going through.

    This book is well-written and you will still be thinking about it long after you have finished listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen vista, CA, USA 01-30-05
    Helen vista, CA, USA 01-30-05
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    "Touching and emotional"

    This is a great book about the debate of how far a person should go to save another life. I like that the author doesn't really pick a side but rather shows the various motivations and feelings of her characters. That makes them more real and its hard not to think about what I would do in this situation.

    The only thing I didn't care for in this book is the love story between the lawyer and Anna's legal representative. That was too corny for my taste.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Top Notch Audiobook"

    One of the top 5 best audio books ever. The story and reading were spellbinding. A must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Seattle, WA, USA 08-23-05
    Jennifer Seattle, WA, USA 08-23-05
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    "painfully bad writing"

    The obviousness of each development in the story, the first person voice of each of the main characters, the badly woven subplots just made this a painful book to listen to. It dealt with some very thought provoking topics in an unorganized, obvious way. It is not often I feel so strongly negative about a book, just seemed like very juvenile writing to me.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 11-07-09
    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 11-07-09
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    "Wonderful"

    Well written

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    Kelly Del rio, TX, USA 09-30-09
    Kelly Del rio, TX, USA 09-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book."

    This is a great book, very captivating, but unbelievably sad. I listen to my audio books a lot while driving, which was difficult with this book. There are many narrarators for this book, which can be nice, but can also be distracting. However, the story line itself will keep you captivated. ENJOY!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-17-09
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 09-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "OMG"

    This was the first Jodi Picoult book I'd read and it was fantastic. It was so descriptive (without droning) and pulled at all the right heart-strings. I will never see the movie they've made though cuz I would bawl my eyes out in the theatre lol. FANTASTIC book.

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    Patricia Petersburg, PA, United States 08-04-09
    Patricia Petersburg, PA, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Zero stars if I could"

    If you like contrived plots and bad writing, you will like this book. I resented the credit I spent on it. I like almost all books, so do not think I am a harsh critic. Far from it. But there is just too much here to dislike. Very sophomoric and unsophisticated treatment of important subjects. Do not waste your credit.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paula spokane, WA, United States 06-01-09
    Paula spokane, WA, United States 06-01-09
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    "whining"

    The plot is whiny and the first two readers are whiney or whiny. The book may actually have something worth saying but I lost interest because of the whining voices and characters.

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    Deanna Silver City, NM, USA 02-22-09
    Deanna Silver City, NM, USA 02-22-09
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    "My Sister's Keeper"

    Good book but a bit preditable. Worth the money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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