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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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    Steve Williston, VT, USA 10-28-06
    Steve Williston, VT, USA 10-28-06
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    "two dimensional characters"

    Very interesting premise for a story. The author did a great job with the medical presentation. However, the characters are so two dimensional, especially Campbell, the book begins to feel like a soap opera. The lines written for the characters have the feel that someone wrote them, not that someone actually said them.

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    Judy Clawson 10-26-06 Member Since 2015
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    "over indulgent"

    I found the premise interesting, but the dialog of the children was a bit unrealistic and the pace of the book seemed to drag. I kept wanting to get to the heart of the story. Instead, I had to wade through the author force feeding me compassion and medical jargon--I felt sorry for them the first three chapters so there is no need to rehash it over and over. The ending had promise but could have been simplified.

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    Terry P. Klein 10-22-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Happy, Sad, Fulfilling, Bittersweet story"

    What a remarkable story. It was hard not to put myself in the Fitzgerald's position. The writing and narration are such a powerful combination, drawing you in and just keeping you there throughout the entire story. I'm off to pick up more Jodi Picoult stories now! I can only repeat what's been said countless times...."Read this book!"

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    W 10-21-06
    W 10-21-06
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    "EMOTIONAL ROALER COASTER"

    Yes, this book makes for compelling listening (perhaps because of the seven narators which allows one to identify with the characters) and Jodi Picout knows how to hook the reader emotionally, to the point where one FEELS for the characters, but it has one major flaw which spoiled it for me - throughout the book the main character comes accross as self assured, independent, witty, and streetwise whereas, when the book ends, one is left with the feeling that she was no more than another victim or worse, that she, despite all her positive attributes, neverthelass allowed herself to be a victim, leaving the listener with the question 'was that done just to serve the plot?'

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-20-06
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 10-20-06

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    "Riveting!!!!!"

    This book was awesome. It had me from Chapter 1. The book has seven different narrators, which I found to be perfect for the story.

    This is definitely one I would recommend to anyone.

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    Lisa Wethersfield, CT, USA 08-26-06
    Lisa Wethersfield, CT, USA 08-26-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    This will always be one of my favorite books. Loved the different readers for each character, which really connects you emotionally with each of them. I couldn't stop listening to it. The ending was so unexpected - it is a book you have to discuss when you have finished. Make sure you listen to this one!

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    Jamie Duluth, MN, USA 08-25-06
    Jamie Duluth, MN, USA 08-25-06
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    "Be ready to want to listen straight through!"

    I can't even begin to describe how this audiobook will grab you right from the start. This is a definite MUST READ (listen in this case!) and if you are contemplating purchasing this book, stop contemplating and just get it.

    One aspect of this audiobook that I truly thought was a great was having a different narrator for each character's chapter. I never knew I could change my opinion on the character and their situation so many times in one single book.

    The surprise ending will just shock you and I in all seriousness recommend making sure you are alone and at home when listening to the final hour of this book. I made the mistake of finishing this book while grocery shopping and I literally stood in the canned food aisle staring at the cans with tears streaming down my face when all I wanted to do was just go to my car and cry.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and as my title to this review said, be prepared to want to drop everything to listen to this book as much as you possibly can!

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    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06
    Robert cypress, TX, USA 08-14-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprise ending"

    This story adds a new twist to the forever debate on medical involvement with embryos. Although I felt the story was dragging at times, the ending made the whole book worth it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-25-06
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    "Well Done, Jodi!"

    A remarkable story of how each person in a family can be affected by a single decision. Jodi Picoult captures your attention from beginning to end. Narration done by several readers makes you feel like you are listening to each individual personally.

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    Joey Rae 05-08-06
    Joey Rae 05-08-06 Member Since 2015
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    "A Perfect"

    This book will illicit many emotions from the listener. In any given chapter you will agree, disagree, like and dislike the main characters. It is an emotional roller coaster ride and you won't want to stop listening. In the end you will have a full understanding of the meaning of Love. This will always be one of my favorite books.....Jodi Picoult is a remakable author and the narration was superb.

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