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 really interesting premise and well written, everything was great until the end. The ending is a complete cop out that destroys everything that led up to it. The entire point of the moral issues that were being debated was undermined by the last couple chapters.
This was an amazing listen! It was recomended to me as a good read, but I thought I would try it out in Audio book and I must admit that I listened whenever I could, even 10 min in my car. I cried at the end, but all throughout I would judge the characters and my opinion of who was 'right' would change depending on the person who's mind we were inside of.
An amazing listen.
The story line is wonderful and provocative. Five stars for that. The dialogue is very overdone. Help! The ending is a cheap trick, just my perspective. And it just doesn't end.
I would have rated this a 4.5 were it not for an ending that I found lazy, predictable and sorrowful. If this is an example of how this author brings a close to her writings, I'll opt out of any future offerings. Otherwise, great narrative style, using a cast of voices.
This is a great book. I couldn't stop listening as the narrators kept me hooked with the story line. The outcomes along the way are so unexpected, you won't be able to stop listening either! I don't have much time to read since I am a student with plenty of reading homework, so I listen on my way to work, school....anywhere.
I liked the narrators, I enjoyed the book and the subject made me think a lot. What would I do? The twist at the end was unexpected and made me mad, more then anyting. Overly dramatic and hollywood-ish.
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