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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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    Lioness 12-22-05
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    "FANTASTIC"

    I've been with Audible for a year and a half and this is by far the best book I've listened to so far. Definitely thought-provoking, funny, and a tear-jerker. Don't miss listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 12-12-05
    Mary Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 12-12-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great book by Jodi Picoult"

    A friend reccommended this book, and this author and now I am reading as many of her books as possible!
    This is an excellant treatment of a difficult subject. It blends fiction and fact very well, and has several unpredictable twists and turns. The characters are well developed, the subject interesting, and the obvious careful research of facts about the subject really enhances the story.
    The writing is top notch and easy to follow. You will find this recording hard to turn off.

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    Pamela HarrogateUnited Kingdom 12-07-05
    Pamela HarrogateUnited Kingdom 12-07-05
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    "Real Life Drama"

    I usually enjoy complete fiction but this book made a change from the normal. It is a cleverly woven story of one girl's struggle with her family. Sad but gripping with a completely unexpected ending. It has certainly made me want to read more Jodi Picoult books. I have even bought the book for a friend for her birthday.

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    Tina Landrum, SC, United States 10-20-05
    Tina Landrum, SC, United States 10-20-05 Member Since 2010
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    "My Sister's Keeper is riveting..."

    Anna Fitzgerald is caught between her dying sister Kate who has cancer and her love for her parents.
    Anna was genetically conceived in order for her sister to get what she needed to survive from the umbilical chord after Anna's birth. The problem came into play when Anna was called upon to donate bone marrow, blood platelets, etc... over the past 13 years. Now Kate needs a kydney and Anna is isn't so sure that she's ready to give up one of her kydney's. She decides to hire a lawyer and fight for her right to make her own medical dicisions.

    This story has enough of romance, mystery, and social issues to keep you coming back for more. And, the fact that there are several different voices telling the story just adds to it's intrique. It's a good listen and I recommend it.

    The only reason that I don't give it 5 stars is because of the unnecesary language that is used. The story could have been just as good if not better if the language were a bit cleaner.

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    Rachel 10-01-05
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    "Very good"

    At first I didn't like the multiple readers but then I found that it helped the character development. Weird ending but well worth reading.

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    Angela Lilburn, GA, USA 09-11-05
    Angela Lilburn, GA, USA 09-11-05
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    "Wonderful story!!"

    This book was absolutely wonderful. Just like many other reviewers, I have been thinking about this book since I finished it 4 days ago. I loved the different narrators. I would be feeling so angry at one character, until I heard their viewpoint and I was torn all over again. I recommend this book to anyone! Some people say the ending was predictable but I for one never saw it coming! Be sure to read or listen to this book.

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    Sandra Geeding 09-07-05
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    "My Sister's Keeper"

    This book is so good I recommended it to all of my friends and they all found it as great as I did. The character development is superb. You love some of the characters, hate others, pity others. It is one of the most wonderful books I have experienced in many years. Jodi Picoult is a marvelous writer. Since listening to My Sister's Keeper, I have also purchased and enjoyed the other books listed on Audible. This book is a DO NOT MISS.

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    hrblrmdy New Milford, CT 08-23-05
    hrblrmdy New Milford, CT 08-23-05 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Helen Hanlon 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.

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    Phil 07-15-04
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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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