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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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    Marnette 02-17-08
    Marnette 02-17-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Intense read, except..."

    What a powerful book about a current topic! The plot and themes were interesting: the author had me thinking about what I would do in the same situation. I really enjoyed the character development. The narration was done by several people and it was great. My only complaint was the OVERUSE of the "F" word. As a Christian woman, I try to choose things that are uplifting. That is the reason I am only giving this book four stars. When I reccomend this to friends, I always warn them about the foul language used. The book would have been just as relevant without it! Overall, a great listen - I couldn't take off my ipod!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron & Donna Campbellsville, KY, USA 06-28-04
    Ron & Donna Campbellsville, KY, USA 06-28-04
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    "My Sister's Keeper"

    Jodi Picoult has never disappointed me in the past, so I always look forward to her next book. This one surpassed my expectations. It's been 3 days since I finished it and it's still on my mind. Jodi Picoult remains my favorite author.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 10-21-13
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Intense Difficult Situation but too long."

    Story is mainly about Anna, sister to Kate, who has Leukemia. Anna is born because the family needs a donor for Kate to keep her alive. After 13 years of frequently being asked to sacrifice for her sister, Anna does not want to donate a kidney to Kate so she hires a lawyer to speak for her.

    Much of the story is back history from various family member's view points, as they go through life with a very sick daughter; that part got a bit too long, but overall you really feel for them and the impossible situation facing Anna and the rest of the family.

    While I did like this story, I have listened to two other Picoult novels and enjoyed them both more than this one, simply because it went on too long and became a bit melodramatic.

    The end has a nice twist to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim chino, CA, United States 08-03-13
    Tim chino, CA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "STAY WITH IT"

    Stay with it. At the beginning it was slow for me. I was going to put it down, but i like to give everything at least an hour. I also thought about the author and said, "This has got to get better." Better it did. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy United States 03-04-12
    Cindy United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "No Stars If I could"

    Contrived, made a mockery of serious issues, poorly written and the author used every bad cliche in plot that exists. I am baffled that anyone would waste time on this drivel. God help us from such triteness! Yikes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-22-12
    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 01-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My Second and last Jodi Picoult book"
    Any additional comments?

    My first one of Jodi's books was The Tenth Circle. I thought it was pretty good, a bit run on, but a good story anyway and certainly kept my interest. I read reviews on My Sisters Keeper and everybody seemed to love it, so I thought why not. Well I could not wait for it to end. It was sooo whiny, and the amount of analogies was what really ruined the book for me. I suppose if you look reading one absurd analogy after another, that are not even descriptive than you might enjoy the book but I found it made the story twice as long as it needed to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 01-11-12
    Jill 01-11-12
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    "You won't regret buying this one!"

    This was a fantastic book and fantastic performance! A true story about human emotions...I really think the performance adds to the overall character development. I'm still pondering the depths of the characters and I finished it a week ago! Don't miss it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 04-09-11
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 04-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Such a cheap trick end!"

    There are interesting questions within this book, but it's almost more satire than real. Who could possibly design a child as spare parts for a child? Yuck.
    But the end is one where they get exactly what they asked for. It's a prayer the devil answers. And it's as cheap a trick as I've heard of in a story. I was so let down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janine Lawless Seattle, WA United States 07-26-10
    Janine Lawless Seattle, WA United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Another terrible ending"

    This is the third Jodi Picoult book I have read - I must be a glutton for punishment. Her books have the worst endings of any books I have ever read, and this was no exception. I felt outraged and cheated by the ending. If you insist on reading this book, skip the last chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 07-11-10
    Joan 07-11-10
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    "What would I do?"

    That's what I kept thinking as I read this book and each interesting character in it. If I was the mother, what would I do? If I was Anna, what would I do? The sister? etc. Gotta give this book A+ for being thought provoking as this book addresses a very real medical/ethical dilema. Second book I've listened to by this author and I really like her style. Then ending was kind of quick, but tied up all the loose ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jane Hazel
    Melksham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    5/30/10
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    "Captivating from start to finish"

    A compelling, realistic and enthralling story covering a controversial subject. You find yourself understanding each characters views and wondering how on earth a 'right ' judgement can be made. The ending will completely surprise you.
    Kept me spellbound from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    LeicesterUnited Kingdom
    2/28/10
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    "A must read"

    This story is compelling, a must read. Don't bother with the film as the story was changed for the big screen. This is one of her better novels and will keep you turning the pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
    2/26/10
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    "Wonderful Story Superb Narration"

    This was a wonderful story, I had heard no reviews on the book, so didn't know what to expect. With different people narrating the different characters in the book, this was more like a radio play than a narrated book, and is certainly the best audio book I have listened to as a result.
    The story was heart wrenching and thought provoking, one of those stories where you can see all sides and can't ally yourself completely with any one fully. Kept me intrigued as to how it would all play out right until the end.
    A must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Thatcham, berkshire, United Kingdom
    1/13/10
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    "So much better than the film!"

    I listened to this a few months before the film came out as did my 13 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it immensely. How disappointing the film was, key points different from the book. Read this - ignore the film, or if you have to then read this first then watch the film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona Mccaffrey
    Ireland
    7/30/08
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    "Its good but..."

    Ok let's get one thing straight, I did enjoy this book, I even shed the tear that Picolut shamelessly wrestles out of the reader. Unfortunately the following had me sighing and eyerolling.
    - Why oh why does every new section start off with 'I remember when I walked into a grey gate on a misty morning' or 'the stars are not as bright as Simon Cowell'?
    Yadda yadda - I found this so frustrating, as if the parents of a terminally ill child have the time or mental energy to muse on times past, or the universe and relate this to the God awful situation in hand. Listening to this in my car it was so boring for every chapter to begin with a long pre-amble - admitedly some of them work, but some of them don't.
    - Why is Brian's voice a growl? As the book continuted his edification irritated me, hero and all round good guy with an imposibly growly voice - something weird going on there. Granted the growly voice is down to whoever directed the audibles production but my it was annoying.
    - The author shamelessly mugs you for tears, and they will come - but the ending is a saccharine Hallmark carcaphony the only thing it was lacking was a pan pipe backdrop of The Wind Beneath My Wings.
    In saying all of that, it was an enjoyable and thought provoking read - it would have been made better without the emotional manipulation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ragen
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    7/28/08
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    "Enjoyable, but with a slightly disappointing end"

    I expected this book to make me cry; it didn't but I still enjoyed it. Right up until the very last 15 minutes, when it all gets a little too convenient for my taste.
    The readers are all very good, the side stories very interesting and whole thing very informative; I heard a lot of medical lingo I hope never to hear again.
    Overall an engaging listen, and one I would recommend but it's not one of my favourites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Orpington, United Kingdom
    4/14/08
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    "I loved this book"

    A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Couldn't wait to jump in the car to hear the next part. Loved the way it was narrated and the story was engrossing; I was sorry when it ended but can't wait to hear another by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I. Jamie
    Le PecqFrance
    6/16/07
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    "A great listen - not just chicklit"

    This was one that I wasn't really expecting to enjoy, but I was wrong. I normally prefer thrillers, but the blurb (and rave reviews from my wife) persuaded me to listen.

    You'll have got the gist of the story above, so I won't go through it again. Suffice to say, that this is a very thought-provoking novel with some nice twists and turns along the way. The narration is very good with each chapter told from the point of view of one of the characters and each character narrated by a different person.

    Jodie Picoult sometimes gets labled as 'chicklit', but this one is definitely worth a listen - I doubt you'll be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Trowbridge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    5/13/07
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    "Fantastic book"

    This is a thought provoking and beautifully written book. It made me think about myself as a parent and also about myself as a child. One of the best books I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    PenrithUnited Kingdom
    4/2/07
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    "A great listen"

    This was my first download, and a great choice. I love the way the book is narrated by the different voices. Un-put-downable, but as an audiobook that's not so bad as I was able to get stuff done while listening. Except for during the last part, which had me in tears...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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