My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister’s Keeper has recently been made into a successful Hollywood movie. But unless this movie is out of this world, the whole saying is true, the book is always better than the movie. Because this book is phenomenal.

The story is about Anna, a normal 13 year old girl with an abnormal story. Her sister, Kate, has terminal cancer. Kate is constantly in and out of the hospital, can grow sick at a moments notice, and interrupts many of the joyous times Anna should be experiencing as a young teenager. And Anna’s life does not only revolve around Kate, it was created because of Kate. Anna’s parents decided to have another child after Kate was diagnosed with leukemia, in order to use the cells from her umbilical cord to help Kate get better. But after the cord blood was used up, Kate’s family used more donations from Anna to keep Kate healthy–her blood, bone marrow, etc. And now, at 16, Kate’s kidneys are failing and she is in desperate need for a kidney that her family is naturally expecting to get–from Anna.

But this is the last straw for the younger sometimes forgotten sister. She is tired of playing savior to Kate. So Anna goes to a lawyer, Campbell, to sue her parents for the right to her own body. The legal battle is the thread that holds the plot together, but Picoult weaves so much more into the storyline: Anna’s older brother’s rebellion, her father’s frustration, mother’s grief, and sisterly bonds.

Picoult’s novel moves quickly, with twists and turns to keep you interested and makes the book hard to put down. My Sister’s Keeper has a very surprising ending, which I never saw coming. I’ve heard some people say they hated the ending, but I thought it was fitting. I have yet to see the movie, but hear that the ending is completely different from the book, which I am not too fond of, I like for movies to stay as true to the book as possible.

Picoult has written sixteen novels, all on contraversial issues such as teen suicide, school shootings, rape and mercy killings. Although I’ve only read two of her novels so far, I picked up another at Border’s last weekend and can’t wait to get started. Her books are different than those that I usually review, so if you are looking for a light happy read, this is not for you.

My Sister’s Keeper is a powerful story, and definitely a tear jerker (I bawled multiple times while reading), but something that will move you, tear at your heart, and make you appreciate your family and the blessings in your life.


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